Parking aplenty for Auto Show, but on-street has twist

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Motorists heading downtown for the North American International Auto Show starting Saturday will have numerous parking options including dealing with the city’s new $3.5 million high-tech parking system.

For those who haven’t parked downtown since the summer, the on-street parking system features 500 “pay-by-plate” kiosks, rather than meters at individual spaces.

Once parked in a zone, motorists can walk up to a kiosk and enter their license plate number. A motorist can move their vehicle within a specific zone as long as the purchased meter time has not run out.

Kiosk parking is allowed in one-hour increments for up to four hours after 6 p.m. each day and all day Saturday during the auto show at Cobo Center, according to the City of Detroit.

The kiosks accept coins, credit or debit cards. Motorists can also use a mobile application — ParkDetroit — to pay for street parking or call a toll-free number.

A word of warning: Don’t think of skipping out on paying at the kiosk. A ticket will cost a minimum of $45.

The city will enforce no parking, two zone and no standing zones from noon to 10 p.m.

Those who prefer garage parking have several options, some close to People Mover stops, according to the City of Detroit.

Garage parking options:

■The Ford Underground Garage, 30 E. Jefferson, is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and costs $15.

■Grand Circus Park Garage, 1600-01 Woodward, is open 24 hours and costs $5 for every two hours, $15 maximum.

■Joe Louis Arena Garage, 900 W. Jefferson, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $10. On Sunday and Jan. 20 and 23 parking costs $20.

■Millennium Garage, 432 W. Congress, is open 24 hours and costs $20.

■Premier Underground Garage is open 24 hours, but there is no public parking on Saturdays or Sundays. Rates are $5 for two hours, $15 maximum.

The People Mover hours during the auto show are 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Jan. 23; 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday and Jan. 24; 6:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday to Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday.

Fare is 75 cents per ride. Children ages 5 and younger ride free.

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