Municipal parking spots in downtown Moscow
The first paid municipal parking spots in downtown Moscow will open Nov. 1 on Ulitsa Petrovka and Karetny Ryad, Moscow’s transport department’s press service announced on Wednesday. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the return of paid parking this ye
The first paid municipal parking spots in downtown Moscow will open Nov. 1 on Ulitsa Petrovka and Karetny Ryad, Moscow's transport department's press service announced on Wednesday. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the return of paid parking in early April.
Moscow's mayor first discussed the need to create a network of paid parking in the center of Moscow in early March. According to Sobyanin, uncontrolled parking leads to public transport and motorists facing difficulties making their way around the city center. A month later, the mayor said that starting from Jan. 1, 2013, all parking within the Boulevard Ring would be paid for. The pilot project was originally announced for Ulitsa Petrovka and Teatralnaya Ploshchad. Currently, parking on public roadways as well as in the courtyards is free. The price of parking in private parking lots is about 50-100 rubles per hour.
"The capital is preparing a pilot project for paid roadside parking using non-cash payment methods. Starting in August 2012, a special information site with an interactive map of available parking is planned to be launched in a test regime, a call-center will also commence working, providing residents with detailed information about the project. The actual pilot project with paid parking on the above mentioned streets is scheduled for Nov. 1, 2012," the transport department said in a statement.
According to the press service, before that date a number of legal documents will be adopted and appropriate changes made to already existing laws in Moscow.
"We need to legally register the details of the project and minimize any inconvenience to citizens," the statement said.
Prior to the pilot project being started, an awareness-raising campaign will be launched and road and transport infrastructure, roamation concerning the availability of free places, forms of payment and control over the paid parking," said the statement.