Palo Alto shoppers will get a slight reprieve from the city's parking laws this holiday season -- an extra hour of free parking in the city's garages.
The city is extending the length of time drivers can park at all parking garages from three to four hours between now and Jan. 1, 2012. The idea is to support the city's downtown economy during the busy shopping season, according to an announcement from the city. Visitors can also purchase all-day passes.
"Extending the hours in the downtown parking garages to four hours during the holiday season affords customers the opportunity to linger in downtown Palo Alto to enjoy the unique retail and hospitality experience," Paul Wright, interim CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, said.
The new rules apply to all city garages, including the ones at City Center, at Bryant Street and Lytton Avenue, at Alma and High streets, at Cowper and Webster streets and at Ramona Street and University Avenue. They do not apply to designated permit spaces and surface lots.
Street parking at color zones downtown will maintain their two-hour limit.