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City of Tulsa to Update Parking Meters Downtown

This article was archived on 3/9/2019

The City is replacing the current 30-year-old parking meters with New Parking Pay Stations across Downtown

In 2018, Mayor G.T. Bynum committed to increase efficiency throughout the parking system by incorporating a mobile app and phasing out all outdated multi-space meters in downtown.

Last summer, the popular ParkMobile App launched in Tulsa as a user-friendly way for Downtown visitors to pay for on-street parking. Beginning this afternoon, Jan. 16, City crews will begin replacing all antiquated single and multi-space meters with new parking pay stations throughout downtown, like those currently located in the Arts District.

The City of Tulsa has been looking at an overall parking meter plan for years in Downtown Tulsa as most of the current parking meters are considerably outdated, inoperable or ineligible for repair and replacement.

To keep this from happening with the new parking pay stations, Mayor Bynum signed an executive order in 2018 to ensure funding that comes into the parking system, goes back into the parking system to make expeditious repairs and enhancements for the parking system.

“As Downtown Tulsa continues to grow, it is important to have an on-street parking system that works,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We are replacing antiquated 30-year old parking meters with new technology and will have one consistent on-street parking system throughout downtown that will be compatible with our new mobile parking app.”

During the installation period, which is expected to take three to four weeks, the ParkMobile App will be available for use. 

When utilizing the new parking Pay Stations throughout downtown, patrons will use the “pay by plate” system and use their license plate number to initiate payment for on-street parking. Users of the ParkMobile app will continue entering and a zone number that is posted in parking areas.

Metered parking in Downtown Tulsa is set at $1 per hour with a maximum of two hours and parking enforcement hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Violations such as parking illegally in a disabled parking space, blocking fire lanes, parking in front of hydrants, illegal alley blocking, and parking in loading zones over 30 minutes, etc. are enforceable 24/7.

The City of Tulsa created two videos that show the convenience and accessibility of using the ParkMobile app and using the Parking Pay Stations that will be installed in Downtown Tulsa. Media are welcome to use the videos for b-roll or use the videos for PSA’s.

For more information about Downtown Tulsa on-street parking, visit: www.parktulsa.com.