LA Express Park™, the year-long demonstration project from the City of
Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), is updating parking meter
rates and implementing a time-of-day pricing strategy on additional blocks to
improve parking management.
Wireless sensors are now tracking Downtown street parking activity around the clock. Using this data, parking meter rates are being adjusted on the first Monday of the month to better match the price of parking to the demand on each block and each side of the street. The overall goal of the project is to improve parking availability and reduce the time spent hunting for parking, in order to cut down on traffic congestion and pollution in Downtown L.A.
On Monday, May 6th, LADOT will update parking meter rates throughout Downtown and extend time-of-day rates to additional blocks. Overall, rates are staying about the same, but the average rate is decreasing at 4.1% of the Downtown spaces and increasing at 3.5% of them. For about two dozen of the busiest spaces, the rate will, for the first time, reach $6 per hour for at least part of the day.
Parking meters with time-of-day rates have different hourly rates matching the parking demand in the morning, midday, and evening. You can identify these meters by the unique blue labels that clearly show the maximum hourly rate. The parking meter or pay station screen will show the current rates that apply on the day you are parking. And don’t worry, the meter will do the math for you if your parking spans different rates, so you will always know how much time you are buying.
The time-of-day meter rates will be implemented during the following four time periods:
- Morning – Mon-Fri before 11 AM
- Midday – Mon-Fri 11 AM to 4 PM
- Evening – Mon-Fri after 4 PM
- Saturday all hours
Rate maps showing the hourly rates during each period can be found below, along with maps highlighting the changes happening on May 6th. Current parking rates and availability are available on your smartphone using the Parker or ParkMe app.
On May 6th, LA Express Park will also be extending time limits from 2 to 4 hours on four blocks to provide visitors additional flexibility in how long they want to park. The spaces on these blocks are a great deal because they have the cheapest rate in the area, and yet there are usually plenty of them available. A map showing the current and new time limits is available below.
METER POLICY UPDATE MAP
FASHION DISTRICT RATES MAP
FASHION DISTRICT RATE CHANGES MAP
SOUTH PARK/JEWELERY DISTRICT RATES MAP
SOUTH PARK/JEWELERY RATE CHANGES MAP
LITTLE TOKYO/TOY DISTRICT RATES MAP
LITTLE TOKYO/TOY DISTRICT RATE CHANGES MAP
WASHINGTON/BROADWAY RATES MAP