Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 17, 2007–City of Miami residents and visitors share a few familiar gripes, including humidity, traffic, and the price and availability of parking. While we can’t do much as individuals about the weather or road congestion, we can make informed choices about where to park. Yet, the number and variety of parking providers, particularly in the downtown core, can add further to a driver’s confusion and uncertainty.
Here’s a tried-and-true approach to dealing with the parking dilemma: look for the Miami Parking Authority’s yellow-and-blue sunburst logo. Drivers will find it on eleven of the largest and best-located parking garages in the city, as well as at 78 surface parking lots throughout Downtown, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, the Brickell area, the Coral Way area, the Civic Center, the Design/Fashion District and Liberty City. MPA also manages all of the nearly 6,500 on-street, metered parking spaces within the City of Miami.
In a fragmented parking market, MPA manages the largest inventory of parking spaces in the city of Miami – more than 30,000 spaces – and offers consistent policies and payment options, along with a strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction. Each week, more than 55,000 drivers choose to park with the Miami Parking Authority.
MPA, a semi-autonomous agency of the City of Miami, has managed parking in the city for more than 50 years, providing safe, affordable and convenient service for residents and visitors while returning substantial revenues to the city. MPA’s rates are set by city ordinance and reviewed periodically by the City of Miami Commission, ensuring modest rate fluctuation. Private, for-profit parking companies can – and do – raise rates at will.
While remaining highly competitive on rates, MPA continues to renovate and modernize its existing facilities as well as build new, state-of-the art structures. Upgraded and new facilities offer conveniences such as prepaid parking debit cards, solar-powered pay-and-display machines which allow extended parking periods using a number of payment options including credit cards, and other advancements. New mixed-use structures house retail shops and services that allow users to consolidate their daily errands near their parking spot.
MPA’s on-site customer service team provides friendly attention to parkers’ needs. Some facilities are staffed 24 hours per day; others are visited and patrolled regularly. Garage and lot attendants, as well as MPA enforcement officers who monitor on-street parking, are trained to offer directions and other assistance to parkers and passers-by.
MPA’s parking facilities are either wholly owned or managed through government, non-profit, or public/private joint ventures. MPA funds its operations through parking revenues and receives no income from taxes or parking tickets. MPA was created in 1955 by a Special Act of the Florida Legislature and incorporated into the City of Miami’s Charter in 1968. For more information, visit http://www.miamiparking.com.