With winter right around the corner, the City of Portland wants to remind residents and visitors that they can sign up online at www.portlandmaine.gov to receive email notices from the city when a city-wide parking ban is implemented. This year, people can also get parking ban updates by either becoming a fan of Portland Cityline at www.facebook.com, or receiving tweets from PortlandCitylin at www.twitter.com. People can call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.
A city-wide parking ban is called when weather impacts the city’s ability to carry out its winter storm operations and ensure that roads are safe for travel. When a parking ban is declared, all vehicles must be off city streets by 6:00 PM until 6:00 AM the following day (PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME). Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (tow fee – $70, impound fee – $25, ticket cost – $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid). Vehicles will be towed to the city’s impound lot located at the Ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier (phone number 774-3025) (NEW LOCATION) .
There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban including:
- Deering Oaks – on the left hand side of Tennis Court Road only
- State Street gravel lot – abutting Deering oaks
- Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot
- Hadlock Field parking lot
- All Portland Public School lots EXCEPT the lot at Reiche School which abuts the school and playground
- Cutter Street lots (off the Eastern Prom)
- Beach Street lot accessible from Commercial Street (This lot is available after 8 P.M.)
- Lot across the street from the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street (corner of Park and Commercial Streets)
- Many parking garages in the area are open for parking bans at reduced rates – check with individual garages for rates and hours
Vehicles can begin to park in these designated areas at 5:00 PM the night a parking ban is declared. Vehicles must be moved from the city lots by 7:00 AM the morning the ban is lifted.
The city can also declare a Yellow Zone parking ban for downtown starting at 10:00 PM and ending at 6:00 AM. When a yellow ban is announced, parking is prohibited from Franklin Arterial to State Street and Commercial Street to Cumberland Avenue.