Visitors to downtown Modesto soon may be able to park longer on certain streets without running the risk of a $33 parking ticket.
The City Councils Safety and Communities Committee voted 3-0 on Monday to recommend a proposal to increase how long motorists can park downtown on weekdays from one hour to two hours before being ticketed. The area that may change is bounded by Ninth, K, 12th and H streets. It is concentrated with restaurants and shops, and most of the street parking there is for one hour.
City officials have said the proposal may go before the full, seven-member council in March for possible adoption. The proposal has the support of the Downtown Improvement District, the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Modesto Partnership.
City officials and others hope the proposal, if adopted by the council, will help jump-start the downtown core by making it more inviting to visitors. The concern is that one hour is not enough time for visitors to shop, have lunch or conduct other business.
To learn more about the proposal, go to http://modestogov.com/council/committees/safety.asp and click on the link for the Feb. 10 meeting agenda.