Harrisburg may extend free parking in downtown

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Mayor Eric Papenfuse says there are efforts underway to extend free parking in the downtown.

Papenfuse says the city wants to begin free parking at 5 p.m.

“We think that this will help bring more people back to the city,” he said. “This will be helpful for businesses and restaurants.”

The effort will be a partnership with Dauphin County and the Downtown Improvement District to help make up losses the parking system may experience. The city will pay about $110,000, and Papenfuse says the money will not come from taxpayers. Instead, it will come from the city’s share of parking revenue.

Papenfuse says the city council will hold meetings in the upcoming days that will include input from the public. He hopes the new free parking time will be in effect by spring.

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