Those Who Benefit
We’re producing more convenient parking! Our goal is to have parking work better for you. We’ve set an outcome of having at least one space open on every block.
To achieve this outcome, we’re adjusting the pricing of the on-street spaces, lots, and garages. The lots and garages will be priced less than on-street spaces. We’re also introducing a discount monthly pass. And we’re working with businesses to encourage their employees to refrain from parking at on-street meters.
We’re also extending the time limits to four hours. If you’re coming downtown for a haircut, lunch, and some shopping, you won’t have to worry about getting a ticket after two hours.
When the system is balanced, there should be a space available for you at the length of time you need it.
Businesses / Employees
We’re providing more effective options for employees. We’ll continue to offer monthly passes to the Downtown Garage. The monthly rate in the Downtown Garage will increase by $5.00 and will now be $65.00.
We’re also adding a new discount monthly pass in the Riley Plaza West and East lots as well as some on-street locations. For only $25 a month, you’ll be able to have a pass to park in these locations. A great value!
Discount monthly zones create a low cost parking option for those who currently feed meters. You can save hundreds of dollars a year!
Rate Options. With the rate changes and new passes, there will be a greater range of price points. The daily rate (based on 8 hours/day and 20 days/month) equals:
- $4.00 (daily rate) at the Bridge Street Lot;
- $3.25 (monthly pass rate) at the Downtown Garage;
- $2.00 (hourly rate) at the Waterfront Garage; and
- $1.25 (monthly pass rate) in the discount monthly zones.
The Bottom Line. If you park 25 hours a week on Essex Street, you can save $195 a year by getting a monthly pass to the Downtown Garage. You can save $675 a year by getting a discount monthly pass. And you don’t need to worry about getting a parking ticket, or moving your car during your shift.
Park 40 hours a week? Instead of feeding a meter, you can save $780 a year with a monthly pass to the Downtown Garage or $1,260 with a discount monthly pass.
On-Street Enforcement. Please note that on-street parking is enforced by block now. That means you can’t feed the meter. You’ll have to move your car to a different block, or you’ll run the risk of getting a $25 ticket. Avoid the hassles and save money— get a discount monthly pass instead!
The best long-term parking options for court visitors are the Downtown Garage and the Church Street West parking lot. Parking in the Downtown Garage costs $0.75 per hour and payment is made upon exiting. Parking in the Church Street West Lot costs $1.00 per hour. Full payment must be paid at one of the multi-space meters when you walk off the Church Street Lot.
If you don’t know how long you’re going to be at the court, your best option is to park in the Downtown Garage. You won’t have to worry about getting a ticket, and you can stay as long as you want. Plus, it’s less expensive.
If you’re looking to save even more money, you can park at the Waterfront Garage. It is only $0.25 per hour and is just a short ten-minute walk to the court.
If you’re planning a short stay, the most convenient option will be to park on-street on Federal, Church, or Lynde streets. The rate is $1.50 per hour. In addition to taking coins, the meters in these locations accept credit cards.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Salem! There’s so much to do and see here—we want you to have a great time. And we don’t want you to have a parking ticket when you come back to your car.
One thing to keep in mind—downtown Salem is very compact and super pedestrian friendly. Once you see a public parking lot, you can park and be no more than a 10 to 15 minute walk to the farthest point of interest.
If you think you’re going to be here for more than four hours, park in the Downtown Garage or Waterfront Garage. That way you won’t have to go back to your car or worry about getting a ticket. The Downtown Garage costs $0.75 per hour and payment is made upon exiting. The Waterfront Garage costs $0.25 per hour and payment is made upon exiting.
Another long-term parking option is the Church Street West Lot. This lot costs $1.00 per hour and has multi-space meters. You need to pay when you park for the length of time you’re going to be there. So, you could run the risk of getting a ticket if you stay longer than what you paid for.
Again, if there’s a good chance you’ll be here four hours, park in one of the garages or the Church Street West Lot and don’t worry about a ticket!