By the End of 2013 the Moscow Parking Area to Be Expanded to the Garden Ring LimitsBy the end of 2013, the Moscow parking area will be expanded to the Garden Ring limits. This information was announced November 6 by the Deputy Mayor of Moscow, head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department Maksim Liksutov at a press-conference.
The expansion of the Moscow parking area to the Garden Ring will be done gradually: starting December 5 paid parking will be introduced in Zamoskvorechye and Yakimanka districts and after December 25 the entire area within the Garden Ring limits will become a paid parking zone.
Parking fees will be differentiated depending on the charging zone: within the Boulevard Ring, one hour of parking will cost 80 rubles and in the strip from the Boulevard Ring to the Garden Ring the parking fee will be 60 rubles per hour. "This measure will allow us to ensure constant availability of parking spaces for short-term parking in the city center, further reduce average parking time and strengthen the results we have already reached in terms of the number of cars entering the paid parking area", – explained the Deputy Mayor of Moscow, head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department Maksim Liksutov.
Parking subscription rates will also be changed. A one-month parking subscription for the entire paid parking area will cost RUB16,000 while the price for a one-year subscription will be RUB160,000. To park in the area between the Boulevard Ring and the Garden Ring, a car owner will have to pay RUB12,000 per month or RUB120,000 per year. One of the directions for the development of the parking area is to make parking conditions more flexible. For instance, all Moscow residents registered at parking.mos.ru will have the right to park their cars free of charge on weekends and official holidays. Changes will also be made in the privileged parking system dealing with residents of the paid parking zone and people with disabilities: these two groups will have privileged access to municipal on-street parking spaces. In addition, the procedure of changing the car registration number in the residential parking permit will be simplified: it will now be allowed to change the number as frequent as once per month. As the project is implemented further, the parking capacity will be increased from the currently available 4,300 spaces within the Boulevard Ring to 17,000 spaces in the Garden Ring area. In addition to them, the paid parking area will include about 13,000 parking spaces in multi-level parking garages and dedicated on-street parking lots. "This means the new paid parking area will have a total of about 30,000 regular parking spaces", – emphasized the head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department.
In the effort to establish infrastructure required for the new paid parking area, road marking has been painted on over 250 streets, about 1,300 information boards are being prepared, 350 new solar panel parking meters will be installed. In the course of the press conference, the head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department urged local residents to start obtaining residential parking permits in advance. "Although the parking fees will start being collected only from the beginning of December, residential parking permits can be obtained even now. With this document, local residents will be able to buy an annual subscription for unlimited round-the-clock parking on the streets of their municipal district for RUB3,000 only. Detailed information about how to obtain a residential parking permit and privileged parking subscription is available at the Moscow Parking project web site and at pgu.mos.ru", – told Maksim Liksutov.
Speaking at the meeting, the head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department reminded once again that paid parking in Moscow is, above all, a social project. Indeed, in the first five months of its life the paid parking project implemented within the Boulevard Ring collected over 125 million rubles, and from the moment when the pilot paid parking project had been launched in Tverskoy district the proceeds exceeded 150 million rubles. All the money collected from the Boulevard Ring parking area in 2013 will be transferred to the local municipalities in 2014. These amounts will be spent in a target-oriented manner for improvement of local public amenities in the second half of 2014.
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