Knowledge is power! Today, the City of San Mateo launches SanMateo.ParkingGuide.com, to provide downtown customers with the information they need to find that ever elusive parking spot in Downtown San Mateo. Additionally, the site provides a portal to pay for parking tickets and will soon accommodate the online sale of monthly downtown parking permits.
SanMateo.ParkingGuide.com is your go-to spot for all things related to downtown parking. It highlights each of San Mateo’s nine public parking garages and surface lots with information about locations, entrances, hourly rates, and hours of enforcement. Photos clearly identify each garage and lot, and all are plotted on a Google map to show locations in the downtown.
The site also provides additional information about other downtown parking amenities such as the location of EV chargers, downtown parking zones, weekend parking, the holiday parking schedule, and a how–to guide for using downtown pay stations. Website visitors can also explore other popular downtown destinations including Central Park, the Century 12 Movie Theatre, the CalTrain Station, and the San Mateo Main Library.
“Those visiting and working in Downtown San Mateo want to quickly find a parking space. Providing more information about parking options will help our parking customers and create a better downtown experience,” says Ann Fienman, Executive Director of the Downtown San Mateo Association.
SanMateo.ParkingGuide.com is a result of the Downtown Parking Management Plan adopted by the San Mateo City Council in 2014. Improved communication about downtown parking is an identified goal of the plan that will help to make parking more accessible to downtown customers.
The city began implementing the Parking Management Plan last summer by introducing the new color-coded parking zones and establishing parking rates based on demand and location. The city is also exploring technologies that will simplify the parking experience, will soon introduce mobile pay to downtown customers, and is transitioning from a quarterly downtown parking permit to a monthly permit tied to a specific facility that permit holders can purchase online.
“It’s exciting to see these changes come to fruition,” says Rafat Hadad, owner of 3 Bees Coffee and member of the Downtown Parking Taskforce. “This is the first time a one-stop guide about downtown parking is available. It’s informative, easy to use on any device, and we want it to be a resource for the downtown community.”