As thanksgiving approaches in the US, parking operators are bracing for ‘Black Friday’ – one of the busiest parking days of the year. As shoppers venture out to do their holiday shopping, filling their vehicles with turkey and holiday festive stuffings, and families fly around the country to reunite with loved ones, airport and shopping centre car parks groan under the increased demand for parking, creating challenges for customers, owners and operators alike.
The International Parking Institute (IPI) reported today “…in many cities and municipalities across the country, officials are offering free parking or are lessening parking rules to encourage shoppers to patronize downtown retail districts. In a press release distributed yesterday, the City of Boston Transportation Department noted, “The City of Boston is offering two hours of free metered parking at each of the city’s parking meters on Friday, November 27, and on five consecutive Saturdays beginning on November 28. Meters are free on these days; however, the two-hour time limit will remain in effect to give as many visitors as possible a chance to take advantage of the opportunity.”
In a similar move, Palm Springs International Airport has also opened an additional parking area to cater for growing number of travellers.
At PCI we hope that the only Turkeys in the US this week are those being cooked and feasted upon!