Salem Upgrades Parking Garage Payment Method

This article originally appeared in Wicked Local Salem.

September 27, 2016-

The following information was provided by Mayor Kim Driscoll’s office:

Starting Nov. 7, both municipal parking garages in Salem — the Museum Place garage and the South Harbor garage — will be converted to automated payment kiosks. Those who park in the garages will take a ticket at the entry gates and should bring the ticket and their payment to one of the payment kiosks before they return to their car to depart. After paying, tickets should be brought to the exit gate while exiting the garage.
Those with automatic garage passes will no longer be able to use the old passes after Nov. 6. Starting Nov. 7, only the new garage passes will work with the updated gates. To get an automatic garage pass before Nov. 7, visit the Parking Department offices at the Museum Place garage on New Liberty Street at the following times, beginning Oct. 3: 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; or 7-9 a.m. Fridays. Patrons should bring their vehicle license plate number and old pass in order to get a new garage pass.

Payment kiosks for the Museum Place garage will be located outside the Parking Department office at the garage entrance, on the walkway of the exit ramp from the garage on the first level, and immediately outside the elevators on the first level of the garage. Payment kiosks for the South Harbor garage will be located outside the elevator on the ground floor level of the garage.

All kiosks will accept payment by most major credit cards, and most will accept payment by cash. Payment using the city’s mobile parking app, Passport Parking, will also be possible, though not immediately on Nov. 7. A separate announcement will be made when payment will be possible using the mobile parking app.

There are no changes to garage parking rates, however, hours of operation will be extended to run 24 hours per day in both garages, starting Nov. 1. For additional information, call the Salem Parking Department at 978-745-8120.