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City alters parking deck procedure for evenings, weekends

October 19, 2009

The City of Hagerstown has changed its procedures for its two downtown parking decks -- on North Potomac Street and in the Arts and Entertainment District.

Starting this week, gate arms will no longer be raised from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on weekends. Parking will remain free during those times.

In a memo, Eric B. Deike, the city's manager of public works, wrote that raising the gate arms negates the pass systems, which require motorists to swipe in when they enter, then swipe out when they exit. Cards will not allow two consecutive swipes in or swipes out.

Also, the system can only count vehicles and tell if the lot is full when the gate raises and lowers, the memo says.

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Jason Rodgers, the parking system supervisor, said in a news release that patrons must get a ticket when they enter during off hours and place the ticket in a machine when they exit, at no charge.

If they lose their ticket, it will cost $6 to exit.

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