Who’s in charge of Parking?
- Private Owners and Operators: Nearly all of the 45 parking lots and garages in downtown Hartford are privately owned and operated. These lots and garages answer to the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
- The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) operates 3 parking garages and 1 surface lot, but has nothing to do with those privately owned lots/garages. The Office of Parking Management (a division of HPA)is in charge of all of the parking meters in the City.
What’s the deal with the weird parking kiosks?
Pay and Display Meters vs. Old School Meters
These parking kiosks are replacing the old school, coin-op meters. They’re really easy to use. Park, go over to the kiosk, pay for whatever kind of time you need with change or your credit card (totally secure), take the little piece of paper the kiosk spits out and but it back in your car on the dashboard so the parking ticket people can see it. Tah-da. That’s it. There are very specific instructions printed right on the kiosks too. In case you forget.
Good to know…
- Free Street Parking: From 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. (and all day Saturdays and Sundays) all metered parking turns into free parking.
- Double edged sword… There are a bunch of meters around town that are no parking from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and again from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. This is so they can open up more space during rush hour. It may drive you completely crazy when you’re looking for a spot during those hours, but when you’re trying to get in and out of downtown, it’s a great help.
- Yes. You can now safely park on Pratt Street. The great Pratt Street parking mystery has come to an end. It’s now metered parking with a big loading zone at each end of the street. Read the signs carefully, pay the meter per usual, and you’re going to be fine.
- You may not get a ticket, but you might get towed: On street parking in bus lanes late at night is not a good idea, even though sometimes it looks like one.