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Springfield offers option for residents during parking ban

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

With snow expected in less than 24 hours, the city's parking ban will go into effect at 7 p.m. on Saturday and continues until further notice.

"People don't often know where to go during these events," said Bokul Bhuiya, interim manager of the Springfield Parking Authority.

The SPA wants to help those people.

Residents, or anyone in downtown, needing to move their cars from the street have access to the Civic Center garage. The SPA charges $2 for every twelve hours during a parking ban. The one stipulation is that people parking their vehicles must do it on the fourth floor or higher.

"The cars are in a closed, secure, well-lit setting, rather than being exposed to the unsafe if you will, covered with a foot of snow," said Bhuiya. "People have taken advantage of that."

"The storm last year was incredible with the amount of snow that we had," said Steven Miller, who has lived in downtown off of Matoon Street for the last two years.

Miller has to park on the street, which forces him into the garage when the parking ban is in place.

"It's very convenient," said Miller. "It's right down the hill. It's a five minute walk. You don't have to worry about any ice on your car. You can't really beat it."

The only other option for Miller would be a ticket and a tow. Parking officials said that is much more costly than their $2 for twelve hours rate.

"We encourage people to not take the chance," said Bhuiya. "If you think it's going to snow, just park in our garage."

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