Changes coming to City Market area to reduce traffic congestion - KCTV5

Changes coming to City Market area to reduce traffic congestion

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

More and more people are being drawn down to the historic City Market. Not only to shop, but to live close by. Luckily, the city is making plans to curb a traffic congestion problem. 

Come the end of the month, you'll start to see parking meters along streets in the area. It's all in an effort to free up spaces for people, especially during the crowded weekends.

Ashley Gilbert works at Beignet in the city market. 

She said that not only has it been difficult for customers to find parking, but that it’s been difficult for the employees as well. 

"I've seen where people park their car and they leave and they go do what they're doing,” she said. “They don't come back all day and they park their car because it's not very monitored right now." 

The city is looking to adapt to the growth by looking at ways to encourage the needed turnover. 

"’Turnover’ means more customers for the local businesses and just more people able to access downtown,” said Beth Breitenstein with Kansas City, Missouri Public Works. “Whether it be via streetcar, whether it be transit, bicycle. I just want to offer multimodal access.” 

To help eliminate the congestion, the city has asked four different venders to test out parking meter options for a 90-day test period.

"So, at the end of July, early August, we will be providing some parking meters from 3rd to 5th, and Maine to Grand Boulevard in the River Market,” Breitenstein said. “Not every on-street spot will be metered for this demo, but just those areas directly adjacent to the city market."

The rate will be $1 per hour, with a two-hour maximum.

"The city also looking at some increased enforcement,” Breitenstein said. “So, the parking meters are just one of several things we’re looking into."

According to the senior planning manager for the city, Claude Page, the city is also on pace to add a 400-space parking garage and 160 more apartments. 

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