Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Albany Parking Authority Gives Thanks With Free Holiday Parking

ALBANY – The Albany Parking Authority (APA) announces a “parking meter holiday” for Thanksgiving Day. All multi-space meters in downtown Albany will be programmed to notify drivers that parking is free on Thanksgiving. In partnership with the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, the APA is also making free parking available on Small Business Saturday in its Riverfront Garage, encouraging people to shop locally by providing easy access to downtown’s businesses (meter parking is also free Saturday as it is normally on weekends).

“Celebrating family and our community is important during the holidays,” said Michael Klein, Executive Director of the Albany Parking Authority. “When families come to downtown Albany during the holiday season, we want them to have easy access to parking and enjoy all of the downtown entertainment and dining options too.”
All multi-space meters will read “CITY HOLIDAY NO PAYMENT REQUIRED” on Thanksgiving Day.  Single space meters are also free for the holiday. Parking will also be free during other holidays listed on the APA website, with the next being Christmas Day. For a complete listing, refer to the official meter holidays as posted in the meter section at

Note that the downtown multi-space meters conveniently extend the traditional 2-hour parking limit to 10 hours, making parking more customer friendly every day of the year – certain exceptions may apply, and drivers should check signs and meter information for details. The multi-space meters accept credit and debit card payments using Visa, MasterCard, and Discover in addition to accepting coins. All multi-space meters run on a gradually increasing rate structure.

The Albany Parking Authority’s special “Seasonal Savings” rate for its three downtown parking garages is now available for new garage customers from December through March. Drivers can park in the Riverfront, Green-Hudson or Quackenbush garages at a flat rate of $100/month, for up to 4 months. Drivers that take full advantage of this program save $160. For more information, contact the Albany Parking Authority at (518) 434-8886, or email

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