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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Mayor Brown Unveils New Tool to Assist Residents with Alternate Street Parking During Snow Events

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W.  Brown today launched a new parking tool to assist residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo. Residents can sign up for the BuffAlert Parking Update initiative by texting JOIN PARKINGUPDATES to 30890. Once enrolled, participating residents will receive a text message or phone call 24 hours before the 9am-4pm Alternate Parking Restrictions need to be enforced for snow maintenance. The goal of the program is to give residents ample time to move their vehicles in these zones during snow events.

Mayor Brown stated, “Since March, my Administration has worked to maintain the suspension of 9am-4pm Alternate Parking Restrictions during the COVID-19 emergency, as we realize many residents are working from home. With the return of winter weather to our region, it is very diffcult for crews to plow streets, where vehicles are parked on both sides in the 9, am-4pm Alternate Parking Zones. Through this creative initiative, residents can work with the City to make our Alternate Street Parking Assistance Plan work this winter.”

The City of Buffalo will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of this notifcation system on a weekly basis to ensure that we are balancing the needs of the residents who park on these streets. Residents interested in participating in the program must text JOIN PARKINGUPDATES to 30890, even if they are already subscribed to BuffAlert.

Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer stated, “I encourage residents to take an active role in assisting snow removal crews by signing up for this program. Your cooperation is a critical component in this plan to keep our streets safe for all motorists this winter.”

As a reminder, Winter Parking Regulations on bus routes will be in effect as of Wednesday, December 2nd at 1:30am. Winter Parking Regulations on side streets with 9am - 4pm alternate parking designations will also be in effect as of Wednesday, December 2nd.

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