Entertainment Magazine: Tucson: Downtown: Parking

It is easier to park Downtown Tucson

Private shuttles and more parking

Parking in Downtown Tucson has been made easier with the addition of several new parking lots and large garages.

The comnpletion of the I-10 Widening Project gives better access to the downtown area and frontage roads on both sides of the freeway where the majority of shows and displays are held.

Tucson Maps

The City of Tucson has a web site with maps and construction updates, general traffic, bicycle, transit and pedestrian changes in and near Downtown. http://dot.tucsonaz.gov/parkwise

Google Downtown Street Map

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Free Downtown Van

The Sun Tran Free Downtown Loop shuttle runs every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Park your car in a garage and take the free shuttle.

Gem Show traffic limits parking options downtown

With all the improvements this past year, there will still be limited parking available in the Downtown Tucson area.

The Downtown Tucson now has 14,000 parking spaces, 1,000 parking meters and eight parking garages available to the public. During the Gem Show, the demand for those spaces will fill up quickly early in the morning.

Special Gem Show parking is available at 22nd St. and I-10 frontage road (East side), and Congress St. and I-10 frontage road (West side) as well as at the JOGS show at Tucson Expo Center on East Irvington Road. 

New Downtown Garage

A new downtown parking garage opened in September at Congress Street and Toole Avenue on the far east side of Downtown.

The new, 378 space, parking garage is the first phase of the Centro Project on Congress Street. The second phase, scheduled to be completed in 2013, includes 20,000 square feet of retail, office and residential ontop of the parking structure.

Parking areas that are convenient to downtown and frontage road shows:

  • 22nd Street (northeast corner of I-10 & 22nd)
  • Congress (Congress west of the river)

Parking lots are open daily 8am-8pm. The daily fee for most lots is $5.

Additional downtown parking is available at these parking lots:

  • Pennington Street Garage  110 E. Pennington St. at Scott Ave.
  • City & State Garage  498 W. Congress, 1 block east of I-10

For more information, please call ParkWise at 520-791-5071 during business hours, Monday-Friday.

Downtown Parking meters

Meter prices vary from 30 minute to 2-hour parking maximums. There is no charge for on-street parking on weekend and holidays.

Storefront Parking

Metered spaces along Broadway Blvd and Congress Avenue use angled parking.

Parking Lots and Garages Rates

Five of the Tucson Downtown parking garages have hourly parking. Those charges free for the first hour and increase to $1 per hour after that. Parking charges will not exceed $8 for the day. The remaining six parking garages and lots offer monthly parking rates that start at $25 per month.

The 750-space Pennington Street Garage is now open for business at the corner of Pennington Street and Sixth Avenue. The garage is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to enter and exit quickly, and a solar lighting system to stay lit at night. Metered street parking on most Downtown streets. A recent re-striping project created 150 additional parking spaces along Congress Street and Broadway Boulevard.

The Pennington Street Garage, 100 E. Pennington, is offering discount garage parking att he garage for $2 for 2 hours; $3 for up to 5 hours; $4 for up to 8 hours and $5 for 12 hours. There is also a discounted rate of $15 a day. The discount prices will return to the regular garage rates after the construction of the Fourth Avenue Underpass is completed.

Parking Meter Key Cards

These key cards make it easier with preloaded cash. Call 791-5071 or email [email protected]

Free Downtown Shuttles, Bus and Vans

Sun Tran, the Tucson public bus system operates throughout downtown Tucson. The Sun Tran Free Downtown Loop shuttle can place riders within walking distance of a few gem shows. The Van runs every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Park your car in a garage and take the free shuttle.

The van stops at 12 designated locations listed in its pamphlet map. Download a PDF of the Downtown Loop schedule pamphlet. Call (520) 792-9222 or visit their website at suntran.com for route maps and schedules.

Some shows will run free shuttles serving their own shows, and in some cases, link to other shows. Take shuttles along the Blue, Copper, Gold, Green, Red, Ruby, Tourquoise Routes at 10-20 minute intervals.

Sun Tran Mineral Show Pass

Sun Tran, the city's public transportation system, has a seven-day bus pass for the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Shows.

The $18 bus pass will be accepted from January 14 through February 21 for unlimited travel for seven consecutive days from the time of the first use. Buss passes can be purchased online at www.suntran.com/fares_shop.php; at the Sun Tran administrator office, 4220 S. Park Avenue, Bldg. 10 (792-9222); or at the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 S. Church Avenue, downtown (624-1817).

Downtown Construction Information Line: 622-9000

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