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Roanoke, VA (September 11, 2017) – PARK Roanoke, in conjunction with The City of Roanoke, offers modern, convenient multi-space meters on select city streets as part of the City of Roanoke’s on-street metered parking pilot program.

The pilot program is limited to 65 parking spaces — or about 4.5% — of Downtown Roanoke’s 1,400 on-street parking spaces. The 65 parking spaces are separated into three designated pilot zones, all located within the (0) block Salem Avenue SE, Wall Street and Market Street around the Market Building, Market Street SE and Franklin Road SE. The multi-space smart meters are located on Wall Street, Market Street, Salem Ave SE between Wall and Jefferson, and Franklin Road between Jefferson and Williamson Roads.

To register and pay for on-street parking, patrons MUST enter their vehicle’s license plate number at one of the seven multi-space smart meters and can submit payment to the smart meter with bank cards, US coins or the mobile app Whoosh!

  • Paid parking rates and increments are as follows:
  • First hour: FREE (patron MUST STILL REGISTER their vehicle’s license plate number at smart meter)
  • Second hour: $1.00
  • Third hour: $3.00
  • Maximum time in a zone: Three hours

In order to receive one hour free parking and a receipt, patrons must perform the following steps to register their license plate. NOTE: Failure to register a license plate in the meter will result in an issuance of a citation.


  • Press the Start button on the meter
  • Enter license plate number and press the green print button on the key board to continue
  • After pressing the green print button, the screen will load parking options
  • Enter amount of parking time needed, and payment. The screen will display “Free Parking Time: 60 minutes”. If only one hour parking is needed, press the green button to print the free time receipt.

After the first three hours, vehicle may be moved to another zone for an additional three hour period but cannot return to the original zone for at least three hours. The smart meters are enforced Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm but are not enforced on the weekend. No disabled parking spaces are affected by the pilot program; however, the rates and increments within the pilot program apply to all parkers, including those with disabled placards or plates (should they choose to park within the pilot area).

The mission of PARK Roanoke’s on-street metered parking program is to promote the vitality of Downtown Roanoke and its Central Business District as well as provide every citizen of Roanoke the shared opportunity to access accessible Downtown parking. The program drives vehicle turnover, which translates to increased parking availability and ultimately an increase in the total volume of patrons to Downtown, where demand for on-street parking spaces currently exceeds supply.

For a list of free parking lots and times, please see:

Meter locations are as follows:

  • Zone A:

Meter #1: Wall Street, Southwest Side

Meter #2:  Market Street, Northeast Side

  • Zone B:

Meter #3: Market Street (Short Market), Southwest Side

Meter #4: Salem Avenue

  • Zone C:

Meter #5: Franklin Road South Side

Meter #6: Franklin Road North Side

Meter #7: Franklin Road North Side

 For more information about PARK Roanoke, please visit