The Parking Authority of Baltimore is looking to make sure that disabled people can park in reserved spaces in a pair of much-visited areas.
A new phase of a program called ProjectSPACE is set to arrive in Fells Point and Harbor East at the end of September. Under the program, about 70 on-street spaces will be reserved for cars that have disability placards. Each individual space has its own parking meter, with space available for up to four hours. Additionally, the EZPark meters have also been lowered to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Another key shift brings people with disabilities in line with everyone else: they have to pay. Policymakers say the spaces are abused because they are free, and don’t have a time limit. Placards are also stolen out of cars.
An initial phase rolled out in the downtown business district. More spaces are expected to be created in Mt. Vernon and Federal Hill.