About Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is a city in the US state of Michigan. It is 35 miles north of the Ohio border and 45 miles west of Detroit. Ann Arbor is often abbreviated as AA or A2.
Ann Arbor is a picturesque city surrounding the University of Michigan. It has a strong bent toward the arts, and an attractive and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Visitors enjoy the city's wonderful sidewalk cafe dining, unique shops, lots of bookstores, and abundant cultural opportunities.
Ann Arbor has a typically Midwestern humid continental climate. There are four distinct seasons: winters are cold with moderate to heavy snowfall, while summers are very warm and humid; in between, spring and autumn are short but mild.
The University of Michigan shapes Ann Arbor's economy significantly. It employs about 30,000 workers, including about 12,000 in the medical center. High tech, health services and biotechnology are other major components of the city's economy; numerous medical offices, laboratories, and associated companies are located in the city. Automobile manufacturers, such as General Motors and Visteon, also employ residents.
Parking in Ann Arbor
Downtown Development Authority (DDA) manages the parking facilities in the city. DDA managed parking facilities are marked by white signs with a green letter P (lots) or blue signs with a white P (structures).
The hourly parking lot rate is $1.40/hour ($1.60 after 3 hours). The hourly parking structure rate is $1.20/hour. Operating hours vary.
Residential Parking Permits
The Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program allows vehicles owned by residents to park in an RPP neighborhood for the posted time limit without being ticketed.
If your neighborhood is participating in an RPP Program you will need to acquire and display a residential parking permit decal for every vehicle that will park on neighborhood streets during the specified enforcement period.
Rates at the 1,750 metered curbside spaces in the downtown and campus area are $1.50/hour. Street meters are enforced Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Meter cash cards can be used instead of coins at every city parking meter.
Many meters have been converted to solar-powered "e-park" pay stations. Each pay station is located near a grouping of spaces, but you can pay and add time at any machine or by phone (1-888-450-PARK: first-time users must be parked in a space and set up an account). E-Park machines accept coins and credit or debit cards (but not meter cash cards).
Parking tickets can be paid in 4 ways:
If your vehicle vanishes, call the Ann Arbor Police Department front desk (794-6920) to find out whether it was towed.
There are a plenty of garage parking options available in and around the downtown area in Ann Arbor. One may choose to park in a garage if the parking requirement is for more than just an hour or two. Parking Garages are highly suitable for both short and long term parking requirements. It is better to reserve the parking space in advance when you plan your trip to the city.
Best Parking helps you choose the best suitable parking facility for off street parking via an interactive map. Most garages are suitable options for economical long term parking. You can choose by: