On the City streets, there is both metered parking and posted parking. Metered parking times range from 2 hours to 10 hours. Some of the metered parking specifications are designated by colored domes on top of the meters. For example, green-domed meters signify that 1/2 of the proceeds of this meter will be given to Downtown Billings to be used for various downtown beautification projects, including flower baskets and street decorations. Also, meters may be mounted on colored posts to signify special parking. For example, yellow-posted meters indicate that from 6:00am-11:00am, this meter is to be used only for specially permitted loading and unloading. The posted signs around downtown range from “no parking” to “2-hour free parking.” These posted areas are still enforced by chalking of your vehicle tires, instead of looking for an expired meter.
Most parking meters cost $.75/hour; however, the 10-hour meters are less per hour. The green meters are $1.50/hour and the proceeds of these are shared with Downtown Billings as noted above. Another idea for the downtown employee is to purchase a monthly permit to park at the 10-hour meters. The DBA sells parking tokens! Stop in at our office – 2815 2nd Ave. N. – and purchase parking to use in the parking meters and Park 2 and 3. Or call us for more information 406-294-5060.
Park 1 – 2912 Third Avenue North
Park 2 – 2651 First Avenue North.
Park 3 – Adjacent to City Hall at 210 North 27th Street
Empire Parking Garage – Montana Avenue between N. Broadway and N. 27th Street, right next to The Northern Hotel.
1st Hour: FREE
$1/hr after 2 hours
Daily Maximum Charge: $7
If you work downtown and you do not have a monthly parking space in a City Garage or Private Lot, how would you like to park at one of many “yellow top” 10-hour parking meters as long as you want without having to plug the meter? You can do just that for only $20.00 per month with a 10-hour parking permit that you simply hang from your car mirror. Your BFD card gets you a $5 discount – that’s $60 a year!
Did you know that public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day?
Billings MET Transit is proud to provide fixed-route and paratransit bus service to the City of Billings. It is a safe and reliable transportation alternative to reach Downtown Billings. When you choose MET for your transportation, you help save the nation’s energy supply, reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and the demand for parking spaces – and you save yourself money and driving hassles!
All of MET’s buses are wheelchair lift-equipped and accessible to all citizens that are unable to use the stairs. Likewise, they are equipped with bike racks for its bike-riding passengers.
Downtown Billings celebrates the friendly, lively nature of downtown, and looks to increase awareness of both cycling and walking as efficient, effective forms of alternate transportation. With escalating energy costs, walkability and connectivity are increasingly important issues, and Downtown Billings is committed to building an effective downtown infrastructure, well beyond Bike To Work Week. Look for secure bike parking, more bike racks and bicycle specific lanes and paths that work well with existing roadways and parking facilities.
Real progress has been made in providing bicycle infrastructure on city streets! Commuter routes have been opened up making biking safer and more convenient in downtown. Recently, in Autumn 2011, 2nd and 3rd Avenue North from 13th Street North to 22nd Street North were converted to 2-way streets with a bike lane on both sides of each street.
The Loan-A-Bike program makes a bicycle available for use free of charge, thanks to generous sponsorship by Peaks to Plains Design and Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic. This program encourages people to think of bicycles as efficient, practical transportation, as well as recreation or exercise equipment by making available a bicycle, lock and helmet free of charge for mid-day downtown errands or simply a breath of fresh air.
All you need to do is stop by the Downtown Billings offices during business hours – at 2815 2nd Ave. North – with a photo I.D. , a credit or debit card, and a few calories to burn. There is no charge for the use of the bike, but an imprint of the card will be taken and charges will be incurred if the equipment is not returned.
Please contact us us with any questions.