EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing has been offering free parking in all gated facilities in downtown East Lansing since mid-March and will be transitioning to free two-hour parking beginning June 1, 2020.
Beginning this June, the parking facility gate arms will be lowered and two hours of free parking will be provided through the end of the month via automatic validation. Customers will pull an entrance ticket upon entry, and when they insert the ticket as they exit, their fee will automatically be reduced by two hours. The two-hour free parking will allow the City of East Lansing to continue encouraging customers to support downtown East Lansing businesses, while also allowing the East Lansing Parking Division to resume charges for those using the parking facilities for longer periods of time. In further support of the downtown, the City of East Lansing will also be deferring previously planned rate increases for discounted monthly parking permits and street meters.
Also beginning in June, enforcement at street meters, multi-space metered lots and permit lots will resume. Downtown visitors are reminded that the touchless Passport Parking mobile payment app is available for use at all street meters and multi-space metered lots. Community members can visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/parkingdowntown for additional parking information and www.downtownEL.com for a list of downtown businesses. It is recommended to call ahead or visit websites to find out what services businesses are currently offering (i.e. curbside services, carry-out orders, etc.). Parking customers with questions can call the East Lansing Parking Office at (517) 337-1277. The office is currently closed, but voicemail is being checked regularly.