CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Drivers will be back to having to pay to park along several Charlottesville streets Tuesday.

The parking meter pilot program picks back up at 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 2.

The program, which includes 105 on-street spots around the Downtown Mall, had been suspended for the holiday season.

Payments can also now be made from your cellphone by using an app or calling a telephone number listed on the meter.

The program is scheduled to run through March 5.

City of Charlottesville Press Release:

The City of Charlottesville announced today that its parking meter pilot program will restart on Tuesday January, 2nd at 8 a.m. The program had been temporarily suspended from Friday November, 17th through the holidays.

In addition, a new payment option using the Parkmobile app is now available. Customers can make payment at a meter from a phone using either a mobile app or by calling a telephone number on the meter. This may be a useful service for those who routinely use the meters and prefer to pay by credit card.

The parking meter pilot program was launched on September 5th as a tool for better managing mobility in the downtown area. The program, which covers 105 on-street parking spaces surrounding the mall, is part of the city's Parking Action Plan. Additional on-street parking remains free outside of the signed pilot area and the first hour of parking is free at the Market Street Parking Garage. Visitors staying longer than 2 hours are encouraged to use the parking garage.

More information about parking downtown can be found online here.

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