Parking areas to be used as loading zones

City ordinance an attempt to lighten downtown congestion

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2003

The Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance Monday that will change certain parking areas into loading zones for part of the day.

The measurer is an effort to relieve congestion downtown.

The spaces on the water side of South Franklin and Front streets will be reserved for loading from 6 to 11 a.m., with the exception of two 15-minute parking spaces in front of the Heritage Building. After 11 a.m., the loading zones turn into parking for the general public.

The fine for violating the ordinance will be $100.

The ordinance will affect 12 to 15 parking spaces and could be enforced as early as late July, said Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter.

Several taxi drivers testified at the meeting against section six of the ordinance, which prohibited cabs from making stops in the street on lower South Franklin.

"If a person flags a taxicab and that cab can't pick them up there, who's going to tell them that they can't be picked up?" said Hoyt Pope, a local taxi driver.

Expecting customers to walk several blocks to a loading zone after flagging a cab is unreasonable, Pope said.

At the request of Assembly Member Jeannie Johnson, the assembly amended the ordinance to remove section six.

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