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Bucks County reinstates fees at parking garage

Bucks County’s plan to start charging for use of its two parking garages is back on, officials said. Fees began Sept. 14.

The larger, 1,000-space lot at Broad and Union streets is available to the public at all times and will cost $1 per hour, with a $5 maximum, Monday through Saturday. If a vehicle stays overnight, the fee will begin accumulating again at midnight, the county said. A car parked there from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. or later will pay $10.

The new 153-space parking center near the county’s administration building at Broad and Court streets will cost .50 cents per hour, Monday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m.

On Saturdays, from midnight to 8 a.m. the cost is .50 cents per hour. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, the fee is $1 per hour, and from 5 p.m. to midnight, the charge is .50 cents per hour. All other hours are reserved for county use, officials said.

Parking in both garages is free on Sundays.

Initially, the two facilities were to begin implementing fees on April 1, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed that. Fees were then to begin July 13, but were again delayed due to programming matters.

“We are still working out some issues with properly programming the equipment for each lot for weekday and weekend schedules, as well as working out the validation system for jurors and others,” said Larry King, the county’s director of communications, in an email, at the time.

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