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Kansas City looking to outsource parking enforcement downtown

Posted at 7:27 PM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 23:23:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To help support downtown businesses and multimodal transportation, such as the Streetcar, Kansas City is looking to fix parking problems such as enforcement and help increase turnover. 

41 Action News first reported that the city was looking into utilizing a private vendor to help with enforcement back in June. 

The ordinance, 170920, still needs to pass out of the Transportation and Infrastructure committee before going before full council. 




If passed, the ordinance would allow LAZ Parking Limited, LLC to manage and enforce on-street parking and meter operations within the streetcar TDD downtown beginning Jan. 1, 2018. 

The sum of that contract — $325,000 from the parking garage fund. 

According to an explanation provided to 41 Action News by the city’s public works department, “the city intends to utilize a private vendor to not only offer improved technology and resources but improve response time, hours of service and customer service levels that neither the city or police department have sufficient staffing for.”