Office of the Mayor-President

For release: IMMEDIATELY

Release Date: 11/09/2016

City Parish selects three companies to manage downtown public parking

For more information, contact:
William Daniel, Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100
Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office, (225) 389-5101
Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office, (225) 389-7957

As part of the City-Parish’s ongoing efforts to help improve and transform downtown Baton Rouge, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced today that three companies have been selected to manage the City-Parish public parking downtown. The companies will help improve street and garage parking by providing better facility management, customer service, and security as well as modernizing the entire downtown parking system - automating downtown parking services to allow payment by credit cards and cell phones and utilizing the latest technology to help drivers find available parking spaces.

The companies are Lanier Parking Solutions, SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Center Management , and The Aaron Group.

“We’re excited about this new partnership,” said Mayor Holden. “These companies are worldwide experts in offstreet parking and venue management. They will help make our parking system more user-friendly as well as help generate more revenues so that our parking system can be self-funded. ”

The Selection Committee for the Downtown Parking Management RFP selected the companies after reviewing various submissions. The recommendation will be submitted to the Metro Council in December for approval. Once approved, the contract will go into effect in early 2017.

Downtown has 850 on street metered spaces, 1,350 spaces in the River Center parking garages, and 446 spaces in garages B-1 and B-2 at City Hall.

For more information, call (225) 389-5100.