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City Puts Teeth in Enforcement of Pick-Up/Drop-Off Zone in Downtown Boise

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JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
It's still a pilot project, but penalties for parking in the downtown Boise pick-up/drop-off zone outside the bounds of the program are about to become much harsher, the City of Boise announced on April 4.

The zone, which extends down Main Street between Capitol Boulevard and Sixth Street on Fridays and Saturdays between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., was not enforced in 2018, when the city initially rolled out the program. It's meant to be a launch pad and point of departure for taxis, ride-shares and drivers picking up and dropping off passengers, discouraging people from using that area for parking spaces—and cutting down on traffic congestion in the urban core.

Starting Friday, April 5, the city will reinstate the zone, this time with enforcement. During the duration of the pilot project, which will run through Saturday, April 27, Boise Police officers will be on hand, and cars parked in the zone will be subject to ticketing and potential towing.

According to a press release from the City of Boise, city officials could make the pick-up/drop-off zone permanent if it's determined to be successful.