The City of Ithaca has implemented a two-year pilot program for a scratch-off parking system for patrons planning to park on the streets in downtown Ithaca or Collegetown.
With the scratch-off parking system, patrons can purchase scratch-off cards in a range of 5 different denominations at most locations where City of Ithaca trash tags are sold.
Locations where the cards are available for sale:
- City Chamberlain’s Office inside City Hall
- Grocery Stores in Ithaca: Tops, Greenstar Cooperative Markets, and P&C Fresh
- Ithaca Agway
- Green Street Pharmacy
- Tompkins County Office for the Aging
- Downtown Visitor Center & East Shore Visitor Center
Scratch-off card Rates:
Scratch-off card rates will be based on the street parking hourly rate of $1.50/hour, and available in the following pre-paid increments: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 1.5 hours, and 2 hours.
How to Use the Cards:
When you arrive at a metered parking space on the street, just scratch off the current date and start time for your parking session on the scratch-off card–round up to the nearest 1/4 hour. Hang it on your rearview mirror with numbers facing out to window or place face-up on dashboard in clear view, and you’re all set!
Make sure all bubbles indicating date and time are scratched off correctly and scratch card is displayed correctly so you are not issued a ticket by mistake.
Cards can also be used in combination. Is your appointment 1 hour, but it might take you 1 hour and 15 minutes including getting to and from the office or waiting to be seen? Activate a 1 hour and a 15 minute card and place both of them side-by-side on your dashboard in clear sight.