In the wake of past major hurricanes that have threatened South Florida, the City of Miami and the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) will continue to team up to provide Miami residents the opportunity to park one vehicle per household, free of charge, in the MPA parking garages listed below:
- College Station Garage 190 NW 3rd Street Miami, FL 33131
- Cultural Center Garage 90 SW 1 Street Miami, FL 33130
The program is available to all City of Miami residents and employees. Participants must pre-register on the MPA website (www.miamiparking.com) during the registration window, which closes on June 29, 2018. Alternatively, Miami residents may visit their local Net Office, for more information. Upon registration, participants will receive a placard that must be displayed upon entering the designated garage. Please note that the assigned garage may not be the one closest to participant’s residence.
“Previous hurricane seasons have taught us the importance of working together with our public and private partners, as well as the Miami community, to help and empower our neighbors and encourage them to proactively prepare now and in the upcoming months,” said Alejandra Argudin, Chief Operations Officer.
When a Hurricane Watch is issued by the National Hurricane Center or the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), participants will be allowed to enter the garage using the placard. Furthermore, participants will be able to access the garage until the facility is full or it is closed due to the issuance of a Hurricane Warning. Instructions may be given on where to park the vehicles, as lower floors may be subject to flooding and higher floors may be affected by wind shear. All participants must follow parking directions given by staff fully and in an orderly fashion. Kindly be advised that all parking spaces in the garages will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis for registered participants.
Once a Hurricane Warning is announced, all facilities will be locked down and no entry or exit will be allowed until employees are authorized to return to work. Staff will need time to make their way safely back to work, open facilities and assess any potential damage or threats that may exist in each one of these locations. Life safety is our single-most important priority and we will follow the orders issued by the EOC, in terms of when to re-open, even if the storm passes in less time and/or intensity than initially predicted.
Upon exiting, participants must show their MVP placard in lieu of payment. The placard should be retained by the customer for future use during the same year. Note that registration in the program must be renewed annually and new placards will be issued then.
For additional information about the MVP program, please refer to the link below:
For any other questions, please contact the MPA Customer Service professionals by calling 305-373-6789 ext. 202 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.