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Consumers, retailers benefit from agency’s metered parking perks

The Williamsport Parking Authority has made a variety of customer-friendly decisions that are good for downtown consumers and a step forward for center city businesses.

The authority has announced expansion of free parking for First Fridays and the holidays.

To facilitate an accelerated and shortened holiday season, metered parking will not be enforced after 3 p.m. from Thanksgiving to Christmas this year. The same rule will apply to First Fridays, which have become a traffic-generating downtown staple.

Williamsport Business Association officials termed the changes as a way to “bring some goodwill downtown for all of our businesses and all of our customers.”

They could not be more correct.

It’s getting tougher and tougher for retailers everywhere to compete with the online buying phenomena. They need every carrot they can offer customers. And these changes are a welcome part of that.

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