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Hi Marci
 
A quick response----unfortunately, the press release left out some of the  
intent behind this initiative which has been going on for several years as a way 
 to keep Burlington residents shopping "local" rather than driving out to  
suburban shopping locations--as well as trying to bring a share of those  
suburban holiday shopping dollars downtown.  Essentially the City is trying  to 
'level the playing field' with regard to parking during the holiday shopping  
season because we do not have acres and acres of convenient free parking as most  
suburban malls do.  
 
A second point--this initiative is not aimed at commuters but at shoppers  
----it makes free parking available primarily on evenings and weekends, when  
public transportation is either very limited or simply nonexistent.
 
Hope this adds some clarification.
 
Regards,  Mark
 
 
Mark Eldridge
Alliance for Climate Action
802-864-4717
802-598-1065
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