Program helps cover uptown parking

Dine or drink uptown much?

A city-sponsored program may help cover your parking or transportation costs.

Park It – a division of the Charlotte Department of Transportation – has recently started more actively promoting its “Park! Center City” program, which offers uptown businesses discounted tokens to help draw people to the city. Businesses distribute the tokens to customers to use for parking meters, parking decks, Charlotte Area Transit System buses and the light rail.

Currently, said CDOT spokeswoman Linda Durrett, 73 businesses and 21 parking decks participate, with more being actively solicited. Most participating businesses are bars and restaurants, Durrett said.