There are plenty of fun activities in downtown Omaha, Neb., including shopping in the Old Market or a walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge spanning the Missouri River. If you're planning on driving and parking, it's a good idea to know the regulations governing the city's 3,300 parking meters
Days and Times
According to the city of Omaha Public Works Department, you need to pay to park at a metered spot between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no charge to park after 5 p.m. weekdays or on Saturday and Sunday. There is one exception to this: A September 2009 amendment to the municipal code adds Saturday hours to the Midtown District. The Midtown hours were expanded to Saturday during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Midtown District is located within the following area: I-480 to 36th Street and the south side of Dodge Street to Harney Street.
No fee is charged on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Parking meters in the downtown area charge $1 an hour, with a two-hour limit. In the Midtown District, the fee is $1.25 an hour. The money collected goes into the general fund and is mostly used for the cost and upkeep of the parking meters themselves and to pay the salary of the people who patrol them.
Specially designated meter readers patrol and issue written notices when cars are parked over the time limit. It is illegal to add additional money to extend the parking time beyond the posted limit. The owner of the car is responsible if the car is parked illegally or beyond the time limit. If you do receive a ticket, the money is put to a good cause: The city's education fund benefits from those who overstay their limit.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
If you're going to visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha, there are one-hour parking meters on campus. Parking meters are reserved for visitors from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After 12:30 p.m. anyone may park at a meter as long as they pay. There is no charge for parking after 7 p.m. There is no fee to park on Saturday and Sunday.