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City of Branson Now Charging to Park in Pacific Street Garage

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The City of Branson has begun charging cars to park in the new Pacific Street Parking Garage starting today. The city has chosen a different kind of charge system to collect the parking garage fees. KSMU's Joe Morgan has more.

Following five months of free parking, the 500-space Pacific Street Parking Garage in Branson has begun charging its users. The city of Branson chose to allow free parking in the garage until the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center was completed and an operation agreement was put in place. City of Branson's Public Information Director Jerry Adams says it's time to start collecting money to pay for the facility.

The parking garage contains a new system of collecting money called the pay on foot method. General Manager of Hiltons of Branson Mark Hartman explains the system.

Hartman says the new system will help alleviate some of the traffic tie-ups that plague many other parking garages.

Hartman also says the garage provides visitors and businesses multiple parking options in the area.

It will be free to park in the garage for the first 30 minutes, then fees are charged based on how long your car is parked in the garage up to eight dollars a day or overnight. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.