The business and employer's guide to Downtown Scottsdale parking
Downtown Scottsdale is a growing hub for business, culture and entertainment. People want to be here and that means parking is sometimes at a premium.
Here’s how the business community can work with their employees to get the most out of Downtown parking and transit resources.
The Morning Express Trolley
The Morning Express Trolley makes it quick and easy for people who work in Downtown Scottsdale, particularly in the area around the Galleria Corporate Center, to park in free all-day lots and ride into work.
The Morning Express offers 10-minute frequency from parking lots & structures (many are covered), from 4 a.m. - 10 a.m. weekdays.
Why take advantage of Downtown Scottsdale's free trolley service?
Scottsdale’s free trolley service operates throughout Downtown Scottsdale. The trolley stops by each well-marked stop every 10 minutes.
By parking in unrestricted free downtown lots and taking the free trolley, employees don’t have to hunt for spots, worry about hourly limits or other restrictions.
Here’s a partial list of free public lots served by the free trolley.
- Second Street and Brown Avenue, 224 spaces
- Third Avenue parking garage, 409 spaces
- Nordstrom parking garage, 2,200 spaces
- Center for the Performing Arts parking garage, 368 spaces
Expanded bus service makes it easier to ditch the car
Valley Metro bus Route 72 – the one that serves Scottsdale Road – has increased its frequency to 10 minutes on weekdays between Camelback Road and the Tempe Transportation Center (previously, buses arrived every 20 minutes).
With expanded bus and trolley service, carpooling and other trip reduction services, it’s easier than ever to travel into Downtown Scottsdale and leave the car at home.
Shorter hourly parking = more Downtown customers
Scottsdale has reduced parking limits in high-demand areas to two hours. Why? To increase turnover and maximize the number of customers who can visit downtown shops and eateries.
Properties that have parking agreements in place that provide spaces will be issued all-day permits for those spots.
- Many of the streets in the Downtown area have on-street parking spaces available. On-street parking has no meters or fees, just time limitations.
- On-site business parking, if provided, is also free (services such as valet may charge a fee).
- There are lots of public parking lots and garages spread throughout the Downtown area that also provide free parking -- see below.