Whether you live, work or play in Paterson, your experience has been touched by the services of the Paterson Parking Authority (PPA). The goal of the PPA is to provide the residents and visitors to the Silk City with the most economical, accessible, technologically advanced parking solutions available.

The PPA provides over 5,000 conveniently located parking spaces both on the street and in its facilities. The PPA's most recent endeavor was to transform a city-owned parking lot into a mixed use, 900-space modem facility that now provides parking solutions for more than 600 students, faculty members and staff at Passaic County Community College (PCCC). This is allowing the fastest growing community college in New Jersey to increase its presence in Paterson. This facility also includes retail and office space and significantly, its cornerstone tenant is an office of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, which returns to Paterson after a decade absence. Later this year, PCCC will break ground on a new campus building on the site of a college-owned parking lot.

The Paterson Parking Authority is also at the center of Paterson's most exciting redevelopment projects in recent history. First, the Center City Atrium Building, built on the site of a PPA-owned former parking lot, will encompass 320,000 square feet of highly visible and accessible retail and entertainment destinations. The Atrium Building will be complemented by two levels of underground parking, market rate housing, state-of-the-art office space and new additional parking opportunities. The site, which is easily accessible from New Jersey Transit rail, Interstate 80 and the Garden State Parkway, is nearly completed and will be open for business soon.

In addition, the PPA owns valuable land situated in the heart of the newly designated Great Falls National Historic Park, as well as a tract in the geographic center of the City, near a proposed stop along New Jersey Transit's new "Passaic-Bergen" rail service. The City of Paterson is working in conjunction with the PPA to create much-needed additional parking opportunities in these locations.

The PPA also operates the Silk City Trolley Program which provides free shuttle service to and from centers of employment, parking facilities tourist designations, retail centers and mass transit connections in the downtown business and historic districts. This initiative will soon expand to include the Route 20-McLean Boulevard business district, which has become the fastest growing economic development and employment corridor in the City. The location of Route 20, on the border of Paterson and western Bergen County, has led to the successful transformation of former manufacturing facilities into booming commerce destinations. Retail giants such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Pep Boys and Micro City are now open for business It is an exciting time in Paterson, New Jersey. Even in the difficult economic climate in which we live, great things are happening. As always, the City is proud to partner with the PPA in order to ensure that our growth as a community reaches its full potential.
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Jose "joey" Torres
Mayor,City of Paterson