Parking in downtown Burlington during the holidays just got a lot easier on weeknights and weekends during the 2010-11 holidays as the city has partnered with the Church Street Marketplace and others to offer free parking on some on-street meters and off-street parking lots.Thanks to participating downtown employers, hundreds of additional parking spaces at downtown parking lots are available free to downtown holiday shoppers starting Saturday, November 27, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011. Hours of availability are Monday through Friday, 6 PM to 10 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM to 10 PM, unless otherwise designated at each location. ‘We welcome the opportunity to provide ample free parking in downtown Burlington for shopping, dining and special events this holiday season. With the help of our partners, we’ll be able to offer additional free parking this year,’ said Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘As always during this time of year, the downtown will offer a festive atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.’The City of Burlington will place bright yellow sandwich board signs to guide shoppers to locations where free parking is available. Employers offering their parking spaces on evenings and weekends during the holidays include State of Vermont, City of Burlington, TD Bank North, Pomerleau Real Estate, Howard Center, Main Street Landing, Chittenden Bank and Grandview Farms. ELMWOOD AVE PARKING LOT, north of the U.S. Post office in downtown Burlington (88 spaces), Weeknights, 6 – 10 pm.; Weekends, 9 am ‘ 10 pmSTATE OF VT. PARKING LOT, 59 Pearl St. (Dept. of Labor, 40 spaces) Weeknights, 6 – 10 pm.; Weekends, 9 am ‘ 10 pmSTATE OF VT. PARKING LOT, 50 Cherry Street (across from Macy’s) 50 parking spaces. Weeknights, 6 – 10 pm.; Weekends, 9 am ‘ 10 pmHOWARD CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES, 102 S. Winooski Ave. (50 spaces) Friday nights 5:00 pm – 11 p.m.; Weekends 9:00 pm – 11 pmPEOPLES UNITED BANK PARKING LOT, 2 Burlington Square (enter off College Street) 24 spaces. Weeknights, 6 pm – 10 pm; Saturdays after 1:00 pm till 10 pm; Sundays 9 am – 10 pm.TD BANKNORTH (120 spaces), corner of Main & St. Paul Streets Weeknights, 6 pm ‘ 10 pm; Saturdays after 1 pm ‘ 10 pm; Sundays 9 am – 10 pm.SURFACE PARKING LOT BEHIND POMERLEAU REAL ESTATE, 69 COLLEGE STREET entrance on S. Champlain Street (23 spaces). Weeknights, 6 – 10 pm.; Weekends, 9 am ‘ 10 pmPEASE WEST PARKING LOT, foot of College St., west side of Lake St. at end of Free College St. Shuttle (80 spaces). Weeknights, 6 – 10 pm.; Weekends, 9 am ‘ 10 pmMAIN STREET LANDING PARKING LOT (160 spaces) at foot of College St. next to Union Station at end of the Free College St. Shuttle. Weeknights, 6 – 10 pm.; Weekends, 9 am ‘ 10 pmPERKINS PIER PARKING LOT (180 spaces). Weeknights, 6 – 10 pm.; Weekends, 9 am ‘ 10 pm Identifying Where Free Parking is Available q Spaces available weeknights and weekends in downtown Burlington beginning Saturday, November 27, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011 q Shoppers to Look for Bright Yellow Sandwich Board Signsq Burlington’s municipal parking garages and Burlington Town Center garage also offer two hours free parking q ALL of the parking meters are free during holiday weekends. q Downtown Burlington offers holiday shoppers 4850 available parking spaces. q There are more than 300 retailers located in the downtown area. q Information available at http://churchstmarketplace.com/(link is external) and http://www.cedoburlington.org/(link is external)College Street ShuttleEmployees at Fletcher Allen Health Care and University of Vermont can take the College Street Shuttle to downtown! The Shuttle is a free service that runs every fifteen minutes from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Stops include Union Station, the Marketplace, UVM and Fletcher Allen. Check out the website for detailed schedule information at www.cctaride.org(link is external)The Link ExpressCCTA also offers three regional Link Express routes for commuters in Addison, Washington and Franklin Counties. Traveling on the Link Express is an easy and economical way to commute into downtown Burlington. For fare and schedule information, please visit www.cctaride.org(link is external). Downtown Employees Can ‘PARC’ for Less The PARC Shuttle travels from the General Dynamics parking lot on Lakeside Avenue along Pine Street to the corner of Bank and Pine Street every fifteen minutes during peak commuting times, starting at 7:00AM a.m. until 8:15 p.m., Monday-Friday, with less frequent service throughout the rest of the day, consult the schedule athttp://www.cctaride.org/pdf/route-templates/BM&G%20changes/Full%20Templa…(link is external) Employees and individuals who aren’t enrolled, can sign-up with CCTA by calling 864-0211. For more detailed schedule information, please visit the website at www.cctaride.org(link is external).