ITHACA, N.Y. — The City of Ithaca has suspended odd/even parking again until the next snowy forecast. Ithaca is operating with a new system this year, turning odd/even parking on and off as needed instead of enforcing it all winter.

The city has been using Swift911 to alert residents when odd/even parking is in effect. Anyone can sign up for the service (click here) and receive alerts by text, email, phone or all three.

City Chief of Staff Dan Cogan said so far the alerts have gone smoothly, though there have been a few “hiccups” because though people have been signing up for Swift911, they have not all signed up for odd/even parking alerts.

So far 5,000 residents have signed up for the City of Ithaca list, but only 840 have signed up for the odd/even parking alerts, Cogan said.

Screenshot of alerts sent via Swift911. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
Screenshot of alerts sent via Swift911. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

Residents who want to be alerted of odd/even parking and other specific alerts like construction updates or water notifications must opt in to those lists individually after signing up. To activate the parking notifications, one must click the “add subscriptions” button and select the option that states “Tompkins County NY City of Ithaca – Odd Even Parking Notifications.”

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Swift911 is also not just for City of Ithaca residents. It is used for alerts for all of Tompkins County, too.

City and county officials first announced the use of Swift911 at the end of October. As part of the announcement, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced that odd/even parking would be suspended and instead would be turned on as needed. Odd/even parking typically goes into effect Nov. 1 and requires that between 2 and 6 a.m., residents do not park their cars on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days and the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days.

With snow forecast throughout last week and this past weekend, the City of Ithaca put odd/even parking into effect Dec. 11. The city and county have used Swift911 to send out other alerts as well, including police activity on certain streets, weather alerts, road closures and fire hydrant testing.

Residents who do not want to sign up for Swift911 can still get notified by visiting the city’s website and social media.

For more information about Swift911, visit www.cityofithaca.org/617/Emergency-Notification.

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Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.