The East Providence City Council introduced new ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 19, that create two small 6-hour and 2-hour parking zones on Taunton Avenue.
The 6-hour parking zone would run from John Street to Russell Avenue on the north side of Taunton Avenue. The 2-hour zone would run from Russell Avenue to Broadway on the south side of Taunton.
Those parking areas are currently 2-hour and 30-minute parking zones.
The rest of Taunton Avenue between Walnut Street and Broadway would remain 2-hour parking.
Merchants in the two proposed parking zones requested the changes primarily because they are forced to move their own vehicles often during the day with 2-hour parking.
Taunton Avenue has 2-hour parking primarily because of concerns that commuters would use the street to park their vehicles while taking RIPTA busses into Providence.