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Hey night owls, new downtown Fargo pickup zones begin Thursday night

Do you visit Downtown Fargo between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.? Then these changes may affect your trip.

Downtown Fargo Saturday night
Downtown Fargo can be a congested area on a weekend night as revelers hit the numerous bars found along Broadway and side streets.
Chris Flynn / The Forum
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FARGO — Downtown visitors looking for a ride home from a taxi, ride-share service or friend will be using newly designated pickup areas beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

The Fargo City Commission passed an ordinance that seeks to disperse large crowds in front of bars at closing time and make sober rides more accessible to help residents get home more easily.

These pickup areas are intended for cabs, ride-share services and general passenger pickups. They will provide easier access for drivers to pick up downtown bar and restaurant patrons year-round.

A no-parking sign that says "cab stand" is attached to a signpost with a different no-parking and 4-hour parking signs.
Signs in specified areas of downtown Fargo now indicate "cab stand" areas, which are designated pickup spots for bar patrons Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Melissa Van Der Stad / The Forum

While travelers can continue to be dropped off anywhere in the downtown area, pickups must occur in the designated zones from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Downtown visitors will spot new red and white signage that indicates the designated pickup zones in the following locations:

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  • 600 Northern Pacific Ave. N. 
  • 400 First Ave. N. 
  • 600 Second Ave. N. 
  • 500 Sixth Ave. N.
  • 200 Fifth St. N.

The zone on Fifth Street is not yet ready while the Radisson Blu Fargo, 201 Fifth St. N., undergoes exterior repairs.

Map of pick-up zones in downtown Fargo

On-street parking will be unavailable in the areas during the pickup times to help facilitate accessible rides downtown late at night.

Officers with the Fargo Police Department will begin working with the public to inform them about the new areas to encourage proper use.

“Large crowds tend to congregate outside of businesses at bar close, causing streets to become congested and making it difficult for ride share and cabs to operate efficiently. The initiative for these pick-up areas started in late 2021 as a result of a collaborative effort between downtown partners and the Fargo Police Department to help improve safety at bar close without inhibiting local business,” said Fargo Police Lieutenant William Ahlfeldt.

While in these pickup zones, all vehicles must be legally parked. Ride-share and general passenger pick-up vehicles must remain occupied and abide by a 10-minute time limit. Cabs do not have a time limit while waiting for patrons.

Drivers found in violation of the ordinance will be charged a $20 fine.

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