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Downtown Raleigh parking rates increase

Posted September 30, 2013

— Parking in parts of downtown Raleigh became more expensive Monday.

On-street parking rates in the "purple zone," which is bounded by Morgan Street to the north, Wilmington Street to the east, Lenoir Street to the south, and Salisbury Street to the west, increases from $1 to $1.25 an hour. The 15-minute rate increases from 25 to 50 cents, and the 30-minute rate from 50 to 75 cents.

The rate increase was included in Raleigh's 2013-14 budget.

Rates in other areas downtown remain unchanged. Parking pay stations have colored decals to make it easier to identify the parking zone, officials said.


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  • tsquaring Oct 1, 2013

    just one more reason to stay away.

  • cynda-ur-way Oct 1, 2013

    hey Reed, I think they were being sarcastic.

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Oct 1, 2013

    "Downtown is so hurting right now. I couldn't go downtown last weekend cause I couldn't find anywhere to park."
    You realize that a packed downtown is actually the opposite of "hurting," right?

  • wayneboyd Oct 1, 2013

    When I (private person) find myself in financial straits, I
    find myself looking for something that I'm doing that I could live without. I don't have somebody elses pocket I can reach into and come up with the difference. I don't think my disfunctional government should be able to reach into mine either.

  • corey3rd2 Oct 1, 2013

    Downtown is so hurting right now. I couldn't go downtown last weekend cause I couldn't find anywhere to park.

  • veyor Sep 30, 2013

    Now they'll be collecting even less money. This system was a big big mistake.

  • cupofcoffee Sep 30, 2013

    What a rip off. Great idea. Drive people away from downtown. Nice job.

  • 426X3 Sep 30, 2013

    And the business's downtown wonder why they are hurting for business. Seems to be a No-brainer to me.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 30, 2013

    The parking may be okay for people that go downtown often, but those little signs are pain for those of us who don't. I've learned to park at the edges of downtown and walk a little more to avoid the hassle. I'm still in metered parking, but there is one specific street I like to use. Today there was an even worse sign. It had "No Parking" and "Towing" in big letters so I almost moved on, but parked farther down the block hoping it applied to just that space. Turns out it was for this past weekend. How is anyone supposed to read these little signs, especially special event paper ones, and figure out what they say, what they apply to, and when; all while driving?

  • wenfromwake Sep 30, 2013

    Will you include in the article what the City needs the extra revenue for? Glad they didn't increase if before the World of Bluegrass.