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Durham adding 1,000 metered parking spots to meet downtown demand

Posted February 6
Updated February 27

— Get ready to pay a bit more for on-street parking in downtown Durham.

Beginning Monday, the Bull City will debut parking meters for about 1,000 spaces located throughout the downtown area.

City officials say many of the meters will have a time limit enforced during peak usage hours to encourage faster turnover.

According to Durham Parking Management Division Administrator Thomas Leathers, the installation of the meters comes after a recommendation made in a comprehensive parking study.

​“If you’ve been downtown lately, you’ve seen just how busy it is and how scarce our on-street parking has become,” Leathers said in a statement. “Through the implementation of this new metered parking, we’re going to provide more access to downtown parking with the added convenience of having multiple ways to pay.”

The on-street parking will be a combination of single-space parking meters and multi-space pay stations that will accept credit and debit cards, cash and coins. They will also be compatible with Passport's pay-by-phone app.

The on-street hourly parking rate will be $1.50 per hour.

For visitors to Durham who need to park a little longer than an hour at a time, Leathers says four parking garages and three surface lots near downtown are good options.

“While the rate in our garages and surface lots will increase by 25 cents, to $1.25 per hour, beginning Feb. 27, there are no time constraints on these parking spaces, so this is a great option if you’re going to be downtown for a considerable amount of time," he said.

The city also announced that special event parking in the city's parking garages will increase from $3 to $5 on Feb. 27.


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  • Suzanne Cross Feb 6, 2017
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    To echo what others are saying they are NOT providing 1000 new spaces, they are just charging for what was already there and ALREADY had a limit of one hour. This will do absolutely nothing to alleviate the parking shortage in downtown Durham. "Encouraging faster turnover" means visitors will have to shop less, maybe reconsider having a meal after shopping, etc. Address the shortage of available parking please. This is no where near to being a solution or even a stop gap.

  • Norman Lewis Feb 6, 2017
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    Hope everyone noticed that NO new spaces were being started, only charging more for what was already available. The city is going to "debut" parking meters for spaces already there. This will do NOTHING to alleviate the parking problem, only increase the Durham City budget. No thanks, I'll stay away from Durham as I already do because of the high crime, shootings, robberies etc. I guess they need a lesson in setting priorities.

  • Jim Frei Feb 6, 2017
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    And that's why I avoid going downtown when I can get free parking in the surburban shopping centers. Did Wyatt Earp pay to tie up his horse at the Dead Eye Saloon? Did Columbus pay a mooring fee at San Salvador? Did Patton pay to park his tank in the Palermo town square?

  • Adam Hatch Feb 6, 2017
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    This is the stupidest thing. So you're charging and sending people who want more than 1 hour to garages? Perfect example of government stepping in and trying to solve a problem by creating a bigger problem and then charging for it.

  • Frank Curcio Feb 6, 2017
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    I take it to mean that existing spaces that were free will now be metered.

  • Jim Frei Feb 6, 2017
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    Is the city adding 1000 additional parking spots to the current inventory, or just installing meters at 1000 parking spots that are now free?