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New year, new parking fees in downtown Raleigh

Posted January 1
Updated August 11

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— Parking attendants in downtown Raleigh had a tough job Friday night as people were unhappy about parting with their money after new parking rules took effect.

Amanda Batchelor and Richie Roberson had dinner plans downtown Friday night, but before they walked into their restaurant, they had already spent five dollars.

“I had no clue,” said Batchelor. “I asked [the parking attendant] when it started and she said yesterday, happy new year.”

The pair were among the first to pay Raleigh’s new parking fee. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning, drivers will be charged a five dollar flat fee upon entrance to park in the four city parking decks where nighttime traffic is heaviest.

Drivers who park in the four specified garages before 5 p.m. on Friday will be charged the regular hourly rate of $1 per half hour, up to $12. For example, if a car enters the garage at 3:30 p.m. and leaves at 10 p.m., they would be charged $3 up to 5 p.m. and $5 for the remaining time, for a total of $8.

Parking will continue to be free on Saturdays before 5 p.m. If a vehicle enters on of the garages before 5 p.m., there is no charge to exit after 5 p.m.

Fees at the city’s other parking decks will remain the same and on-street parking will continue to be free after 5 p.m.

Money from the new fee will pay for cleaning and maintenance on the decks.

“If you park in a garage, you are going to pay,” said Roberson.

While Batchelor is just getting used to the idea, Roberson said it reminded him of home.

“I am actually from Charleston and we pay for parking all the time,” he said.

The fees mean something different for Alan Ramirez, who works at a restaurant and bar in downtown Raleigh.

“Well, it will add up. That’s another bill a month,” he said. “[I] just have to deal with it for now, hope it changes.”

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  • Andrew Stephenson Jan 3, 2016
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    To be fair though, if you're talking Manhattan, they really don't want anyone driving downtown anyway. The fees are meant to discourage you from even trying. That city lives off its public transportation system. Raleigh just doesn't have that.

  • Ashley Moore Jan 3, 2016
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    Does the city not offer a permit for employees who work during those hours? A man in the article said it was another bill. Seems to me that employees should have different options.

  • Lamario Kelly Jan 3, 2016
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    C'mon people, it's $5. Yet some spend triple that to get drunk, but complain about a parking fee. Yeah I don't like it, but I don't have to go downtown. If you think $5 is bad move to NYC and then tell me about the "$5" parking!!

  • Ryan Tyson Jan 2, 2016
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    That particular parking deck is not owned by the city. The company who owns it decides the fee.

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Jan 2, 2016
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    If you don't like it, don't go down there. You obviously know about the fee. If enough people stop going into Raleigh, for a long enough period of time that the business owners can prove to the city, that the parking fees are ruining their businesses, the policy will be reversed. That is IF you could get everyone into the same boat. That is doubtful though.

  • Erin Swinson Jan 2, 2016
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    We parked Downtown Raleigh last night at the Parking Deck attached to The Ale House and they charged us $7?? This article says its $5. What's up with that!?!

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Jan 2, 2016
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    Same here. The only time I have even been in downtown Raleigh in the last 5 years, was to take my granddaughter to the Marbles Museum for her birthday. If you are dumb enough to want to go to downtown Raleigh, especially at night, you guys can have it. But please stop complaining. No one is forcing you to go.

  • Matt Clinton Jan 2, 2016
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    The solution is easy for an out-of-towner like me. I just don't do business downtown. Why would I when there are so many other options for dining and shopping available to me when I'm in the area that don't cost me extra?