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Raleigh council OKs plan for more parking meters

Posted January 6, 2009
Updated July 22

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— The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday decided to move forward with a plan to create nearly 1,000 more metered spaces and to raise rates in an effort to help free up parking spaces in downtown.

City parking specialist Gordon Dash says that raising the number of metered spots from about 580 to 1560 will help increase turnover and benefit businesses.

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The change also means rates will eventually increase this year from 50 cents an hour to $1 an hour to help pay for the expenses associated with the planned 140 meters, which would cost the city about $1.6 million. Each new meter will track five to seven spaces, the city said.

Dash said he expects the meters to pay for themselves in about two years and that future revenue from the meters would go to pay off debt for parking decks and to cover operations within the city's parking operations.

The city parking staff says they will not be asking for any additional increases in next year's budget.

"We only need the revenue to pay for the expense," Dash said.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker says the changes will eventually make parking in downtown easier.

"Having the public understand – that is the challenge that we face," Meeker said. "The main purpose is to try to regulate parking better so customers have spaces on the street.

In November, $5 increases in parking fines went into effect. They included $20 tickets for non-safety violations, such as parking in a zone longer than allowed. Safety violations, such as parking in a restricted zone, now cost $30.

The City Council approved the new fines in June as part of its 2008-2009 budget.


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  • really02 Jan 7, 2009

    More money for a worthless government. What will they do with it?

    I know Charge more.

  • flashlight Jan 7, 2009

    People see: "Cost increase" and scream bloody murder.

    Raleigh isn't the same place it was 20 years ago. Most commenting on this story I doubt spend any time inside the beltline, even. You're dreaming if you think street parking downtown isn't perpetually clogged with 9-5ers moving their car every two hours. Good thing a deck space close by costs around $90 a month, which employers rarely pay for.

  • abeille Jan 7, 2009

    thinkb4youspeak appears to be the only person on here with half a brain. How often do all you whiners go downtown anyway? Since you hate downtown so much, how is the affecting you? Do you need a sniffle rag?

    Anyone who has been to any other successful downtown in the world knows that parking isn't free. In fact, in many downtowns it is NEVER free, not even after business hours - because land is scarce in urban environments, so you have to pay for the dead space your vehicle is occupying.

    This new plan is to keep parking spots on the street (read: closest to businesses) turning over throughout the day, so new customers can easily access the businesses. Having employees of said businesses jockeying their cars to occupy the best free spots all day long while customers have to walk from decks doesn't make any sense and is terrible for business. The fact that someone has to explain this just proves that all the naysayers have absolutely no business acumen whatsoever.

  • thinkb4youspeak Jan 6, 2009

    This is simply an effort to keep "long term" parkers off the street. People park in 2 hour spots, and go into the office for the day. If you can't afford an extra $0.50 or $1 to park for dinner, then youprobably shouldn't be down there anyway. This will not have any serious impact on anyone other than people that park all day.

  • FE Jan 6, 2009

    As others have stated, one more good reason to avoid downtown Raleigh.

    BTW: What kind of confusion is this going to generate: "Each new meter will track five to seven spaces, the city said." ???


  • A1 Go Canes Jan 6, 2009

    What about the problems with "Handicap" people that park in metered spaces for free ALL DAY. WRAL showed a few before, one lady had "just dropped off her dad" but was heading to work in a downtown building (DOT?). People that are really handicapped cannot find spaces because of the creeps who use other people's tags to park for free while they work. Of course I don't understand why handicapped people get free parking in the first place, but that is another discussion.

  • foetine Jan 6, 2009

    Yes! Charge me more cash for my own good. Quit taxing, feeing and tolling us to death. I'm trying to save up cash and thieves like Meeker keep swiping my wallet. They're a pack of legal burglars.

  • nufsaid Jan 6, 2009

    Any excuse to increase taxes/fees. Get used to it. If we continue to elect the same people we can't expect anything different.

  • spentrounds-full auto Jan 6, 2009

    What a joke. Downtown Raleigh is going to die again, if it ever was resurrected. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Meeker promise to make parking downtown much more affordable and easier a few years ago, to include cracking down on tow truck drivers hauling vehicles away?

  • davidgnews Jan 6, 2009

    Hopefully they'll fix all of the broken meters that are downtown already - the ones that refuse to take 50 cents, but are "good" for generating a higher-revenue parking ticket instead.