Raleigh parking meters get more expensive

Posted July 29, 2009

— The city will implement new on-street parking meter rates, beginning next Monday.

The new rates are designed to discourage long-term parking in on-street spaces so there is more turnover, which was one of the objectives of the Downtown Master Parking Plan the City Council approved in January. Turnover of the parking spaces helps attract more business customers and other visitors downtown, officials said.

The rates will allow drivers to purchase smaller increments of time than the traditional one- or two-hour limits, officials said.

Beginning Monday, the new meter rates for on-street parking will be as follows:

• 25 cents for 15 minutes (the minimum amount required to activate the meters)
• 50 cents for 30 minutes
• $1 for one hour
• $2 for two hours


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  • RAINDOG Jul 29, 2009

    Once again the city of Raleigh makes it more difficult to do business in downtown Raleigh. The parking decks are not safe and on-street parking is too expensive. The city wants growth downtown and at the same time continues to discourage business. Lets ask Mayor Meeker and the city council to feed parking meters all day and see how they like it. Decisions are always made without any consideration for the general public.

  • craziecrafter Jul 29, 2009

    No wonder I don't go downtown......

  • Marc3939 Jul 29, 2009

    Parking downtown is a joke with all the "handicap" people taking all the spaces.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jul 29, 2009

    If you don't like it, then don't go downtown. Or just go after 5pm or on weekends when it's free.

  • donnied1952 Jul 29, 2009

    Dear Raleigh,
    Perhaps more people would be willing to use the parking garages if they felt safe in them. There is never anyone around and I always feel uncomfortable when I park in the ones downtown.

    And to Opinionated, you are so right, if you earn a dollar they take .99 of it for some tax or other.
    And with this healthcare program that is about to be pushed through, there goes you penny.

    It's no wonder that the young people and some not so young turn to drugs. At least, until you get caught, you can make a living at that.

    It's a sad situation for the normal working class, whether you 10K a year or 100K a year, the politicians are going to take eveyr cent you make.

  • The Fox Jul 29, 2009

    Actually, you are also paying for the cost of the new meters, and yes some (at least in other cities) take cards.

  • james27613 Jul 29, 2009

    Meters always go up in price and have less time to park.

    Since the City annexed my 'hood they tax my cars too.

    I AVOID parking in downtown, never shop or eat there either
    unless it is a Sunday or use the deck.

  • OpinionatedGuy Jul 29, 2009

    This is ridiculous! We are taxed when we get paid, taxed for shelter, transportation, food, utilities, gas, cigarettes, and alcohol. We are charged at the end of the year again on the same money we were already taxed on and then we are charged to park, drive and to eat. Want to buy something, pay extra because we moved all the jobs, out of the country… What is wrong with the US, State and local governments today?

  • LL4U Jul 29, 2009

    Guess they have to make the money somehow to pay for Russell Allen's big fat raise that he so happily accepted with no regard for others who have had their salaries cut, no longevity and reduced hours!!!! What a smuck!! He's no better than the members of the city council who voted to give him the raise and then no nothing Meeker supported it when he could have taken a stand for the people of Raleigh and stopped that nonsense!!

  • csswisher Jul 29, 2009

    No......just another way for the greedy to be even MORE greedy with OUR money.......little by little.....piece by piece, they dig into our pockets a little deeper.....they are NEVER happy and always more greedy!