Cost of parking to go up at downtown garage, meters next - Tucson News Now

Cost of parking to go up at downtown garage, meters next

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson city council approved a proposal by Parkwise on Tuesday to immediately raise the weekend rates for the Pennington parking garage downtown.  Currently the weekend flat rate is $3.00, but starting February 1st, the rate will go up to $5.00.  All other city garages already have a $5.00 flat rate.

The head of Parkwise says the increase is necessary to help the department make ends meet.  Administrator Donovan Durband says the department faces a $100,000 deficit.  He says meters that were taken out of commission during streetcar funding caused a dip in revenue. 

Durband made another proposal.  He has asked the council to approve a parking meter rate hike.  Most meters charge $0.50 an hour.  Durband will be asking the council to increase the rate to $1.00 an hour, which is the same cost of parking in a garage for an hour.  He says the goal is to encourage long-term parking in garages and make metered parking more available to short-term downtown visitors.

Parkwise will now research how much revenue a meter increase would generate, and then bring its findings to the city council.  If all goes as planned, Durband expects to see a metered parking increase take effect around July. 

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