4

Phoenix Parking Meters to Be Enforced on Nights, Weekends

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

The Phoenix City Council approved changes to the parking-meter enforcement to help cover the city's budget deficit.

Parking meters will be active on nights and weekends in the near future and could cost up to $4 an hour if there's an event going on nearby.

See also:
-Phoenix's Parking Meter Plan: Extend Hours, Raise and Lower Rates

The meters currently are in play only until 5 p.m. and aren't in action on the weekends. This has been extended to 10 p.m. every day, including holidays. The Street Transportation Department, in proposing these extensions, argued that the enforcement was consistent with how every major American city manages its meters.

The council also approved what the city's transportation department calls "demand-based pricing," which could raise or lower the hourly price depending on what's going on nearby. While all the meters are currently fixed at $1.50 an hour, they will be changed to charge as little as 50 cents per hour or as much as $4 per hour.

The Street Transportation Department originally proposed prices as high as $6 per hour, but the city's Downtown, Aviation, and Redevelopment Subcommittee recommended capping it at $4, which was what was eventually proposed to the council.

The changes were proposed as a way to bring in an extra $1 million to $2 million in revenue for the city next year. That estimate since has been reduced.

According to a report to the council from Budget and Research Director Mario Paniagua, it's estimated that the city will net $800,000 from the parking meter changes, as it's going to cost the city money to set up the variable rates on the meters.

The report also mentions potential plans to place meters at the city's mountain parks.

The city's plan is to have the extension of meter hours and days implemented by August, and the variable-pricing system implemented by October.

Got a tip? Send it to: Matthew Hendley.

Follow Valley Fever on Twitter at @ValleyFeverPHX.
Follow Matthew Hendley at @MatthewHendley.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.