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SD May Change Parking Meter Rates and Hours


Aired 4/20/09

It could become more expensive to use a parking meter in San Diego, especially if you want to park in a popular area. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

The San Diego City council could vote Monday to allow the city to change the way parking meters are used in the city. Right now most meters cost $1.25 per hour. Council President Ben Hueso says new rules would change that.


“In an effort to manage parking and traffic demand, we will discuss the viability of implementing variable cost parking that will allow the city to adjust the rate accordingly for the privilege of parking closer to popular commercial areas,” he says. 


The Mayor would have the authority to set the meter rates and the hours when they’ll be charged. For example, spots near crowded shops and restaurants may charge $3 an hour. But spots in less crowded areas could be as low as $0.50 an hour. The hours meters are in effect could extend until 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday in some spots. Meters might also be updated to allow users to pay with credit cards.  


Katie Orr, KPBS News

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