Phoenix Parking Meters to Be Enforced on Nights, Weekends

Categories: City Hall
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Dave Winer


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.

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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.

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Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Maybe they need the money to give themselves another pay raise.

leonardclark
leonardclark

I was there and testified twice against this bill. Am sad to say that the only council members who voted against this bill were Waring, Gates and Diciccio.  Only one republican voted along with Pastor, Gallego, Nowakowski, Valenzuela and mayor Stanton and that was district #1 council person Thelda Williams.

They had smiles on their faces as they were passing the votes as if to say..."ha, ha, suckers ....we'll give out subisidies to the big downtown businesses but screw you little peasants !

Leonard Clark

Daniel Gross
Daniel Gross

Predatory city council. They don't see citizens as people.... the council sees citizens as REVENUE

Debbie L Douglas
Debbie L Douglas

The parking downtown already sucks and is to over priced! That is why a lot of people don't go downtown!! I work downtown and it sucks. I pay for parking every month, plus gas to get there from the East valley every day!!!S U C K S

Tony Evangelisti
Tony Evangelisti

Yeah yet all the Meth and heroin addicts that roam the streets get free state funded health insurance. Real good.

Bryan Stanley
Bryan Stanley

I had few reasons to go downtown to begin with. I have even fewer now.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

No way am I paying that kind of money to park. I know I'm showing my age, but I can remember when parking meters took pennies and nickels. Inflation has been a bitch since then, but I don't think it's been 10000%.

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Guess I am really going to have consider whether or not I go downtown for anything. Bad, bad, city policy

rickaz59
rickaz59

Tell us again how much the  owners of parking garages and lots contribute to the Mayor and Council races.

David Thelen
David Thelen

Well, they better add more light rail trains because that's the only way I'm going downtown.

Lori Sander Boucher
Lori Sander Boucher

Along with jacking up water rates and a bunch of other crap too!!! It's not just parking meters they're screwing ppl to balance their debts.

Jo Hafford
Jo Hafford

As a Midtowner - I don't actually care. We don't have meters, and I've long refused to drive downtown. Far easier to take the light rail anyhow.

Wm Douglas Elliott
Wm Douglas Elliott

Guess the Ruthugs needed some revenue they can steal from the state. They take anything that isn't bolted down nowadays.

MarkW
MarkW

What a way to discourage people to come into Phoenix for a night on the town. Because Phoenix officials can't manage their money they expect area residents to make up the difference of their mismanagement of revenue. I feel sorry for downtown Phoenix businesses who will loose customers because of this bad decision.

Mark 

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

I don't even like to go downtown.

Laura Ory
Laura Ory

The new extended hours probably in August and the new cost in October or November. They have to replace like 2,000 meters first.

Steven Makin
Steven Makin

What is wrong with these people, don't they want the downtown area to people friendly, just like our politicians, they just don't give a shit about the people.

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

...That's $7 dollars per AZ resident per year...here's how they make up for it..

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Arpaio needs gone, he's cost $44 million to taxpayers to defend himself in court alone...

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Thats what this is Justin..Phoenix budget was short..

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Boooo stop throwing drug users in jail and you won't have such a budget shortfall!!

Tara Bentley
Tara Bentley

Screw the city. The politicians screw us and then expect us to foot the bill?

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

Tempe changed their meter times awhile back. All around Mill Ave the meters charge until 10pm now.

Tara Bentley
Tara Bentley

The politicians screw us on the budget then expect us to pay? Screw them.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

Letter written and sent to every single council member. I encourage the rest of you to do the same.

Rita Hankerson
Rita Hankerson

They should be paying people to come downtown, not charging them more!

Electrica
Electrica

Tony is that what you find down town? Another reason not to go? Meth addicts roaming the street? Expensive parking meters and meth addicts roaming the streets downtown. Tony maybe you can write the new Phoenix tourism guide.

Electrica
Electrica

I am always shocked how Phoenix tries to kill business downtown. To me, it's as if they HATE PROGRESS. And are willing to do whatever it is to make anyone even slightly considering going downtown, to make sure they change their mind.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MarkW 

The business owners actually like this, because it means that people can't leave their cars in front of their stores/restaurants all night long.   Having to pay for parking is much better than not being able to find a place to park at all, don't you think?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Yup...

Electrica
Electrica

Go ahead and make the parking meters ten dollars an hour to park. What's stopping you?


MarkW
MarkW

@valleynative @MarkW So you think people drive down town, go into a restaurant eat, and then leave their car in front of the place and take a cab home? Your comment makes no sense. Business owners DON'T LIKE THIS jacking up meter prices. It will only HURT not help their business!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MarkW @valleynative 

Try to think.  People drive downtown, find a place to park, meet up with friends and one of them drives them home.

The businesses favor this.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @MarkW "The businesses favor this. "


Nice pull out of the ass, since you don't know this, you are simply saying this to attempt to make your point more valid. 


But it's still you doing what you do normally, talking out your ass.


I have read other articles on the subject, including several that actually spoke with business owners downtown (unlike you) and the business owners DO NOT like this - yes, they see a problem that needs fixed, but they hate this idea since it does NOT fix the problem but instead drives business away.


For the record, the business owners wanted a system where they could validate for people using the businesses and got turned down by the city, who only wants profits. The businesses were only pissed at the people parking overnight thus taking up spaces the businesses needed to serve customers.


This will hurt downtown business

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @MarkW HAHAHAHA..... yeah... people leave their cars parked downtown all the time rather than at home....


Hell, I drive downtown just to park and have my friend drive me home. 


I just love my car being parked downtown rather than at home, it makes me feel so secure knowing my car is not at home and probably being vandalized, broken into, or just plain stripped.


ROFLMFAO!!!! You will try to justify anything... so sad

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative @MarkW 

No, you've misunderstood.  The business owners would prefer to be able to validate, but this is preferable to the current situation.  It will not drive away business, except at the low economic scale, which isn't really much of a factor for downtown businesses.  If having to pay a couple of dollars to park would keep you away, I sure wouldn't want you as a customer in my downtown business.  You'd be taking up time and space that somebody who can afford to buy things and to tip well should be filling.

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