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City delays downtown parking increase

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email & Sara Celi – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)-- Downtown drivers get a break on parking for another day.

Prices are going up for parking meters and garages downtown. Starting Wednesday, it will cost $2 for one hour of marking at meters downtown, though the first ten minutes will still be free. Previously, it was only $1 per hour.

The parking increase was to take effect on Monday, but city council postponed the increase for 48 hours. Council member Chris Bortz said the stickers that show the new price of the meter have not arrived, but should be here by Wednesday.

The city made the meter rate change in anticipation of putting in solar powered kiosks and meters that can accept charge cards and prepaid cards in addition to change. Those meters are not installed yet downtown, and the increased fees will help pay for their installation.

Parking garages have also increased, with varying rates for monthly and daily parkers.

For example, the Fountain Square South garage fee for monthly parkers has increased 18 percent, to $195. The Towne Center garage fee is now $40 for monthly parkers.

 

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