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Changes, new rates coming to some city parking meters

Changes are coming to some of Cincinnati's parking meters. (FOX19 NOW/file) Changes are coming to some of Cincinnati's parking meters. (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati is in the process of upgrading parking meters around the city to new, higher tech models - but the change may cost you.

City Manager Harry Black says the change is necessary because most of the city's existing parking meters are old, prone to vandalism and don't accept credit cards.

That's why the city has entered into a new contract with Xerox for 1,500 new smart parking meters. The first 500 will be installed in Over the Rhine by Dec. 24. They will have pay-by-smartphone capability hooked up by mid-2015.

The remaining 1,000 meters will be installed in Neighborhood Business Districts by Jan. 16. Those neighborhoods include Clifton, Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Northside, O'Bryonville, Oakley, Pleasant Ridge and Uptown.

The new meters will also mean new enforcement hours and rates in some areas.

In the Central Business District and Over-The-Rhine, enforcement will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The hourly rate in Over-The-Rhine will increase to $1.00 per hour starting Jan. 2.

Rates in some areas will stay the same. The Neighborhood Business District will remain .50 cents per hour and Downtown $2.00 per hour.

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