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Spokane Parking Meter Rate Changes

**News Release from the City of Spokane**

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane has begun making changes to more than 2,300 parking meters in the City core to reflect new rates approved in December by the City Council. 

The new rates are designed to standardize rates for short-term and long-term parking and were supported by a recommendation that is based directly on market demand in the 2011 Downtown Parking Study, commissioned by the Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) jointly with the City of Spokane. Rates at 30-minute spaces will be reduced, while those at two-hour, three-hour and 10-hour spaces will increase. Ninety-minute spaces remain the same.

Overall, parking rates for short-term parking—four hours or less—will be a consistent $1.20 per hour, and long-term parking—more than four hours—will be 40 cents per hour.

"It's really a matter of providing predictability within the system. Anyone should be able to know ahead of time exactly what rate they are paying consistently at each and every meter," said Mike Tedesco, DSP President. "And, we still are able to boast some of the lowest parking rates in the northwest."

These changes may generate some additional revenue, which the City Council designated to be used for essential City services, including street maintenance and public safety as well as new streetscape improvements within the metered area.

"With capital investment into additional streetscape, signage, sidewalk, and parking system improvements, your meter money will make the difference in Downtown Spokane," added Tedesco. "We're always looking for ways to partner with the City to invest in enhancements to make Downtown as customer-service friendly, attractive, and vibrant as it should be—together we're making a change for the better."

The last change in parking meter fees took place in 2007.  Prior to that, the parking meter fees had remained the same since 2000.  Parking meters are located throughout the City core, and parking fees are required between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

It will take several weeks to reconfigure the meters, and parkers are being asked to observe the hours and rates posted.

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