Alexandria plans to follow the District’s footsteps and raise parking meter rates.
City leaders discussed a plan to raise the rate as much as 75 cents. Right now, there are different rates in Old Town and the Carlyle area. Old Town rates currently are at $1 per hour.
Under the proposal, the city would also increase parking spaces in Old Town and extend parking meter hours.
The proposal still needs to be approved by the council. A final decision on the rate proposal is expected at the end of the month after a revenue study, according to the Examiner.
The city council will vote on the final budget May 3. Any changes would take effect July 1, when the new fiscal year starts.
In D.C., a budget proposal would raise the cost of parking at a meter for 15 minutes at the National Mall, downtown and into Northwest to 75 cents, or $3 per hour. Last year, the rate was raised from a $1 an hour to $2 per hour. However, Mayor Adrian Fenty said those rates aren't final, and that they could be scaled back or adjusted at different times of the day.
Published at 1:21 PM EDT on Apr 15, 2010 | Updated at 1:32 PM EDT on Apr 15, 2010