Parking meter changes take effect in downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX - If you're parking in Downtown Phoenix you will need to watch the meter a little bit closer starting today.

Phoenix city officials say they are extending parking meter hours by five hours every weekday.

That means meter hours will now be 8 a.m. to  10 p.m. instead of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"I think if there is an event going on then it makes sense. If there is no event going on,  then it seems like 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. would be a good cut off," said Phoenix resident Leah Downing.

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"People who park here everyday aren't going to be able to afford that," said Norah Seorna.

Weekends will also be seeing some changes. While meters used to be free all weekend, parking will now be enforced from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

This is just the first of two planned changes for downtown phoenix parking meters.

Starting in November, new rates will go into effect. The new rates will charge drivers different amounts depending on where they park.

The new rates will be as low as $0.50 or as high as $4.00 per hour.

"That's going to be $6 for me to stay an hour or an hour and a half of work. So, no I don't like it at all. They're getting rich off of people like me," said John Alvarez.

Phoenix city leaders voted to change meter hours and rates as a way to increase revenue and make it easier to find parking downtown.

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