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PSA: Downtown Parking Meters Enforced Until 10PM

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  • #82486
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Communication sent via email today from Capital Crossroads:

    I am writing to make sure you are aware of changes in parking meter policy for Gay Street. Yesterday, the City reduced meter charges by 50%, from $1.50 per hour to $.75 per hour. The reduction in meter charges came in response to community concerns about a proposed increase in parking meter rates. At the same time and at the recommendation of a panel of businesses, the City extended parking meter enforcement until 10:00 PM. Until yesterday, people could park for free after 6:00 PM.

    Please advise your customers, employees, tenants, and guests who might use Gay Street after 6:00 PM that parking meters are no longer free.

    The City will continue to reprogram parking meters throughout downtown. In all cases, meter charges will be reduced to $.75 per hour and enforcement times will be extended until 10:00 PM. All two-hour meters will be reprogrammed to allow for three-hour use.

    The decrease in parking meter fees and extension of meter enforcement times are two recommendations made by a panel of businesses created by Mayor Coleman to review parking meter policies for the City of Columbus. The panel included Gay Street businesses, as well as property and business owners in other areas of downtown, the Arena District, University District, and Short North. The City’s Public Service Department was very responsive to suggestions and concerns raised by the panel.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

    Cleve Ricksecker

    Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs

    http://www.downtowncolumbus.com

    #385813

    honavery
    Member

    Yup, noticed the ones by Chipotle in GV had switched to 10pm tonight also.

    #385814

    Columbusite
    Member

    Pretty sure that no matter whether the city does an excellent or woeful job of publicizing this that they’ll still be making bundles during/after the transition.

    Motorists still don’t know how to read the stickers on the Cap stating that it’s a tow-away zone during rush hour in the morning and at 4-6PM at night. Maybe the the font and colors need an update?

    #385815
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Columbusite wrote >>
    Pretty sure that no matter whether the city does an excellent or woeful job of publicizing this that they’ll still be making bundles during/after the transition.

    Yeah, that was kind of the whole point of these changes, for better or for worse… to raise revenues.

    #385816

    cc
    Member

    I think this is a huge win for Gay St., less expensive meters and hopefully a bit more evening turnover.

    #385817

    Core_Models
    Member

    cc wrote >>
    I think this is a huge win for Gay St., less expensive meters and hopefully more evening turnover.

    Yeah, my kneejerk response was “this sucks” as someone who likes not worrying about paying for parking at night downtown. Once I got beyond my own motivations, I agree, its good for downtown and good for the businesses along Gay.

    #385818

    joev
    Participant

    Does anyone know if they meters are all marked correctly now, or is everyone just supposed to know this?

    #385819

    sixby9is42
    Member

    joev wrote >>
    Does anyone know if they meters are all marked correctly now, or is everyone just supposed to know this?

    At the very least, the Grandview meter I parked at near Figlio last Friday was marked correctly.

    #385820

    gramarye
    Participant

    Honestly, the hours and rates don’t bother me. It’s the predatory attitude I’ve read about with respect to enforcement–the stories of people coming back and watching the meter guy hovering around their car, waiting for the meter to expire.

    #385821

    somertimeoh
    Participant

    honavery wrote >>
    Yup, noticed the ones by Chipotle in GV had switched to 10pm tonight also.

    I got hit there at 9:30pm last week :( What sucks is that I came up the back way and drove past the FREE lot so I could get a $25 ticket for my 5 minute transaction. Ugh, I was so pissed. That is where I think they should use some discretion. There was maybe one other car on the street, so the need to “enforce turnover” was absolutely not there. A warning would have been nice (had I remembered the time change, I would have thrown a quarter in!) and I wouldn’t be on a personal crusade to do anything possible to not spend a nickle in a Columbus parking meter for the rest of the year.

    I will be most happy if they don’t raise enough money for the bond. I know that’s awful to say, but I dislike this group of people so much, I’d really prefer they all get fired and the city starts over.

    #385822

    cc
    Member

    somertimeoh wrote >>

    . There was maybe one other car on the street, so the need to “enforce turnover” was absolutely not there. .

    The enforced until 10pm in some areas is the double edged sword of the meter price decrease. I think places like Gay St and the Short North will benefit the most while other areas not so much.

    #385823

    JonMyers
    Participant

    Well, given the fact that every time city workers are looked at cross-eyed or inconvenienced in the most minor of ways they’re paid overtime and bonuses, I fail to see how this will be profitable to enforce this late at night, based on my understanding of current staffing and compensation.

    #385824

    somertimeoh
    Participant

    cc wrote >>

    somertimeoh wrote >>

    . There was maybe one other car on the street, so the need to “enforce turnover” was absolutely not there.

    The enforced until 10pm in some areas is the double edged sword of the meter price decrease. I think places like Gay St and the Short North will benefit the most while other areas not so much.

    Did you not read the sentence before that where I said, “That is where I think they should use some discretion.”? I absolutely agree that Gay St, Short North, and even 4th in the block where DF’s and now Little Palace are desperately need enforcement before 10pm. However, 9:30 outside of Chipotle in a deserted Brewery District, not so much. I just wish they’d admit that the predatory behavior is happening and they flat out refuse. And that’s why it makes instances like mine so shitty. I’ll pay the fine, whatever, but it puts a bad taste BACK in my mouth and I’m not even from the ‘burbs!

    #385825

    drew
    Participant

    JonMyers wrote >>
    Well, given the fact that every time city workers are looked at cross-eyed or inconvenienced in the most minor of ways they’re paid overtime and bonuses, I fail to see how this will be profitable to enforce based on my understanding of current staffing and compensation.

    I’d guess that the easily torn-off stickers and otherwise inadequate notification of the change will, at least in the short term, provide plenty of revenue through fines.

    But, yeah – I’ve definitely wondered how much extending meter hours helps when it requires extra man hours from the ticket patrol.

    #385826

    cc
    Member

    @somertimeoh

    Ummm, yes I did…did you read mine?

    Your $25 is subsidizing the lower rates included the ones in Short North and Gay St.

    Your fine is not a case of aggressive ticketing but merely part of the implementation of the new rates.

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