City announces changes to metered parking

City announces changes to metered parking

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The city announced Wednesday that beginning Jan. 11, 2016, on-street parking meter rates, times and fines will be "adjusted."

In the French Quarter, Marigny, Central Business District and Warehouse District, on-street parking meter rates will be increased to $3 an hour. Parking meter rates will be increased to $2 an hour everywhere else.

The hours of enforcement for on-street metered spaces will be extended from the current cutoff time of 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parking enforcement will continue to be Monday through Saturday. The city said the new time is a compromise agreement, reduced from the original plan of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As part of the compromise to reduce the enforcement hours, the City Council has committed to an increase in parking ticket prices from $20 to $30. The change will go before the council in January.

Some of the new revenue will be used to hire an additional 20 parking enforcement officers in 2016, bringing daily staffing to nearly 40 enforcement officers per day.

The city said a major concern of workers is that public transportation options are limited late at night. In response, the city is working with the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority to expand transit services, including bus line hours of operation. In January and February 2016, RTA will begin public hearings on expanding transit services hours into downtown. RTA anticipates expanded services will begin in the spring.

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