Raleigh aims to shift parking spot sitters

(AP)

December 29, 2009 4:22:31 PM PST
The City of Raleigh wants to open up more street parking for short term users, and it's shifting to a new pay to park system.

In a news release Tuesday, the City said it expects to install 173 new parking pay stations beginning the week of January 25.

The new pay stations will be installed throughout the downtown core bounded by Edenton Street, South Street, Blount Street and Harrington Street. More stations will be placed along Glenwood Avenue from Hillsborough Street to Peace Street in the Glenwood South area. An additional 20 pay stations will be placed on Hillsborough Street between Oberlin Road and Gardner Street starting in the fall of 2010.

Instead of just coins like traditional parking meters, the new pay stations will also accept credit cards. A pay by cell phone option may be added later.

After a pay station is installed, the city says it'll give drivers a two-week grace period to get used to using them. New signs will give instructions on how to pay for parking.

City officials say the new pay stations are meant to encourage turnover at street level parking spots so more short term parkers can use them. Downtown employees and people who need to park for longer than the two-hour limit are expected to use the City's parking garages.

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