Charlottesville Approves Downtown Parking Meter Program
Charlottesville City Council is putting a pilot program in place that will add parking meters around the Downtown Mall.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Council is putting a pilot program in place that will add parking meters around the Downtown Mall.
During a late-night meeting Wednesday, July 5, councilors approved setting a rate for the meters of $1.80 per hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The parking meter equipment will cost about $50,000 and is expected to be installed by early September. The meters will accept coins or credit cards, but not cash.
Additionally, the parking rate at the Market Street Parking Garage is dropping from $2.50 per hour to $1.50 per hour with the first hour free. The city is also offering a free Park and Ride Lot on Avon Street. It can be accessed using the Number 2 bus route with a stop located right in front of the lot.
Councilors agreed to create a parking advisory panel which would be made up of seven members representing business owners, employees, and residents near the downtown area.
Council also heard recommendations on updates to city code, including the ability for people to make payments with credit cards or by phone.
After six months, the Charlottesville City Council will decide whether or not the parking meter pilot program was successful.