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Metered parking hours extended, rates increased in downtown Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Shoppers in downtown Colorado Springs will pay more to park starting Thursday, January 2nd.

Metered parking is going to a new tiered system where parking will range anywhere between $.75 to $1.25 per hour based on proximity to the downtown city center.

Parking in one of the garages is $1.00 per hour with a daily maximum of $9.

The hours of paid metered parking are also extending. Parking used to be free after 6 p.m., but now meters will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Scott Lee, Colorado Springs' Parking Enterprise Director, says this hike in prices has been a long time coming.

"The city hasn’t increased its parking rates in 14 years, so we’re quite a bit behind on it," said Lee. "We have a lot of maintenance on our meters and our structures that we do need to fund."

Lee says the increase will go also go toward a new mobile payment app, which will allow users to pay for parking from their phones and receive notifications when their time is about to expire.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Mia Villanueva

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  1. Come to Colorado Springs where you’ll pay more for parking to be harassed by the homeless or possibly caught up in a bar fight in one of the dozens of drinking establishments on Tejon. Go visit the Olympic Committee where Colorado Springs has paid millions to keep them here. And don’t forget about catching a Switchback’s game where it is always two for one. Two windows, instead of one, will get smashed whem criminals steal your belonging from within your locked car. Downtown Colorado Springs: So much to offer and now at a higher price.

  2. Want more taxes??????LEGALIZE REC WEED IN COLORADO SPRINGS!!!!! quit raising prices for parking other such non-sense!!!! our city council is full of igits!!! we really NEED to replace them with people that want our city to grow!!

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