June 24, 2018 08:08 AM
When you plug the parking meter in parts of Minneapolis, you might notice it will take a few more quarters than it used to.
The city confirms that across-the-board rate hikes will be phased in over the next several weeks in several different areas of the city.
Tim Drew, the City of Minneapolis parking system manager, said new rates in Dinkytown and Stadium Village are already in effect. The city raised the rate from $1.25 an hour to $2 flat.
The rates will also increase as demand increases, Drew explained. The price hikes will be driven by things like sporting events or concerts, in areas close to large venues.
As Heidi Inman plugged the meter in Dinkytown on 4th Street Southeast, she said the rate hikes are a surprise.
"I think it's frustrating and infuriating," Inman said. "I think parking is high anyway and especially in this area, you've got a lot of college kids, they're students that can't afford the rates to be hiked."
Others, like Matt Ricker, also said they didn't know about the price changes.
"It kind of seems like this just got snuck in," Ricker said. "It's just charging people more money to park when you have to park."
Updated: June 24, 2018 08:08 AM
Created: June 24, 2018 12:31 AM
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