April 16, 2019 06:27 PM
Some major changes are now in effect for those who live, work or just visit downtown Minneapolis.
The changes revolve around parking.
Parking meters are a common sight on just about every street throughout downtown.
Effective now, many of them will cost more money than before.
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"This is a very big change. The downtown core is going from $2 to $3 per hour," said Tim Drew, Parking System Manager for the City of Minneapolis.
Drew says rates for meters in the downtown core haven't changed in 20 years.
"Downtown core is always very hard to find a meter, so one of the things you do to create more open space is you raise the price," he said.
Drivers won't see anything different on the meters themselves but will want to keep an eye out for the maximum parking times as those too are changing, many becoming two-hour maximum spots.
"We don't want folks to be parking on the street for eight and 10 hours. Two-hour limit produces turnaround so people can enjoy the park or find places to go out to eat," Drew said.
Kyle Wewetzer lives in downtown Minneapolis, where he's coming and going frequently for work and grad school.
"I think its something everyone is going to have to adjust to," he said.
He says the changes will especially impact his friends and family that come to visit.
"Now they're going to have to park only for two hours and pay for parking on the weekends," he said.
The city will have a few days of leniency. True enforcement on the large area that stretches from Hennepin Avenue to U.S. Bank Stadium, and the river to the freeway, will likely begin next week.
The city says the changes could bring in between $200,000 to $500,000 annually.
The Uptown area of Minneapolis could see changes to its meters within the next year as well.
To see an interactive Minneapolis parking meter map, click here.
Updated: April 16, 2019 06:27 PM
Created: April 16, 2019 03:16 PM
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