Burlington Parking Rates to Rise

Published 07/16 2014 11:34PM

Updated 07/16 2014 11:48PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - You soon could pay more to park in Burlington.

That's because the city is raising some of its parking rates.

Starting in October, you'll pay more to park closer to Church Street, whether on the street or in a garage. But busineses hope the option of paying with a credit card makes the increase easier to take.

In October, 300 smart meters will be installed allowing you to pay with a credit card for street parking.

"We are in support of this change," says Kelly Devine, executive director of the Burlington Business Association.

Devine represents hundreds of businesses and says they're even okay with the hourly rate going from one buck to one-fifty in a newly created downtown core.

"Parking is the number one complaint businesses have. The number one complaint businesses get about parking is people don't have any change. So, I feel like it's a very, very good position to move forward asking for some more money at the meter but also offering people the opportunity to pay by credit card," says Devine.

The rates at some garages would also go up.

In total, the changes are expected to raise nearly a half-million dollars in just nine-months.

Burlington City Councilor Max Tracy says the money will help the money woes of the traffic division and help make needed repairs to parking garages.

"Nobody likes to raise rates. It's never a fun thing to do. But I think in this case it is absolutely warranted," says Tracy.

The new smart meters in the downtown core will be enforced from 8am until 10pm.

The rest of Burlington's meters won't have a change in hours or rates.

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