Meter Rates Double Today (Still Inexpensive)

Metered parking rates to double

Hour to cost 50 cents; fine is $10

Dan Stockman | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne – The cost to park at a meter downtown will double starting Monday.

In a move praised by downtown advocates, using a parking meter will now cost 50 cents an hour. And going over your time will also be more costly – the fine for meter violations will increase from $5 to $10. The fine goes up to $20 if the ticket is not paid within 30 days.

Officials said both increases were vital because it costs only about $7 to park all day in a lot or parking garage, while feeding a meter every two hours – though technically illegal – would cost only $2 for eight hours. Even worse, you could put no money in the meter, park all day and pay only a $5 ticket.

That situation fills on-street parking with employees of downtown businesses, officials say, leaving no on-street parking for customers. In backing the move, the Downtown Improvement District called it critical for the economic health of shops and restaurants.

Meters are free before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m. and all weekend.

Both the rate and fine increases have been approved in recent months, but officials weren’t sure when they would be able to change over the meters. The nearly 700 parking meters will be reprogrammed this weekend.

At 50 cents an hour, Fort Wayne’s parking rate remains lower than those of similar-sized cities, such as Toledo, Cleveland, Grand Rapids and Lansing. Most charge 75 cents to $1 an hour for downtown parking, officials said.

Also, fines for parking in loading zones or in zones where parking is banned during certain hours will increase from $10 to $20, with the fine increasing to $40 after 30 days.

The fine for parking in a fire lane, in a handicapped space or having an operable vehicle parked in a yard will increase from $50 to $100, with the fine increasing to $150 after 30 days.

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