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Longer Meter Hours Proposed for Old Town and Carlyle

City Council begins discussions about City Manager’s proposal to extend parking meter hours in Old Town & Carlyle

At their Tuesday April 8, 2014 legislative meeting, City Council continued discussions on items that will impact next year’s City budget.  The Council asked questions about the City Manager’s proposal to extend parking meter hours in Old Town and Carlyle. 

Meters in both parts of the City begin operation at 8:00 AM.  The City Manager’s proposal will extend the duration of meter operation in Old Town by two hours- from the current 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 

In Carlyle, meter hours will extend from the current 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and will also operate on Saturdays.

The proposal will result in approximately $500,000 in additional revenue.

The extension proposal is based on a recommendation from the Old Town Area Parking Study Work Group, a City Manager appointed stakeholder group, which was established to discuss key findings and recommendations from the Old Town Area Parking Study and to advise staff.

The recommendation to extend hours stated:
“Extend on-street parking meter hours of operation into the evening. In the evenings, the free on-street parking is more attractive than paying for off-street parking. Extending the meter hours will improve off-street parking utilization. This modification also has the potential to reduce the attractiveness of curb parking in high demand areas for employees and business owners.”

If you are interested in providing feedback on these proposed changes, City Council will hold their monthly public hearing Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM, where the public is invited to provide input on the proposed tax rates and budget proposal.  More information about the City budget process is available on the City of Alexandria website.

You can also make your voice heard here:

·  Online - Post your comments and read what other residents have to say.

·  Email - Submit your comments and input on the FY 2015 proposed budget via email.

 

For more information about Economic Development projects and activities in Alexandria, please visit www.ALEXANDRIAideal.com.

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JamesOnThePotomac April 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM
This article actually puts real meaning into the phrase. "The COA CC is nickel dimeing us to death!"
Margaret Janowsky April 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I can't believe we are talking about this again this year! I don't think the City Manager understands that there will be a significant offset of lost business to the restaurants by extending these parking meter hours. So people come to stroll and shop but then, instead of staying for dinner, they run back to their car to leave so they don't get stuck with a $45 ticket. Brilliant!! Obviously, our new City Manager has no idea how this city actually works :-(

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