Washington DC the latest to hike fees for parking meters

Roz Plater of Fox 5 News reports that DC drivers will be socked with hefty increases in parking fees:

No more free parking on Saturdays…some meters will spike to two dollars an hour…and you’ll have to feed them until ten at night.

The changes will mainly affect eight so-called premium demand zones…like Adams Morgan, Georgetown and the National Mall. The rest of the city’s meters would stay at the 75 cents an hour rate.

Related: “Chicago drivers will pay more to park”


Chicago drivers will pay more to park

WLS-TV in Chicago reports that the cost of parking on the streets of Chicago is going to increase in 2010:

In the span of just one year, the price to park at a downtown meter will have gone up more than 41 percent…

Beginning January 4th, rates at meters in the Loop will go up 75 cents, to $4.25 for an hour.

If you’re outside the Loop but park between North Avenue, Halsted and Roosevelt Road, you’ll pay an extra 50 cents, bringing the hourly price to park to $2.50.

Rates throughout the rest of the city will increase a quarter.

The Mayor and City Council agreed to the annual rate hikes when they signed over control of the parking meters to a private firm in exchange for just under $1.2 billion in upfront cash.

LAX hikes parking fees at economy lots

From the Los Angeles Times:

Travelers who use the economy parking lots at Los Angeles International Airport will pay $2 more per day starting Nov.19. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the increase Monday for parking lots B and C, whose rates were last raised in 2002. When the increase goes into effect it will cost $10 a day to park in Lot B on 111th Street and $12 a day in  Lot C off Sepulveda Boulevard.

Related: Higher parking fees at Orlando theme parks.

Higher parking fees at Orlando theme parks

Just one week after Disney did it, Universal Orlando is raising prices for parking.

Universal is now charging $14 to park in the Universal garage, up $2 (a 17 percent increase).

Disney raised its parking prices to $14, also up $2.

Universal Orlando Parking Lot

On a related note: Many cash-strapped cities and airports have been raising parking fees (see, e.g., here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). A few cities have begun leasing out their meters to private companies (see here and here), which presumably will result in higher parking costs for consumers.