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.
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.
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.
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).
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.