June 7, 2011 |

Parking rates rise throughout the city

Parking rates at meters throughout the city have increased 25 cents an hour in most neighborhoods up to one dollar more per hour Downtown.

Rates have doubled to $1 an hour for motorists parking at on-street meters in Shadyside, South Side, the North Shore, the Strip District and parts of Oakland. Other parts of Oakland have experienced a rise from 50 cents to $1.50 while Downtown on-street meters have increased from $2 an hour to $3 per hour.

Metered on-street parking in all other city neighborhoods increased from 50 cents to 75 cents on June 1. Parking rates in the Pittsburgh Parking Authority's 36 off-street metered lots remain unchanged.

In addition, in some of the neighborhoods parking enforcement has been extended from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Previously, the hours of enforcement concluded at 6 p.m. The affected neighborhoods include: Downtown, Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, South Side, the North Shore and the Strip District.

Lengthening the enforcement period applies to nearly 4,900 of the city's approximately 6,800 on-street metered spaces noted David Onorato, the parking authority's executive director.

"The change will require us to stagger the on-duty hours of our full-time officers and supplement their work by adding part-time employees to accommodate the increased hours of coverage," Mr. Onorato said.

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