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Parking rates to increase in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The quarter you put in a Burlington parking meter may not buy you quite as many minutes this fall. Starting in October, the city will raise rates on parking meters located around Church Street in an eight-block downtown corridor.

The city will also add credit card swipes at 300 parking meters, or customers will have a pay by phone option. While rates at the Marketplace garage will go up, prices at other city garages will stay the same.

The city hopes to raise $400,000 from the price raises, but says months of research will give drivers more options.

"You can either be convenience motivated or price motivated, and for people who are convenience motivated, we want to open up some of the spaces in the core," said Chapin Spencer the director of Public Works. "If they're willing to pay a little extra, they can find a prime spot on the street where they're looking for. If someone is price motivated, there will be a space a couple blocks away where they could walk and be paying the same price that people are paying today."

After six months the city will re-evaluate its parking policies to see if the changes met two goals: The first is to improve the customer parking experience, and secondly, to "ensure a sustainable parking system."

Putting a quarter in a parking meter currently buys 15 minutes, but that number will come down to 10.

Only rates at Marketplace garages will go up; rates at other garages will stay the same.

The city is partnering with the Burlington Business Association to help alleviate parking congestion and give customers more pricing and location options.

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