Inquirer: Mayor proposes parking meter rate increase

Inquirer: Mayor proposes parking meter rate increase

Jennifer Lin reports that the first phase in Mayor Nutter's plan to reduce congestion in Center City includes doubling parking meter rates to $2 per hour.  Fines for parking at an expired meter would also increase from $26 to $35. Further, the city would reduce short-term parking rates at strategically located parking garages in an effort to encourage people to park in garages instead of circling for street parking and increasing road congestion.

These changes would only take affect in Center City and University City, while rates in outlying neighborhooods would remain the same. 

The bill is currently before City Council for approval.  

Posted by Andrew Goodman.  Contact him at

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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