Parking meter rates go up and enforced longer hours

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Increase announced in December

The following news release was sent by the City of Phoenix:

PHOENIX - On Jan. 20 the city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department will begin phasing in new rates for all metered parking in the city.

The phasing is scheduled to be complete by March 16.Under the rate increase approved by City Council in December, the city's 2,600 meters will be recalibrated with hourly rates increasing to $1.50 from 60 cents per hour and enforcement changes to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The increase is the first since 1992 when motorists paid 40 cents an hour.