Proposal in Process for New Downtown Boise Parking Fee Structure 

click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes

In the wake of the City of Boise replacing downtown parking meters with "smart meters" and launching a smartphone app to pay fees and track meter usage, city officials are now looking at tweaking the price of parking through "demand based parking fees." A proposal from the City Clerk's office suggests higher fares for desirable street parking spaces.

The pricing structure, which is still in the proposal stage, would divide downtown Boise into parking zones: the "Core Zone" is a T-shaped area with Boise City Hall at its center, bordered by Myrtle Street, State Street, Sixth Street and 10th Street. The proposal for the Core Zone would see higher fees for longer metered parking (as much as $4 for up to 2 hours) and lower fees for parking longer in downtown garages ($2.50 for 2 hours). 

The Boise City Council is expected to discuss the proposal in a workshop session on Tuesday, Jan.12, and then to present a formal proposal for citizens to weigh in on during a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan.19.

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