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Phoenix To Discuss Parking Meter Changes With ASU

When the Phoenix City Council debated raising downtown parking meter fees and hours Wednesday, several Arizona State University students spoke against it. So, the city is now planning to work with the school before the changes go into effect.

By August, downtown parking meter times will increase to 10 p.m. every day. By the fall, fees will swing from 50 cents to $4 an hour. The City of Phoenix held several open meetings regarding this and met with downtown organizations, but never spoke with ASU or its students specifically. City spokesman Ray Dovalina said the city has scheduled to meet with representatives from the school next week.

"We understand. I mean, there’s some impacts to the students," Dovalina said. "But we also want to be sensitive, not only on their impacts, but also how the other impacts are within the downtown area and trying to better manage the parking in the downtown area."

Dovalina said the meter changes will both raise money for city services and create more turnover at parking spaces downtown. He said the city is now working to replace old meters with new, digitals models. New meters will be added to currently free parking areas over the next two years.

Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.