From WRAL: New Raleigh parking meters ra…

From WRAL: New Raleigh parking meters rates go into effect Monday:

The city will implement new on-street parking meter rates, beginning Monday.

The new rates are designed to discourage long-term parking in on-street spaces so there is more turnover, which was one of the objectives of the Downtown Master Parking Plan the City Council approved in January.

Okay, so you want to discourage long-term parking, so you make it more expensive per minute than short-term parking, right? Make them pay more to park for an hour than for four 15-minute increments? Something like exponential scaling in pricing?

Beginning Monday, the new meter rates for on-street parking will be as follows:

• 25 cents for 15 minutes (the minimum amount required to activate the meters)
• 50 cents for 30 minutes
• $1 for one hour
• $2 for two hours

So, $.25/15 minutes for whatever length of time you want. Linear scaling. Whoops.

So since it utterly fails to do what they say its for, why would they want to jack up prices? It’s like they’re short on money or something.