YOU MIGHT WANT TO FILL THOSE CUPHOLDERS WITH MORE
THE CITY OF SPOKANE IS TAKING 500 OLD PARKING METERS
AND PLACING THEM IN OUTLYING AREAS OF THE DOWNTOWN
MOSTLY ON THE LOWER SOUTH HILL NEAR THE HOSPITAL AND
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU.
SHE JOINS US LIVE.
WITH WHY THE CITY HAS ADDED THOSE METERS
WHERE THERE WEREN'T ANY BEFORE.
NADINE- THE CITY SAYS IT'S ALL IN AN EFFORT TO SERVE
THE COMMUNITY BETTER.
THEY BELIEVE THE METERS WILL ALLOW SPOTS TO FREE UP
MORE OFTEN - RATHER THAN ONE CAR SITTING IN A SPOT
BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES.
LAST YEAR THE CITY PURCHASED A TOTAL OF 800 NEW SMART
METERS TO PLACE AROUND THE DOWNTOWN CORE.
THE NEW METERS MEAN DRIVERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO PAY
WITH CARD OR COINS.
IT ALSO GAVE THE CITY THE OPTION TO RECYCLE 500 OF
THE OLD METERS.
BRIAN :47W4 25
As those installations occurred that's freed up some
other parking meters we're now installing in some
THE METERS WILL ROLL OUT IN PHASES.
THE FIRST PHASE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.
AREAS MOSTLY AFFECTED BY THE CHANGE WILL BE THE LOWER
BRIAN :50W5 25
The primary goal there is to create turnover with
Those are areas where we see some commercial activity,
we see people attending appointments for doctors offices,
those kind of things.
WHILE MORE METERW WILL MEAN MORE MONEY FOR THE CITY.
AND MORE OPEN PARKING FOR YOU -
MARK :17W6 25
There's a fear that's in people
MARK ANTHONY'S NOT A FAN.
HE OWNS ANTHONY PRODUCTIONS.
HE MOVED HIS BUSINESS FROM DOWNTOWN PRIMARILY BECAUSE
OF THE METERS.
MARK :52W7 25
When you get a ticket it's like oh geeze one more
things to do, more money out of my pocket
ANTHONY SAYS THE METERS WERE AN ISSUE FOR BOTH HIM,
AND HIS CLIENTS.
HE DOESN'T SEE THE BENEFIT IN ADDING MORE.
If I plugged the meter for 10 minutes but it really
took me 20 minutes to load up then I've got that worry
about am i going to get a ticket?
THE CITY SAYS ITS NOT ABOUT MAKING MONEY.
SAYING THE ADDITIONAL METERS WILL ONLY BRING IN AROUND
50 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY.
We need to strike a balance and so we do work with
business owners and residents.
Some of the installations have occurred because of
residential parking needs.
PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEAR THE METERS MAY QUALIFY TO BUY
AN ANNUAL 25 DOLLAR PARKING PASS.
FOR THE REST OF US - THE DAYS OF FREE PARKING ANYWHERE
NEAR DOWNTOWN ARE NUMBERED.
THE CITY PLANS TO LAUNCH A MOBILE APP AT THE BEGINNING
IT WILL ALLOW YOU TO FIND OPEN SPOTS AND PAY WITH
THE CITY HAS A MAP OF THE NEWEST PARKING METER BOUNDARIES.
WHICH YOU CAN FIND ONLINE AT KXLY.COM JUST CLICK ON
THE ENWSLINKS TAB.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, CAITI CURREY KXLY 4 NEWS.