Cost Of Parking In Pittsburgh Could Go Up Again

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Could the cost of parking at a Pittsburgh parking meter go up even higher?

If the Parking Authority has its way, the answer is yes. If City Council has its way, the answer is no.

If you park at a meter, you may still be getting use to the fact that the cost of parking went up on June 1.

Now you have to carry lots of quarters if you want to park in certain areas.

Maybe you want to use a credit card, but for that convenience the Parking Authority said it will cost you more.

“Sounds like Catch 22. Raise the rates, now we need new meters to take those new rates so raise the rates again,” Kevin Dumas said.

Could that be it in a nutshell?

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority has to raise the hourly rates at some meters on the South Side, Oakland, and parts of downtown to help raise revenue to pay for new meters that will take credit cards and create new multi-space meters.

“I share residents’ frustrations that the meters weren’t introduced before the rates went up. That was not the intention of the plan. The intention was that the multi-space meters would be available before the rates went up,” City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said.

Several City Council members said they put forth an idea late last year that was rejected. It would have resolved some of the city’s parking woes and would have addressed the city’s under-budgeted pension account too.

Since the plan was never approved, the whole situation has become political.

“This thing should have begun in January and they sat on their hands. They used it for political purposes to attack members of Council during a primary,” City Councilman Doug Shields said.

The proposal would raise hourly rates to $2 at a meter on the South Side, Oakland, downtown and Shadyside. There was little support in City Council Tuesday.

City Council members said they haven’t met with the Mayor’s Office to talk about where they and the Parking Authority go from here.


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  • FedUp

    So, they need to raise the rates to help pay for the new meters? Ok, so when the meters are fully paid for the rates will drop back, right? Oh, that’s right, the new meters will require higher maintenance costs so the new rates would need to remain in place. But maybe the maintenance costs will not be as high as anticipated so the difference will be reflected in lower rates? Oh, that’s right, they’ll need to build up a meter fund for additional new meters to be purchased in the future. Be honest, it’s just another revenue grab and yet another good reason to stay out of the city!

  • Anonymous

    great idea town is dying now no business….raise the parking rate…shur death…mindless dumb politicians with no creative ideas…

  • ALSO A

    All those politicians are IDIOTS and I mean ALL OF THEM.
    Maybe I should run for office and do their job for them lazy S.O.B.’S

  • yinzer

    and they wonder why nobody wants to go Dahntahn…

  • DoggDoo

    I lost my toothbrush. Please help me.

    • Scatcat

      Check on the floor between the sink and the tub.

  • Anonymous

    The city of pittsburgh is pathetic. If the politicians would stop stealing our money we would have a surplus of money. Maybe the city can pay my pension too!
    If i didnt have to work in Pittsburgh, i wouldnt even think of going into the city.
    Politicians are destroying the entire city. Whoever said this is this most livable city has’n’t lived here. Im glad I won’t be in the city much longer, my area is a SECTION 8 piece of s–t. It was once a nice area when people cared for their houses. Brighton Heights

  • fedup

    I can’t understand why the people in the city don’t seem to be as upset as the rest of us. Do they not realize this parking money DOES NOT benifit them unless, they work for the city of Pittsburgh. This is all about the CITY WORKERS KEEPING THEIR PENSION. This is NOT money for your roads, this is NOT money for your garbage pickup, police on duty, fireman on duty, paramedics on duty or any other services you receive from the city. It IS TO PAY FOR THEM WHEN THEY GET OLD. They should have not made soo many deals for their office and dipped into peter to pay paul. I say “let the state take over.” Maybe, there are only city workers left in the city and that’s why no one cares.

  • Level Green

    If people need any more convincing that their elected officials are idiots they need look no further than this story.

    Why the citizens of Pittsburgh just reelected this same group of clowns I will never know. All I have to say is you people deserve everything you get and thank goodness I don’t live in Pittsburgh

  • City Worker

    Dont gang up on CIty Workers. I am a young city worker who will get no benefits out of raising the meters. I will never see this money in my pension if i even recieve a pension in 30+ years. I also work in town and struggle to park just like the rest of you folks. Its ridiculous but its a lost cause to fight about it.

  • expittsburgh

    I’m reminded daily of why I moved out of Allegheny county.

  • kristy

    this just made my decision to NEVER step foot in pittsburgh again. i’ll be spending my income in the suburban restaurants and shopping malls. pittsburgh’s dead – a ghost town – and i feel sorry for the theaters and restaurants that are there. it’s just a matter of time before they go under. i’ll NEVER patronize any downtown businesses again.

  • fedup

    City worker, not trying to gang up on you. But, here’s a thought…why don’t you and the rest of goverment offices pay for your own pension? Like us pee-ons, you want to not cry about paying for our own and yours too?

  • Bob

    To whoever moderates these comments: you won’t post any mine no matter how many times I’ve submitted them yet you allow blatant racists such as swillie and UNCLE CRACKKKER to post their BS. I am filing a formal complaint with CBS, this is absolutely ridiculous.

  • City Worker

    by the time im ready to retire there will be no im paying into others’ pensions and not my own!

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