PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Get ready to pay more to park in Downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, Shadyside and on the North Shore.
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s first rate increase in 10 years goes into effect on Friday morning and it will mean some substantial increases in the daily parking rate.
Parking Authority Executive Director David Onorato says the increases will bring the authority closer to “market rates,” but “we’ll still be under the market rate by 23 percent to 30 percent after the rate increase.”
The Parking Authority is in need of the money for operations and repairs and is also trying to get daily commuters to move to the fringes of the Golden Triangle.
That will leave more parking in the downtown core for people coming to do business or shop in the city.
As an example, Onorato says the city’s most in demand garage – Mellon Square – will see it’s all-day rate climb from $13.75 to $18.
That should make the First Avenue Garage more attractive at its new rate of $11. It’s currently $8.75.
There is no consistency to the amount of the increases as they were based on each garage or lot’s location and competition.
If you would like to find the new rate for where you park use this link: http://www.pittsburghparking.com/facilities, and then click on the particular facility you want to check.
Meanwhile, commuters who currently use the “stadium lots” on the North Shore will also be paying more starting Friday.
The increase of generally a dollar a day was approved by the authorities who own the lots.