PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The price of parking is going up in the City of Pittsburgh.

You can forget about free street parking in parts of the city after 6 p.m. too.

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KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan first reported about the parking rate increase last week, but Wednesday the City Council approved the changes.

They are part of a package of tax, rate and fee hikes proposed by Mayor Bill Peduto.

Metered parking will go up $1 an hour Downtown and in Oakland and 50 cents an hour on the North Shore, as well as in retail districts like Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and the Strip District.

Also, enforcement hours will be expanded to 10 p.m. Downtown and on the South Side.

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The changes could go into effect by as early as February.

The city is also looking to add brand new meters to places like the Strip District and in Lawrenceville. Business owners like Michael Rado of Butcher on Butler wonder what the impact will be.

“I’d say that over half our guests are in here for five minutes or less and then come and grab what they need and go on. So, I really hope that doesn’t discourage them having to find a meter, pay the meter.  That whole shooting match,” Rado said.

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