Long in the planning, on Wednesday, June 1 the city of Boise will launch its "multi-year, strategic parking vision." The plan calls for a tiered system of on-street parking.
Simply put, the closer to the downtown core you park, the higher the meter fare. For example, in a T-shaped zone that includes Boise City Hall, much of BoDo, and the area in and around Eighth Street downtown, the first hour would cost $1.50 and the second hour would cost another $2.50. Prices drop precipitously the farther away one parks from the Boise downtown core. City officials call it "right pricing."
"By right pricing our on-street parking, we hope to create better customer access to local businesses in our downtown core, while still providing solutions to those who need longer-term parking," said Craig Croner, senior administrative services manager for the city of Boise.
As part of the city's first phase, Boise will also be increasing the time limit on 81 percent of its 1,3000 metered parking spaces. All meters will continue to offer the first 20 minutes at no charge and will be capped at two hours. Meanwhile, the Capital City Development Corporation, which owns six parking structures in the downtown core, will continue to provide the first hour of garage parking at no charge.
City officials are also promoting their recently released Parkmobile app, allowing people to pay and track their on-street meter parking on a smartphone.
Boise officials say after a 60- to 90-day trail period, they'll incorporate "system user and stakeholder feedback" and track parking use patterns for future adjustments.
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- A modern, integrated public parking system for downtown Boise will be inaugurated on June 1.