Eugene officials ask for feedback on parking fee hikes

Jeff Petry, parking manager for the city of Eugene, said funding is needed to pay for improvements like better elevators, more lighting and security cameras.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 5:00 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2019 1:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- The City of Eugene is proposing a parking rate increase that would begin Feb. 1 and fund parking investments, maintenance and community services.

Jeff Petry, parking manager for the city of Eugene, said funding is needed to pay for improvements like better elevators, more lighting and security cameras.

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KEZI 9 News spoke to area residents and found mixed reactions.

"Back in the seventies, it was free, or if you we're a resident, it was free," Eugene resident Donna Patrick said.

"I believe in it," Eugene resident Travis Holiday said. "It depends on how much their rates are, and it would be nice to know how much is actually coming in from the meters."

The city's goal is to raise $10 million to offset the cost of completed projects and supplement future renovations and improvements. So far, the city has invested $2 million for LED lighting upgrades in the garages. Crews have also deep-cleaned parking structures and replaced the stairwells at the Pearl Street Garage.

The following is a breakdown of some of the proposed fee increases:

Downtown Off-Street Monthly Parking Permits

  • Average increase of $10 per month

Downtown Hourly Off-Street

  • Change to $1.20 per hour
  • All-day rates change to $8 per day

Downtown On-Street Meters

  • Change to $1.35 per hour

Campus On-Street Meters

  • Change to $2 per hour

Click here for a list of all proposed fee changes.

City officials believe the higher fees might influence drivers to use alternative forms of transportation and will hopefully open up parking spaces for people who are willing to pay more.

The deadline to submit online feedback on the proposed changes is Jan. 18. Click here to take the online survey.

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