Boise considering parking fee change in downtown

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 00:24:39-05

A new proposal could mean a rise and a drop in parking prices in different sections of downtown Boise.  It’s all part of what the city says is an effort to bring more businesses and vibrancy to the heart of the City of Trees.

The proposal would split the city into three zones.  Some of those zones could see prices of up to $2.50 an hour while others would actually see a decrease in price.  It’s a demand-based model meaning the higher the demand, the higher the price for parking.

Zone One in the core of downtown from 6th to 10th St. and Bannock to Myrtle would see the highest rates of $1.50 for the first hour and $2.50 for the second.

Zone Two, or the block surrounding Zone One, would run $1.25 for the first and second hour.

All other metered spots will actually drop in price to $.50 for the first hour and $1 for the second.

The idea behind the changes is to create more turnover at metered locations and more long-term parking in garages.

The new prices would be the first increase in parking rates in Boise since 2000.