Eugene proposes raising parking meters near UO to $2 per hour, other parking fee increases

On-street parking meter rates would go up from $1.20 per hour to $1.35 in the municipal parking district and from $1.80 to $2 per hour in the campus parking district around the University of Oregon. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - The City of Eugene wants to increase how much it costs to park in metered spots, city lots and parking garages to help pay for $10 million in maintenance and improvements.

On-street parking meter rates would go up from $1.20 per hour to $1.35 in the municipal parking district and from $1.80 to $2 per hour in the campus parking district around the University of Oregon.

The rate schedule shows 10 percent to 25 percent increases in monthly rates for parking permits in various locations around the city.

Monthly on-street parking permits for campus commuters, for example, would go up from $45 to $55 for Zone 40 and from $60 to $75 in Zone D. There would be no change in residential permits near campus.

The City is also adding a $30 per month option in the Riverfront lot.

The public has through January 18 to comment.

Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to Jeff Petry, Parking Services Manager, Planning & Development Department, 99 West 1Oth Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

97401, or via e-mail to parking@ci.eugene.or.us.

The proposed changes are scheduled to take effect February 1.

"This rate adjustment will help recover costs associated with addressing $10 million of deferred maintenance in the downtown parking structures. Parking Services has started work on improvement projects, including replacing two parking garage’s stairs, LED light retrofitting throughout the garages, and a deep cleaning of each garage," the City said in a statement. "Upcoming improvement projects include the addition of a unified wayfinding system throughout parking locations, modernization of garage elevators, the installation of security cameras, recoating of garage deck surfaces and funding of additional Downtown Ambassadors to aid parking customers and create a more welcoming experience."

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