NEW ORLEANS – You’ll have to pay to park in metered spots on Saturdays and for longer hours and you’ll also have to pay a little more to use the meters when the city’s new parking meter policy takes effect at the end of this month.
Robert Mendoza, the city’s director of public works will present the plan that has already been approved as part of the 2010 budget, at a city council committee meeting Wednesday.
The changes include having parking meter hours extended from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. There will also be an increase in meter fees from $1.25 per hour to $1.50 per hour for the regular two-hour meters and from $.75 per hour to $1.00 per hour for the long term meters.
"We're implementing the changes presented and approved as a part of the 2010 budget process," said Mendoza. "Over the next few weeks, citizens will receive additional notifications about all of these changes to ensure a smooth transition from the current parking enforcement hours to the hours that will be implemented later this month."
Signage and changes to parking meters will start on Monday, March 6 and will take approximately two weeks to complete. The City will begin issuing warning citations on Monday, March 18, with full enforcement to begin on March 27.