Brownsville parking meters officially double in price

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POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 7:43am

Parking in downtown Brownsville can be a challenge, making it difficult for business to boom. But, a new meter increase is expected to open the area for more visitors to come downtown.

So what's the new parking meter increase?

"From 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour," said Brownsville's planning manager Ramiro Gonzalez.

Some downtown business owners believe paying a higher price to park could deter shoppers. But Brownsville city officials expect it to do exactly the opposite.

"One of the main concerns that we here from residents is, 'there's no parking downtown during shopping hours'" said Gonzalez. "So one of the ways that you look at doing that is you increase the meter rates so that there's vacancy throughout the day that would allow for people to come and shop downtown."

One of the newest changes in regards to these parking meters is that nickels have now become obsolete and quarters and dimes are the only coins accepted.

But those coins worth more may be helping the city more than you think.

"An added benefit to the increase is that there will be a revenue stream for the city that would allow us to invest that additional increment to in-downtown projects," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says these projects may include creating events to bring more people to the heart of the city.

"If there's available parking, people will come downtown and shop," said Gonzalez.


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