Parking downtown could start costing on weekends

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise's Parking Services is proposing adding more time to when meters are enforced downtown.

Right now, during the evening and on weekends, people can stay in a metered spot as long as they want without getting a ticket. But some business owners say that costs them business. That's because when spots in front of stores and restaurants stay full all day, business owners say their patrons are discouraged from coming in because they can't find parking nearby.

So Parking Services is looking to extend the times meters are enforced on weekdays. They would be enforced from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. That's two hours later than they're enforced right now. And on Saturdays, they'd be enforced from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well.

Upping the cost of parking on the streets is also on the agenda. Meters would cost $1.50 for the first hour and $3.00 for the second hour.

City leaders say this is part of a push to get people parking in garages and flat lots instead of on the streets in front of businesses.

If the proposal is approved, the city will do a pilot test. That means they'll start enforcing meters during the new hours in a small area of downtown to see how it works before it goes citywide.