BLOOMINGTON – Downtown Bloomington could have hundreds more parking meters by this fall under a plan approved by the City Council this week.
The plan was revised in response to opposition from business owners worried that the meters would hurt their businesses. The plan also includes more free parking spaces and lower parking garage rates in the college town.
Mayor Mark Kruzan originally proposed installing 1,200 parking meters along downtown streets at a rate of $1 an hour, with 179 free spaces. The proposal approved by the council raised the number of free spaces to a minimum of 400. That includes three free parking lots and two city garages. Currently, the city has only a few meters downtown, city spokesman Adam Wason said Friday.
The Herald-Times reports the city will recoup some of the reduced potential revenue by creating an escalating system for parking fines. And after the first three hours in some of the free parking slots, drivers will be charged 25 cents per 30 minutes.
The message is not revenue, it’s behavior, Kruzan said.
Kruzan said the city was on track to install the meters by Indiana University’s fall semester.