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Drivers Sound Off on Plan to Hike Meter Rate

The D.C. Council will be considering Jim Graham's legislation tomorrow to raise the rate on parking meters. The idea gets a cold reception from residents who street park regularly.

By Mike McPhate  |  December 15, 2008; 11:43 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , transportation  
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Raising the fee for meter use is bothersome to our pockets, but its necessity (if the revenue is put toward "worthwhile" causes such as creating meter uniformity for the city) is understandable. Unfortunately, will we simply be paying more for the same ineffective apparatus? Coin-fed meters need to be a thing of the past. Meters that print an individual ticket are much more effecient as is evidenced by the areas of our city that currently utilize them. Even if those meters experience technical difficulties from time to time, it's worth it to invest in something that prints out proof that you've paid properly. One still has the option of going to another, working booth for a printout rather than take a chance and park at a single broken meter.

Posted by: 1herndon | December 15, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

boo effin hoo. do some research about what happens when rates go up. parking opens up (which will be good for the people on your video who are whining that there is not enough parking on the street).

fix the meters, yes. but that's something that should be fixed by getting a contractor that actually does a good job (which the current contractor must not be doing).

Posted by: IMGoph | December 15, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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