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Downtown Walnut Creek Parking Meter Rates Double Today

Parking meters in downtown Walnut Creek.
Parking meters in downtown Walnut Creek.
Parking meter rates in downtown Walnut Creek jumped from $1 to $2 per hour today as the city also moves to a seven-day-a-week metering system in an attempt to free up street parking downtown.

Meters will now be enforced from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Drivers previously only had to pay the meter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Sundays off. At the same time, the city is offering a free hour of parking for the first hour at city garages.

"The goal is to free up more metered parking, make more spaces available, while at the same time encouraging parking in the city garages," said Matt Huffaker, assistant to the city manager.

The garages at Broadway and at North Locust Street, next to the Lesher Center, will continue to charge 50 cents an hour after the first free hour.

The rate at the city garage at South Locust Street will increase from 50 cents per hour to $1 an hour, with the first hour free.

Drivers can also purchase a new $25 per month parking pass for city garages at www.lazparking.com.

Walnut Creek's metered parking outside of downtown will now cost $1 per hour, up from the previous rate of 50 cents per hour.

-- Bay City News
RBCruz April 08, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Free parking in Pleasant Hill, Alamo, Danville, Concord
Barbara Doherty April 09, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Free parking in Walnut Creek too, which last week there wasn't any! If you live in Walnut Creek and don't like it, please run for City Council. Yay smoke free and no more plastic bags, too!
JKI April 09, 2014 at 01:35 PM
I live in Walnut Creek, and I don't like it. The substantial projected increased revenue from parking is already a hot topic at the CC meetings, whose members had stated to the public that this parking change was not meant to increase revenue. I choose to point my efforts towards removing certain members of the City Council, who are inappropriately influenced by the mindless rah-rah-rah cheerleading of splinter special interest groups of people. See above.
mlm2013 April 09, 2014 at 05:50 PM
In the meantime - Monday - Friday, after 3 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday - park for free at BART and take the FREE shuttle to downtown - Even Cindy Silva was worried last night about the removal of some 900 parking spaces behind Macy's and the parking rates & hours changing - that tax revenue is going to go to other cities. But she has that library, with parking - those parking spaces cost approx $50K to build - just imagine how much money the city would have if they had used the old Andronico's store as the library and just paid rent. Glad I'm in unicorporated.
Barbara Doherty April 09, 2014 at 07:37 PM
I want to add that I learned first hand today that just a very few employees at two businesses on Locust received a $25 monthly parking pass in the recent lottery held. I heard many, many employees downtown were turned away. Let's keep an open mind and know the City Council can make a change if it turns out awful. Let's focus on slowing down the cars that do drive through here.

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