The city has increased parking meter rates near the University of St. Thomas and the Target complex.
The city doubled the rates for 75 meters located on 11th Street South and the north side of 12th Street between Nicollet Mall and Harmon Place. They went from 75 cents an hour to $1.50 an hour, said Mike Sachi, who oversees parking for the Public Works Department.
The 22 meters on the south side of 12th street increased from 50 cents per hour to $1 an hour, he said.
The change wasn't about raising revenue, Sachi said. It was about trying to create more available on street space in those areas, which face increasing parking demand from St. Thomas and Target's complex."
The area was an island of low priced meters, he said. The change brought them in line with other meters in the area.
Sachi said the city is constantly reviewing meter rates and is currently looking at the rates along Nicollet Avenue south of Grant Avenue.
The city will change prices based on parking activity level and quarterly audits, he said.
"We get calls from businesses," he said. "The meter monitors will tell us, 'This area is constantly jammed up. There are no meters available.'"
Sachi said some people have complained about having to carry more quarters. He encouraged people to buy parking cards, which allow people to load money into the meters electronically.
For information on parking cards, call 673-AUTO (673-2886) or go to parking.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/parking_card.htm