With all of the construction in Downtown Boise, parking's already a challenge! There's some major changes kick in on Thursday that you'll want to be aware of so that you don't get a ticket.

As someone who can't parallel park to save her life, the changes that the City of Boise approved in December won't rock my world.  I almost always choose to park in the Capitol Terrace garage when I'm downtown to spare myself the embarrassment of people watching me fail at parking. But if you're someone that depends on street parking, here's what you need to know.

Starting Thursday, the fee for parking in Zone 1 (most of this zone is between Myrtle and Bannock from Capitol to part of 10th Street) will rise to $2 for the first hour/$3 for the second. You're only allowed to park there for two hours.  In Zone 2 (a ring around Zone 1 that's about a block on all sides) will rise to $1.25 for the first hour/$2 for the second and a maximum park time of two hours.  They'll also be enforcing the meters two hours longer.  You can still get a ticket until 8 p.m.

If you throw a couple extra quarters in your center console, you'll be good to go on weekdays.  What's most likely to bite you is the fact that Saturday parking is no longer free.  Starting Saturday, February 3, you'll have to pay 50 cents an hour from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for parking in a metered spot in Zones 1 or 2.

Not sure where these Zones are? Click here to view the map!


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