As if it wasn't hard enough to find street parking in Downtown Boise, now the City of Boise is considering getting rid of one of its free parking options.

As someone who can't parallel park to save her life, the changes that the City of Boise is considering to their parking rules won't rock my world.  I almost always choose to park in the Capitol Terrace garage when I'm downtown to avoid embarrassing myself if people are watching me park.  But if you routinely find yourself in Downtown Boise for an after work cocktail or weekend dinner, I'd fully expect you to be angry if these changes go into affect.

City Council is considering extending the hours parking meters are enforced.  It's a well known fact that most of the on-street parking meters are only enforced until 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday.  At their December meeting, they're considering extending weekday enforcement hours until 8 p.m.  They also want to do away with FREE Saturday parking, by enforcing meters from 8-5 p.m. at spots in what's considered Zones 1 and 2 on Saturdays.

They also want to increase rates in those zones by 25 to 75 cents, depending on the length of your stay.

Prone to parking tickets? Expect those to get more expensive too.  Under these new guidelines, expired meter violations will rise to $20, time zone violations will rise to $18 and accessible violations will raise to $150.

City Council will discuss the changes at their December meeting and if they're approved, they'll go into effect on February 1, 2018.  UGH!

With all the construction in Downtown Boise, parking's already hard enough and this makes it that much more annoying.  Even the garages have been "temporarily full" more often than not when I head downtown to meet up for dinner or drinks with someone.

Check out more on the proposed changes HERE.

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