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Rates Could Hit Up to $6 an Hour

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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 3:30 pm

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES— Parking has long been a vexing issue in Downtown Los Angeles. This week, it’s becoming easier to find a space, though how much that space will cost will depend on how many drivers are looking for a place to park. 

City officials this morning gathered in front of a parking meter on Flower Street in South Park to announce the launch of LA Express Park, a one-year, $18.5 million Department of Transportation pilot program that implements varying rates depending on demand for about 6,000 Downtown street metered spaces.

Under the program, rates in Downtown could fluctuate from 50 cents to as much as $6 an hour depending on how many cars are looking for a spot, said Peter Ghent, a senior management analyst for the LADOT and the project manager. Before today the highest rate at Downtown meters was $4 per hour.

 “This is a market-based solution to the city’s parking woes,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said during the event.

The project was funded by $15 million from the Federal Highway Administration and $3.5 million from the city. The program area covers a 4.5-square-mile area roughly bounded by Adams Boulevard, the 110 freeway, Alameda Street and College Street in Chinatown.

Ghent said no revenue increase is expected from the project, since rates will fluctuate up and down.

The program aims to reduce the time people spend looking for parking while increasing the number of available meters per block up to 30% by encouraging drivers to make trips during off-peak hours, LADOT officials said.

Smartphone users can see where empty meters are in Downtown and the current parking rate. They can  then pay for time using their cell phones. Paying for parking by cellphone must be once the car is parked; otherwise motorists could get a ticket, LADOT officials said.

Those without a smartphone can use the service via a computer or keep an eye out for electronic LADOT signs like one on Flower Street.

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  • aferim radu posted at 12:23 am on Tue, Feb 24, 2015.

    aferim Posts: 7

    The parking problem is a problem that many people are facing these days because each citizen tends to buy more than a car, especially if his yearly income is quite big. If you are visiting a new town or if you are going in a vacation overseas, you can use the ndoor RV storage in order to keep your car safe while you are out of town. You can also rent your parking space while you are gone.

  • Claudia Sanders posted at 10:13 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2015.

    crazysony Posts: 20

    If you are travelling to L.A. then you should think in letting your car at home as parking there may be a very interesting adventure. There are a lot of cars and very few parking spots. Moreover if you are planning to take your car then you should think in installing one of those parking sensors from as they are very useful.

  • Tom Wilton posted at 3:09 am on Fri, Feb 20, 2015.

    Tom Wilton Posts: 3

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  • Jordan Michael posted at 1:49 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2015.

    Jordan Michael Posts: 7

    A new parking meter system is a very good idea, especially in cities with a lot of traffic. Here, private drivers meet bicyclists, pedestrians and even drivers from chauffeured transportation Edison Morristown services. In such a crowded place, there's a clear need for a system to create more parking opportunities, so let's hope the new meter system will do the trick.

  • Leonard Wyatt posted at 12:28 pm on Sun, Feb 8, 2015.

    Scott Cotton Posts: 17

    It is totally understandable that peope like cars, buy cars and use cars. We're more efficient this way, when we don't need to wait for that family member who drives the car to give us a lift. Many of us even develop a passion for cars. How many times didn't we dream of the day when we'll get rich and afford to buy a classic or antique car like the ones offered by The parking issue is never going to stop us from loving to drive our car or buy a new one. So we will eventually find a solution for this as well, there's no doubt about it.

  • Leonard Wyatt posted at 9:09 am on Wed, Feb 4, 2015.

    Scott Cotton Posts: 17

    This program will make things so easy especially for the drivers that have a hard time finding a parking place. Of course, parking golf carts like the ones you can see here shouldn't be a problem but because not everyone drives such a small car, the parking place has become a big problem. This pilot program seems like a great idea of solving this matter.

  • Leonard Wyatt posted at 9:31 am on Tue, Jan 20, 2015.

    Scott Cotton Posts: 17

    The parking meter system is a great improvement for any city, something that all drivers will definitely appreciate. In addition to making the parking process a lot easier, this system will also prevent a lot of possible accidents, resulting from faulty parking. It will be like a helping hand for companies like Florida Insurance Group, that previously were the only way to prevent the consequences of this kind of incidents. Any driver knows that dicipline is very important in traffic, so the parking meter should start being used in as many places as possible.

  • Richard Perez posted at 11:56 am on Sat, Jan 17, 2015.

    Nicholas Pratt Posts: 4

    The parking meter systems are something quite useful these days because there are so many cars in traffic compared to a few decades ago. Everybody owns at least one car and you can't really find a parking space all the time. It is frustrating the fact that you have to pay depending on how much you are staying in a certain place and this is forcing you to make plans but if you visit towing in Alexandria VA you can read more about the towing business.

  • varlaam poil posted at 3:54 am on Tue, Dec 30, 2014.

    varlaam Posts: 11

    If you check out the Maryland state inspection you will see that cars are modified now to fit these society rules. The parking meters were invented because there are too many cars on the streets nowadays. It is very hard to be a pedestrian or a tourist in some big cities because there is a huge population and there are also people who own more than just one car and the parking spaces are really small.

  • alossix posted at 2:55 pm on Tue, May 22, 2012.

    alossix Posts: 48

    The unanswered question is whether those with handicap placards can continue to park all day for free, like is done on every Downtown street all day. All you have to do is walk down the street and see it for yourself.

    If so, then all this does is yet again raise rates on everyone else. It won't be a true "market-based solution" if 9 out of 10 parking spots are taken up by a handicap placard. That means the remaining spot will be at the $6.00/hour rate while everyone else isn't paying a dime.

    This wouldn't be as much of a problem if placard abuse wasn't as rampant as it is in LA and CA. See Steve Lopez's columns on the subject. Yet this is sold to us as a wonderful market-based solution. Wow.

  • janet martin posted at 4:09 pm on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    janetm12 Posts: 1 is working with LA Express Park to supply off street parking information. Check out the data here: