Using Rochester parking meters costs more
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – Parking at metering sites in Rochester for the next week will cost more.
And some of the increases will be noticeable.
The higher hourly rates for city meters will take effect on Tuesday, a year later than originally planned. They were put on hold last year because of the pandemic.
Here are the changes:
- 10-hour counters change from $ 0.40 to $ 0.50 per hour
- 3-hour counters change from $ 1.20 to $ 1.50 per hour
- 2-hour counters increase from $ 1.40 to $ 2.50 per hour
- 90 minute meters increase from $ 1.20 to $ 2 per hour
- 30-minute meters increase from $ 1.40 to $ 1.50 per hour.
The city says it will take about a month to reprogram their 1200 meters to reflect the changes.
The city’s mobile payment service, ParkMobile, expands the convenient contactless ways customers can pay for parking meter parking, including Google Pay and a new web app.
To pay a parking fee with Google, a user can either open the Google Pay app directly or tap the “Pay parking fee” button in the driving navigation in Google Maps. In the Google Pay app, the user enters the parking zone number, adds time and ends the payment with a credit or debit card saved in their Google Pay account.
In addition, a new web app for mobile devices allows users to pay for parking meters without installing the full-featured mobile app. The web app can be quickly accessed by sending “PARK” to 77223 or by scanning a QR code. This method also allows guests to make purchases, which means that it is no longer necessary to register an account to pay for parking.
ParkMobile’s new contactless payment features are currently available, but may require updating Google Maps and Google Pay on your mobile device.
The city says its park program “Supports the city’s core businesses by providing adequate parking to meet both long-term and short-term parking needs from visitors, commuters and those looking to shop, dine or do business in Rochester CBD.”
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