BUFFALO, NY (WIVB)-There were some last minute changes to the language, but Buffalo’s Common Council, on Wednesday, approved a series of changes that will phase out the current one dollar an hour rate on most city parking spots and raise the rate to two dollars an a hour in the hopes that downtown day-shift workers won’t take up as many spots, and instead park in city parking ramps which have a daily maximum of eight dollars.
It also will put end to free parking after 5pm. Now, free parking won’t begin until 10 p.m. Councilman David Rivera, who represents downtown’s Niagara district, hopes it doesn’t hurt night shift workers downtown.”We want to make sure that those people that work downtown and live downtown are not negatively impacted. Some residents live downtown, they park on the streets past 10 o’clock at night and we want to make sure that there’s opportunities at ramps.”
The City also plans to take a few hundred spots that have been no parking or no standing and make that pay spots so there are more spots available especially around Key Bank Center. “It’s a good problem to have,” said North district Council Member Joseph Golombek. “It’s good that we have so many people using our downtown Buffalo. Personally, I don’t think there’s anyone here who wants to raise fees, but we do want to make it so that it’s easier for people especially City of Buffalo residents who elect us, to be able to use our downtown.”
We’ll begin to see certain parking signs changing in the next few weeks, but we’re told that most people, for most of the winter will get off with just a warning as the changes are implemented.