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Longer parking meter hours begin in Phoenix today

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Beginning today, Phoenix will enforce parking meters from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays. (Source: CBS 5 News) Beginning today, Phoenix will enforce parking meters from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays. (Source: CBS 5 News)
It currently costs a $1.50 per hour, but in November the cost will range from 50 cents to $4, depending on demand. (Source: CBS 5 News) It currently costs a $1.50 per hour, but in November the cost will range from 50 cents to $4, depending on demand. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

If you plan to spend some time in downtown Phoenix after work and are used to parking for free, it would be a good idea to bring some extra money or you can expect a parking ticket slipped under your windshield wiper.

Beginning on Monday, Phoenix parking meter hours are changing. The city will enforce parking meters from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays.

Parking used to be free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and during the weekends.

Another big change will become effective in November when parking meter rates will change from a flat free to demand-based pricing.

It currently costs a $1.50 per hour, but in November the cost will range from 50 cents to $4, depending on demand. 

The rates will be higher during Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix Mercury games, concerts and other popular events in the core downtown area.

It's unclear how much money the higher rates and longer hours will generate, but some estimates have been $1 million to $2 million a year.

Supporters say the changes will encourage people to use public transit and parking garages and also help businesses by increasing parking turnover. Critics say it will drive business away from downtown.

According to a city news release, Phoenix has purchased 598 new single space credit card enabled meters which means about 1,500 meters will accept credit cards.

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