The city says 95 percent of the parking meters in the downtown core will be extended to two hours by the close of business Tuesday.
The longer times will be on more than 100 meters between Cascade and Nevada avenues and from Colorado Boulevard to Boulder Street, according to the city’s Communications Office.
“This change will make parking more convenient and will allow citizens extra time to spend dining and shopping in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs,” Mayor Steve Bach said in a statement.
The remaining 5 percent of the parking meters in the downtown core “will remain under two hours due to special requests from banks, convenience stores and the Post Office, (which) have asked for shorter meter times to encourage and facilitate customer turnover in their businesses,” the city said.
During the Downtown Partnership’s annual Mayor’s Breakfast last week, Bach said he wanted meters with longer times.
“I get a lot of calls about our parking meter time not being long enough,” he told the audience last week.
“People want to come downtown for lunch and there’s not enough time on the meter.”