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Parking Rate Hikes to Kick in Next Month

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UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated that rates at the Downtown structures will go up on July 1. There are no changes to structures or lots in the downtown.

June 21, 2019 -- Parking rates in Santa Monica will increase for the second time in three years on July 1 for on-street metered parking, Main Street surface lots, the Pier deck and beach lots.

The 25 percent hike is part of the City's "continuing efforts to alleviate traffic congestion and encourage parking availability for our on-street meters," City officials said.

The rate for metered parking in the Downtown and Beach Meter Zones will rise to $2.50 an hour.

The increase comes after Downtown meter rates doubled on July 1, 2016 from $1 to $2 an hour.

Meter rates for the rest of the city will rise from $1 an hour to $1.25 an hour. The rates rose in 2016 from 75 cents to $1 an hour.

At the Main Street lots, the daily rate will be $1.25 an hour and the monthly rate will be $80 a month.

The parking rate increases to on-street parking meters and Main Street lots are expected to generate $1.97 million beginning in FY 2019-20, City officials said.

The Pier Deck parking rate will be $18 per day from April 1 to October 31 and $12 on weekdays and $15 on weekends from November 1 to March 31.

The Central Zone beach parking rates will be $15 between April 1 October 31.

For a list of all rates effective July 1 click here

City revenue from parking has been slipping in recent years, a development City officials say is linked to the City's focus on clearing its car-congested streets, especially downtown, and encouraging use of alternative modes of getting around ("Santa Monica Officials Explore Ways to Get People Downtown Without Cars," March 15, 2018).

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