Once new multi-space parking meters are installed in Old Town Alexandria, the rates will go back up to $1.75, according to a recent proposal.
The Alexandria City Council, which lowered the parking meter rate to $1.25 last month until the new multi-space meters were installed, unanimously passed the measure to a public hearing this Saturday.
"The complaints we have been getting is about the number of quarters" people must carry to fill the $1.75 meters, not the amount it costs to park, said Andrea Wilkinson, the city's parking planner. The new multi-space meters will accept various forms of payment.
As the new metering system is installed, the rates would vary in different locations of Old Town. The different rates would encourage people to use the cheaper spaces, which will be in low-volume parking areas, she said.
Final action on the measure is expected Saturday, following the public hearing.
The City Council deferred a vote on requiring disabled drivers to feed the meters by one month. Currently, drivers with handicap license plates or a placard can park for free at a meter for up to four hours.