This fall, the cost of parking in downtown Columbia will increase -- but access to public transit will as well.
Columbia City Council members last night amended the city code to raise parking rates for both unmetered off street facilities and metered parking in the MU campus area. The amendment will go into effect October 1.
Meter prices on campus will increase from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour. Parking pass prices will go up $10 a month but parking permit consumers will have an unlimited bus pass included in their monthly rate.
Columbia Public Works is using a new form of technology to enforce parking regulations. The department has started using smart phones to document parking tickets, correspond with other agencies involved in issuing the tickets, and to take photos of the parking violations.
This technology will replace the currently used devices which use outdated technology and have caused complications in communication. Columbia Parking Supervisor Tanner Morrell says the phones are simplifying the communication between the agencies involved in issuing tickets.
Columbia’s Commission on Cultural Affairs is considering a proposal to increase the funding for the Short Street Parking Garage sculpture, "Tidal Murmur."
The additional money would be used to pay for specialty LED lighting for the sculpture. Chris Stevens, manager of the Office of Cultural Affairs, presented the proposal from artist Beth Nybeck. He says that the extra money would help to improve the project.