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Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas wants to boost parking fees downtown again.

Thomas has asked for either an increase of 10 cents per hour at parking meters or a $10-per-month increase in parking garage permits to be included in the city’s budget for fiscal 2018. He wants the extra money to pay for the first steps in establishing residential parking permit programs for neighborhoods that surround MU.

New Parking Meters Coming to Columbia

Sep 12, 2016
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  Visitors to downtown Columbia will be able to keep their change soon. Downtown Columbia will be adding more parking meters that are payable by smartphone app. The Parkmobile app allows drivers to pay a meter by credit card or PayPal. 

Public Works spokesperson Barry Dalton said the city will make every meter downtown accessible through Parkmobile by the end of this fall. There is no set date.

“Those new meters will allow customers to use coins, the city’s prepaid parking card, or the Parkmobile app,” Dalton said.

MU, Walker Parking Consultants Host Open Forum

Feb 11, 2016
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An open forum meeting was held Wednesday, where students, faculty, and staff members from MU were able to raise questions about the current parking and transportation services on campus.

Columbia residents, consultants discuss city's future

Nov 14, 2014
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Columbia residents had a chance to weigh in on another round of recommendations for what development  in downtown Columbia should look like at a public forum at City Hall Thursday night.

Consultants, hired by the city, discussed the second of three models concerning development in the city. It included suggestions to limit building heights, make the city more walkable and change parking areas.


East Campus residents met with Supervising Traffic Engineer Richard Stone on Wednesday evening to discuss parking issues along their streets, specifically MU students and faculty taking all the spots in front of their homes.

Downtown Columbia parking rates to increase

Sep 17, 2013
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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.

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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.

Parking Meter
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Columbia residents living around the North Village area have been facing parking issues for some time now, but tonight the City Council will hear out some proposed fixes.

Brookside resident Eleanor Clegg has to pay $80 every three months to park her car in a garage four blocks away from her apartment. She thinks there must be another option.

“I wish there was more free parking in general, like a parking lot that you can just parking for free,” she says. "But I think more meters will help."

Columbia says no to multi-space parking meters

Apr 9, 2012

The City of Columbia Public Works Department recently decided to end the trial period for multi-space parking meters on Ninth Street from between Broadway and Locust.

Newscast for March 16, 2012

Mar 16, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Repeat of last year's flooding unlikely
  • Military Academy names new president
  • City of Columbia implements new parking meters