I haven't fed a meter in TC in years, I get about one ticket a year and it works out cheaper than putting in change. I get a kick out of it. It does seem a silly source of revenue, but a good strategy to get better compliance. The compliance isn't with feeding the meter, it's to use metered spaces for short term use only. If I'm going to be 6 hours I know I might have to pay $5, well worth it to me to leave the car where it is.
Get rid of the meters altogether! Encourage people to use downtwon. WE ARE A TOURIST TOWN! The meters do not indicate when you need to pay and when it is free parking. I think they are a pain. Get rid of them!
Something seems shortsighted about the increase of fines. Is the goal to raise additional funds or to curb parking violations? If you increase the fine, revenue could go down.
I always viewed parking fees just as you stated in your opening line...you over stayed your welcom here in TC have a fine because you are spending to much of your money in TC now spend more. Now they want to double the fine. I think that this sends a very bad message to the people that visit here spending their hard earned money in our stores. Shame on the DDA and the city for this move.
The idea of raising the fee is a bad idea because we should be helping people access downtown – not discouraging it with fines. Also with the economy down, the last thing people need is higher prices ...
I am really pleased to see the city addressing it's ridiculous parking violation policy. As a regular transit rider, I am offended that it currently costs less to pay a parking ticket ($5) than it does to ride the bus round-trip ($6). And people complain about traffic congestion while our policies do everything to make it painless to park in our downtown! Great downtowns do not exist for cars, they exist for people. People enjoy walking in downtowns. If not, the should go to a mall with 'free parking' (and a longer walk!)