St. Louis parking meter rates go up today

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Drivers will officially have to pay more to park in the City of St. Louis starting Wednesday, July 1st. Rates at metered spaces are officially going up this morning. The increase is between $0.25 and $0.50 cents an hour, depending on where you`re parking. Fees for not paying at the meters are going up as well.

The increases are in conjunction with new electronic meters that are being installed in the city. They are replacing the old coin operated meters. The rates for the new electronic meters in most of the high use downtown and downtown west areas will increase to $1.50 an hour. The more low use electronic meters in others parts of the city will increase to $1 for every hour.

The meter rate increases only apply to the new electronic meters being set up around the city. The older meters that haven`t been replaced yet will still charge the old rates until they are updated with the new meters.

Failure to pay a ticket will result in a $15 fee. If it goes unpaid for two weeks, motorists will be charges $20, and within a three week span, the fee will be $30.

City officials decided to increase parking rates in 2014 when a commissioned study found St. Louis was behind others major cities in parking meter rates. Drivers can pay at the new meters by credit card or by using a smart phone app.

The new rates at the new electronic meters take effect at 8a.m.