Parking rates rise in downtown Walnut Creek

Meters jump to $2 per hour; city also implements metering 7 days a week

Parking meter rates in downtown Walnut Creek jumped from $1 to $2 per hour Monday as the city also moves to a seven-day-a-week metering system in an attempt to free up street parking downtown.

Meters will now be enforced from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Drivers previously only had to pay the meter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Sundays off.

At the same time, the city is offering a free hour of parking for the first hour at city garages.

"The goal is to free up more metered parking, make more spaces available, while at the same time encouraging parking in the city garages," said Matt Huffaker, assistant to the city manager.

The garages at Broadway and at North Locust Street, next to the Lesher Center, will continue to charge 50 cents an hour after the first free hour.

The rate at the city garage at South Locust Street will increase from 50 cents per hour to $1 an hour, with the first hour free.

Drivers can also purchase a new $25 per month parking pass for city garages online.

Walnut Creek's metered parking outside of downtown will now cost $1 per hour, up from the previous rate of 50 cents per hour.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Irv
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Greedy Bastards!

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Posted by Julia Pardini
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

I totally support this, if you are in WC downtown, you are well off and can afford 1$ increase, if not take public transportation or walk.

Thanks for listening.

Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

I wish I can put a bag over the imposter..

What a coward.

This is the real Julia Padini from Alamo

With regard to the additional parking rates, I agree with Irv... the blood suckers see a way to milk the public and they do it. Sad, but everyone is greedy now-a-days.

American Greed...this is life in America. Yes the current Washington D.C. administration is the cause...

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Posted by NoWay
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 14, 2014 at 1:02 pm

If possible, as a way of protesting, I will avoid Walnut Creek when I can. I remember when WC was in good financial shape and didn't have to resort to things like this! The "over zealous" Meter Maids were bad enough!

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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:26 am

Has it ever occurred to you guys that a city owns the streets - including the shoulders and gutters - and has to pay money to maintain them? Parking meters are just a way to make sure that the people who use that portion of the city land pay for it, instead of just letting the most aggressive squatters mooch off the taxpayer's dime all the time.

You "takers" always want to get a freebie, don't you/

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