The City installed 29 new parking meters Thursday on the west side of 19th street between "R" and Vine streets. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln requested the meter installation to prevent long-term parking in the area and to make the spaces more available to the entire student body and to the general public.
The area includes 25 spaces for automobiles and four for motorcycles, and all have two-hour time limits. Those parked at expired meters in the new spaces will receive warning citations until Wednesday, Sept. 11, when the time limits will be enforced and tickets will be issued.
The new "smart" meters are solar-powered and programmable and will accept credit, debit and pre-paid parking cards and dollar coins in addition to dimes and quarters. The hourly rate at all downtown meters is $1. The first hour is free in City-owned parking garages, making those garages the cheapest downtown parking option.
For more information on downtown parking, call Parking Services at 402-441-PARK (7275) or visit parkandgo.org.