Nebraskans heading to the Old Market or other downtown areas of Omaha take note – it is going to cost more to plug the parking meters. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says drivers will have to pay to park from 9 am until 9 pm Monday through Saturday and the cost is going up from 25-cents to 50-cents. She says this is to free up short term space in front of businesses.
Mayor Stothert says, “Now, somebody at 5:01 will get a meter and park there all night long. That is really hard on the businesses down there. There are people down there that want to run down there and get something to eat or a haircut or whatever, all those meters down there are full and stay full.”
The city’s goal is encourage those parking longer downtown to utilize a parking garage. Long term parking there was lowered from $5 to $1. Mayor Stothert says this is what you see in growing cities and it is a more modern way to utilize parking.
Signs and flags will be going up to notify the public of the new parking options. There will also be a parking app to assist drivers find an empty space.