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New parking system in downtown Boise launches Wednesday

A new tired parking rate system goes into effect on Wednesday. Courtesy city of Boise.

Parking rates in downtown Boise are in for a big change.

A new tired parking rate system goes into effect on Wednesday. The city plans to add color-coded stickers to more than 1,300 meters. | SEE A MAP

Those parking in the designated "Zone 1" or the orange zone, which is the area closest to the city's popular downtown restaurants and bars, will soon be paying a $1.50 for the first hour then $2.50 for the second hour.

Those choosing to park a few blocks over, such as by the Statehouse, will soon be charged "Zone 2", or the purple zone, rates. Parking there will cost $1 for the first hour then a $1.25 for the second hour. These two zones will remain as two-hour max parking areas.

Anyone who doesn't mind walking will actually see a decrease in how much they're being charged. The light green zone, known as "Zone 3", will allow parked cars to be in their spots for up to four hours. The first and second hour will only cost drivers $0.50 an hour, while the third or fourth hour will cost $1.

City leaders hope this will encourage drivers to use parking garages more often.


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