BOISE -- The price could soon be going up for parking on the street in downtown Boise. But, that's not the only change people might see on the parking meters in the City of Trees.
Boise is getting new parking meters, likely next month. They'll be electronic and able to accept credit cards.
Craig Croner with the city says, that's a feature people loved, when they ran a pilot program with the meters last fall.
The overwhelming response from the public was that they really loved the credit cards, because not everyone carries change in their pocket, said Croner.
There could also a be a pay-by-phone option, if you aren't close to your car when it the meter expires and need to feed it while you're at a restaurant, or wherever you may be.
But this will all require a change in city code. Also, to pay for the new meters, Croner says the city is considering expanding charges for on-street parking. Those expansions might include charging until 8 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. on weekdays, and charging on Saturday.
KTVBwent to the Saturday Market to talk with people about the possible changes.
A lot of people know that on the weekends they can get free parking in places they can't during the week, said Dianna Wilson. So, if there were fewer spots to park for free, fewer people would probably come downtown.
It's a big circle of justification that you can't really say 'no' to, said Matthew Leslie. It's like, 'We need them.' Why do you need them? 'Because we're increasing the times, and we need to make it more convenient.' Why do you need to do that? 'Well, because we want to make a little bit more money.' And, that's really what it gets down to.
But Croner says many downtown stores and restaurants want the city to charge later in the day, to increase their business.
There's a lot of businesses that have parking meters in front of their establishments, and after six o'clock at night, they're jammed full of people. And those cars don't move, said Croner.
Croner also stresses, these are just ideas right now, and no decisions have been made.
There's a lot of moving parts in this discussion, he said.
Croner says they still need to give the ideas to the Mayor and City Council, hold a public hearing, and reach out even more to local businesses.