Reminder: Campus parking meter rates rising

With the new fiscal year beginning today, Urbana and University of Illinois parking meter rates have risen on campus from 75 cents to $1 per hour, and Champaign will be soon to follow. Off-campus meter rates are unchanged.

You might recall that Urbana raised their rates to bring in an extra $105,000 per year to help pay for two police officers.

Here's a press release from the city of Champaign:

Effective Tuesday, July 5, 2011 the City of Champaign will increase parking meter rates on six blocks in the core of campus. Two hour meter rates will increase from $.75 to $1.00 per hour, thirty minute meter rates will increase from $.75 to $1.00 per half hour and motorcycle meter rates will increase from $.25 to $.50 per hour. The blocks that will be affected are: 600-800 S. Sixth Street, 600-700 S. Wright Street, and 600 E. John St.. The rate change will encourage turnover and continued availability of parking for those patronizing campus businesses.


The rate change will maintain consistency with University of Illinois and City of Urbana meter rates which are scheduled to increase on July 1st. “As part of the Campus Area Transportation Study, both cities and the U of I coordinate on many aspects of the University District including speed limits and enforcement hours as well as parking rates. It’s important to be consistent throughout the District to reduce confusion and create a seamless experience for visitors” says Shirl Johnson, Parking Operations Supervisor.


Parking at the current $.75 per hour rate will still be available no further than a block away from higher priced meters. Meters with the new rates will be identifiable by a blue label on the meter post indicating the cost per hour. The parking rates in Lot J, located at the corner of Sixth and Green Sts., and in Downtown will remain the same.


More information on parking in the University District can be found on the City’s web site at

I was amused by the wording, "The rate change will maintain consistency with University of Illinois and City of Urbana meter rates." Seems like Champaign is saying it was Urbana's idea first. The city of Urbana will tell you different (and, actually, it was Champaign's idea before Urbana's -- at least publicly).

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