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Revised parking plan drops evening hours

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A revised parking proposal from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley could take some pressure off drivers.

Earlier this month the mayor was pushing a plan to increase revenue by hiking meter rates in neighborhoods and extending meter hours.  People who park near UC's campus say there are already challenges in trying to find a parking spot.  They are happy the mayor is having second thoughts about increasing what they would have to pay.

No matter what time you driver around UC's campus it can be hard to find parking.  And the issue of constantly feeding meters is a headache, especially for young people on a budget.

A revised plan from Mayor John Cranley drops all evening hours at meters.  Earlier in February the mayor set out a plan that would have extended the meter hours until 9p.m. in Over-The-Rhine and around the University of Cincinnati.  Drivers say that plan would've added to the parking problems.

Although the mayor wants to scrap the extended hours, the quarter increase to 75 cents and hour outside downtown and Over-The-Rhine is still up for debate.  The revised plan calls for triple the number of parking enforcement officers to monitor meters.  Some say any increase in meter cost could hurt businesses.

They mayor will present his revised plan to city council Thursday.



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