Port of San Diego Reverses Parking Rate Plan

Under the plan, parking rates would have ranged from $1 to $2.50 hourly.

Parking rates at popular spots along the North Embarcadero will not go up, as initially planned.

On April 14, Port of San Diego officials approved a range of parking rate hikes, which would have had an impact on the areas near the U.S.S. Midway Museum, Anthony’s Fish Grotto and Tuna Harbor.

At a Monday meeting, officials re-examined the issue after they received feedback from stakeholders, who expressed concern with the specifics of the plan, said spokeswoman Tanya Castaneda.

The board reversed the plan to give Port staff more time to work with government stakeholders "to resolve various questions about the initiative," she said. They will come back to the proposal at a later date. 

Under the plan, parking rates would have ranged from $1 to $2.50 hourly, depending on which part of the North Embarcadero you would be parking at – and at which time of the year. The Port planned to purchase and install 520 solar-powered smart meters and establish a per-hour range of rates. For instance, the most popular areas in the summertime will see the greatest rates.

The Port's CEO would have also been given power to adjust parking rates based on market demand at public lots and garages. 

The way it is now, parking along the North Embarcadero cost $1.25 per hour at all locations.

In addition to the rate hikes, the plan now on hold would expand the parking fee enforcement hours to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Parking hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as it stands now. 

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