The rates for parking in downtown Hartford are going up. The Hartford Parking Authority announced Monday that on-street metered parking rates in the central downtown area will increase from $1 to $2 per hour, effective Monday, Aug. 5.
The new Downtown Central Zone includes 16 streets, with a total of 480 on-street parking spaces, from Ann Uccello Street to Prospect Street to the east and from Church Street to Wells Street to the south.
During the weekend before the rate increase, the parking authority will update all on-street Woonerf app and kiosk signs to reflect the new three-digit zone.
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A news release from the parking authority said the goals are to promote on-street parking availability and reduce traffic congestion in the downtown area that is caused by double parking and vehicles circling to find on-street spaces.
The parking rate on fringe streets surrounding the Downtown Central Zone will remain at $1 per hour.
The HPA oversees metered and regulated parking spaces on Hartford streets, as well as operates and maintains the MAT Garage, Sheldon Street Lots and Downtown North Surface Lots.