New Durango parking meters easier to use but are also pricier

Posted at: 01/08/2014 6:20 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

"Feeding the meter" for a parking space on the streets of downtown Durango just got a bit easier, but it also got more expensive.

There's something new in the parking spots in downtown Durango.

"Basically our old meters were failing and it's hard to get replacement parts for them so we upgraded to the newer technology," said Amber Blake, multimodal director for the city of Durango.

The city spent $300,000 on new parking meters.

Now drivers can use credit cards or pre-paid cards to pay for parking.

"The card system helps if you don't have change," said Nancy Shurts, a Durango resident

But even though people like the new meters, they have mixed feelings about the price increase.

People used to pay 60 cents for an hour, but now spots cost between 75 cents and a dollar. 

"It’s kind of steep I think they could've phased it in a little bit slower," said Don Corbeil.

The city says the hike is necessary to help balance the transit budget and pay for fees associated with the new system.

"It’s like anything else you got to do what you got to do," said Gwen Buchanan a Durango resident.

And a lot of people we talked to say parking here is still cheaper than other cities in the area.

"Durango I think is cheaper than any other town I think Telluride is astronomical," said Buchanan.