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Reminder: New Parking Rates in Effect for Dearborn

Rates will be 25 cents per 15 minutes up to an hour, and 75 cents for each additional hour.

Dearborn's new parking rates for all west downtown lots went into effect Friday.

New rates are as follows:

  • For the first hour, parking in downtown lots is 25 cents per every 15 minutes
  • After the first hour, parking is a flat 75 cents per hour for any part of that hour
  • The daily maximum is $9
  • Lost tickets are $9

Parking rates are in effect from 9 a.m.-4 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Parking remains free on Sundays and holidays.

The change in rates comes as a result of a last month in conjunction with the approval of the fiscal year 2011-12 budget. Parking rate increases passed unanimously by council members after being proposed by city officials.

centered around the fact that for the city's parking system to remain revenue neutral, an increase in rates was needed.

Vicky Williams July 02, 2011 at 11:21 AM
We do not shop or eat in Dearborn anymore because of the parking meters. They are a hassle and many small businesses closed because of it. They also charged the workers for parking. Do you think raising rates is going to bring more revenue and business. Think again.
Rachel L July 02, 2011 at 12:48 PM
So no more free first half hour? Next time I go to pick something up, I might just park somewhere free and walk.
R July 02, 2011 at 12:50 PM
I stopped shopping in that area of Dearborn when the meters initially were installed. I have found other places to shop without the inconvenience of having to pay for parking.
Lee Jacobsen July 02, 2011 at 04:07 PM
What are the costs that make an increase to $9 per day reasonable to make the parking structure cost neutral? Attendants? I suspect the city has an agreement with a parking company.They need to discuss cost savings with them. If that is so with attendants and costs, I would suggest a parking solution implemented by Oakwood Hospital, where a set fee , paid prior to entering the parking lot, either cash or a 'swipe' card , is utilized. Pros and Cons? The obvious pro is that it eliminates the cost of the attendant, and all of his 'baggage'. Another pro is that it takes away the nagging thought of parking costs always increasing while you are shopping, ie, time for desert? The cost should be less than $9, and will be made up in volume as more folk use the parking lots. The con is that this fee should be around $3 (ie Oakwood's fee) to cover the costs. This is less than a gallon of gas, and often the cost of a tip at the finer eateries involved. Also, the eateries could accept the receipt from the parking lot as partial payment or script for purchases, thus increasing sales and offsetting the fee to the customers. Need to pick up that tailored suit? Have the store accept the script as credit toward the purchase. Paying a set fee and being done with it for the rest of the day makes sense for some businesses in Dearborn such as Oakwood. Would it work in West Dearborn? The parking meters are another animal, and best left as they are.
steven Adelson July 02, 2011 at 07:01 PM
In West dearborn the manner in which paid parking was put into force was all wrong. When you have a viable downtown shopping district (like Royal Oak, Birmingham etc.) it is easy to ask patrons to pay to park because these cities are offering something in return i/e a shopping experience. After a day of shopping, eating etc most individuals have no issue in paying to leave a lot. Unfortunatley that is not the case in Dearborn. The cart was put way ahead of the donkey. Initially a 1 hour free offer should have been implimented just like the other cities that the politicos like to compare us to. Now we are looking at 5 minutes free, really what can you accomplish in that time frame? So I understand and at the same time can not comprehend why so many are avoiding, protesting the merchants that are trying to survive in this town. As a retailer in West Dearborn for 35 years I have offered validation on parking and have let my clients know of this since the start of the paid parking situation. I am commited to validateing for my established and future clients so we can all have a positive end result. This city must act in a pro consumer/retail mind set or the purchaseing power of Dearborn is going to shop in the surrounding areas. Thank you Steven Adelson@Steven Bernard Jewelers.
Chaz December 04, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Dearborn is old thinking and simply cannot get it's act together to attract business and shopping. It Depends on Ford and bars and restaurants. It needs to do more than simply live and die by Ford. It's time to get into the 21st century Dearborn!!!
Lee Jacobsen December 04, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Ever notice all the cars trolling for parking spaces near Mongolians, Jimmy Johns, etc? Despite a parking structure 30 yards away? Ditto for the free parking around Buddy's Pizza, cars waiting for free spots in front of empty spaces with parking meters. Folk want convenience, and coin parking meters are a hassle. Get solar ones that accept regular credit cards. They work like this.... How do I use a credit/debit card? To operate the credit/debit card feature, simply insert your credit/debit card, press the green "Maximum Time" button to purchase the maximum time allowed for that machine, or press the blue "Add Time" button for parking time in increments of $0.25 cents. The first push of the "Add Time" button will result in a $1.00 minimum purchase. Press the green button to complete your transaction. The meter will print a receipt. Place the receipt on the passenger side dashboard of the vehicle. Most folk that do shopping have credit cards. Many do not carry a pocket full of quarters. The parking folk can foot the bill for the new meters.... There is no transaction fee for using a credit/debit card.

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