On Monday night, the San Mateo City Council approved increasing parking rates downtown that could generate $640,000 in additional annual revenue. The new rates will go into effect July 1 at most locations and Jan. 4, 2016, at two select locations.
The council discussed whether to charge for parking at the Samaritan House Worker Resource Center and the former Kinkos Lot off Fifth Avenue. While some previously discussed not charging at the two city-owned value lots to help support lower-wage downtown employees, the council ultimately agreed to charge 25 cents per hour but postpone implementing the new rates until next year.
As part of its Downtown Parking Management Plan, the city will increase rates for premium on-street spaces within the downtown core from 50 cents to $1 per hour and reduce the time limits from four hours to three hours. Spaces on the second floor or higher in premium garages will run 50 cents per hour with no time limit.
Premium spaces are within the downtown core bordered by Fourth Avenue between El Camino Real and B Street, Second Avenue between B Street and San Mateo Drive, Third Avenue between San Mateo Drive and El Camino Real, and along El Camino Real between Third and Fourth avenues.
Value on-street spaces outside the downtown core will be increased to 50 cents per hour with a three-hour maximum.
The council also moved to use a color code designation with premium spaces marked in orange and value spaces marked in yellow.
Visit cityofsanmateo.org more information about the changes to downtown parking rates.