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Cheaper Nighttime Parking in Downtown a Near Reality

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Late-night revelers in downtown may have more options for affordable parking soon. A city council committee has approved yesterday cheaper later-night parking at Pershing Square. "The facility currently offers a flat rate of $6.60 for those entering after 5pm, but after 1am a new $15 charge is tacked on," explains Eric Richardson at blogdowntown. "The current proposal would extend the reduced rate until at least 2am." The original motion asks for the reduced rate to last until 4 a.m., but the Department of Recreation and Parks, which operates the garage, said the financial impact of an added $150,000 is too much. One community organization said even 2:30 or 3 a.m. would be a nice compromise. The issue will now head to the full council.