Hourly rates at Rochester’s parking meters will increase Tuesday and new contactless methods of payment are being introduced.
Rates for 10-hour meters will see a 10-cent hourly increase to 50 cents, while three-hour meters will see hourly rates increase from $1.20 to $1.50 per hour.
The city’s two-hour meters will increase from $1.40 to $2.50 per hour, 90-minute meters will go from $1.20 to $2 per hour, and 30-minute meters will go from $1.40 to $1.50 per hour.
The change approved by the Rochester City Council in 2019 was set to go into effect last year, but officials postponed it in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We understand that the last year has been incredibly difficult for our community,” Rochester Public Works Director Wendy Turri said. “To ease the strain on business and parking customers, we suspended meter enforcement last summer, and we were able to delay this increase by a year."
Reprogramming each of the city’s 1,203 parking meters will take four weeks. During that time, parkers might see some differences in pricing as technicians complete the update.
The city’s mobile payment service, ParkMobile, is also expanding the contactless ways customers can pay for meter parking, including Google Pay and a new web app.
To make a parking payment using Google, a user can either open the Google Pay app directly or tap the “pay for parking” button from driving navigation in Google Maps. In the Google Pay app, the user enters the parking zone number, adds time, and finishes the payment with any credit or debit card saved to their Google Pay account.
In addition, a new web app designed for mobile devices lets users pay for meter parking without installing the full-featured mobile app. The web app can be accessed quickly by texting “PARK” to 77223 or by scanning a QR code. This method also allows for guest purchases, which means account registration is no longer a requirement to pay for parking.
“These features may be particularly useful to infrequent customers and visitors to Rochester,” Rochester Traffic Manager Sam Budzyna said.
The new ParkMobile contactless payment features are available but might require updating Google Maps and Google Pay on the user’s mobile device.