NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Mayor David Briley sent a memorandum to the Traffic and Parking commission on Wednesday, detailing a plan that would privatize Nashville's city-owned parking lots.
Here's how it breaks down:
- There would be 2,000 metered spaces added over the course of four years.
- Rates would increase $0.25 per hour.
- Parking fines (like expired time) would increase from $11 to $25.
- Hours would be extended until 10 p.m. and include Sundays.
- Pay-by-phone apps and way-finding technology would be implemented.
- Free parking for clean energy vehicles would be eliminated.
- A private company would have the authority over all things parking-related
- This would affect Public Works and Circuit Court Clerk's office employees, who would be reassigned.
News4 reached out to the Mayor's office for comment, but they declined our request.
The city is asking for $30 million dollars upfront for a private company to takeover metered street parking.
“The coin operated machines are just outdated. I think the card-operated and app is what we need right now, said Resident Mitchell Klein.
“We are strapped for cash. We don't have a money problem in Nashville, we have a spending problem,” said Councilman Steve Glover.
The Traffic and Parking Commission will maintain control over parking rates.
“Good luck for every council member that lives in the district they're going to expand this parking footprint on. They're going to get more phone calls than they've probably seen in a while.”