The pilot program will last for at least a year, with more data collection and reviews scheduled in 2014.
Some of the parking facilities have both public and reserved parking.(The day rate is currently .) City staff had proposed a day rate at the two more crowded garages, but Downtown Berkeley Association CEO John Caner said many of his members felt a 33% hike was too steep.Caner asked council members to take a more gradual approach and see what happens.In all three garages, the early-bird rate (in before 9 a.m. Councilman Gordon Wozniak asked city staff to take a look at reducing garage parking fees on Sundays, when supply is at its peak, due in large part to free street parking.
Staff said they would investigate but noted it would be a challenge to compete with free street parking.For more information relating to local parking regulations, please feel free to call the commission office.