WCNC — Charlotte drivers will no longer have free on-street parking in Uptown and South End starting this weekend.
Beginning Saturday, March 25, drivers will have to pay to park in metered spaces in both areas. The current rate is $1.50 per hour for metered spaces. Paid Saturday parking was originally expected to start last September but was pushed back to March 2023 for further assessment of the public parking system.
Eric Zaverl, Urban Design Specialist with Sustain Charlotte, says this change has been long overdue.
“It’s a smart move overall for everyone," Zaverl said.
He also believes the turnover in parking will increase safety for pedestrians.
“There’s always a spot available, you don’t have to drive around the blocks several times," Zaverl said. "It becomes dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists when you have drivers trying to find an empty spot."