Extended Metered Parking Hours Begin in Downtown, Midtown

SACRAMENTO -- Starting Thursday, if you plan to stay, plan to pay.

Brent Hansberger isn't from Sacramento but he's not surprised that parking has gone up in downtown.

"It's typical of others cities, I’m from Portland. They've been doing it for years now," Hansberger said.

Metered parking hours in downtown, Old Sacramento and parts of midtown will be extended starting Thursday, Sept. 1. People like Susan Lequire say enough is enough.

"Parking here is already bad, traffic is already bad, it's just getting worse," Lequire said.

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In other words, what used to be free after 6 p.m. will now cost you until 10 p.m.

The plan is to extend meters to 10 p.m. from Front Street in Old Sacramento to the west side of 16th Street, and from C Street to W Street.

Deborah Ross says she's actually avoiding parking here.

"I changed where I get my prescription to Natomas where I work so I don't have to deal with all of this," Ross told FOX40.

More money from parking will beef up the city general fund, which is responsible for paying part of the city’s $255 million subsidy for construction of the downtown arena.