How Denver’s new parking meter rate compares to other cities

Denver parking meters to cost $2 per hour in 2022

Denver’s hourly rate for metered parking spaces will rise from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 1. (Eric Heinz photo)

As if parking in Denver’s busiest areas wasn’t already enough of a challenge, the city will start charging twice as much in the new year.

Starting Jan. 1, the city’s hourly metered parking rate will rise from $1 to $2, which Mayor Michael Hancock estimated in his budget will bring in an additional $9.2 million.

“The single largest contributor to this growth is an increase in parking meter revenue … to increase investments in transportation and mobility programs and infrastructure,” Hancock wrote in his 2022 budget proposal.

It will be the first parking meter rate increase since 2002, when the city raised some meters on Broadway and Colfax to $1.50. Then-Mayor John Hickenlooper later dropped them back to $1.

Although downtown commuters may not like paying more in 2022, Denver’s rate has been lower than some other cities in the U.S. and along the Front Range.

Colorado Springs

The cost is $1.50 per hour if you park “close to downtown,” according to the Colorado Springs city website. The farther you park from downtown, the cheaper it gets — down to $1.25 or $1 an hour.

Fort Collins

Fort Collins is an exception. Much of the city’s parking is free for the first hour, and after that it is $1 per hour. Parking is always free on Sundays.

Aurora

Most of Aurora’s parking meters cost $1 per hour, but there are other areas where it can cost up to $1 per 15 minutes, such as at the Fitzsimons Village at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Boise, Idaho

They take kind of a different approach, with several zones and rates for different days. The busiest areas are $2 per hour on Mondays through Fridays and $3 for every hour after that. But Saturdays are 50 cents per hour. In other zones, the parking is either $2 per hour or $1.25 on Mondays through Fridays.

Nashville, Tennessee

Parking meter rates are $2.25 per hour in the central business district, and $1.75 per hour in others.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Parking meters charge $1 an hour.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Parking downtown costs $2.25 an hour for a maximum of two hours.

Los Angeles

The cost for metered parking areas varies throughout the city and can be set anywhere between 50 cents to $6 per hour, depending on the area. Generally, the higher rates are found in the higher-demand areas.

New York City

Passenger vehicle parking rates range from $1.25 to $7.50 per hour, and commercial vehicle parking rates range from $5 to $8 per hour.

Denver parking meters to cost $2 per hour in 2022

Denver parking meters to cost $2 per hour in 2022

Denver’s hourly rate for metered parking spaces will rise from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 1. (Eric Heinz photo)

At $1 per hour, Denver's metered parking spaces are cheaper than in some cities. But it will cost $2 per hour starting Jan. 1.

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