Parking at a premium: Big rate increases coming for Downtown garages, lots

All-day rates at several Pittsburgh Parking Authority lots and garages will go up on Aug. 1 after a vote by the authority‘‍s board of directors Thursday.

The increases range from $1 at the Monongahela Wharf to $4.25 at three Downtown garages.

The fee for wharf parking will rise to $9; the Second Avenue Parking Plaza will rise by $2, to $8; the First Avenue Garage will go up $2.25, to $11; the Wood-Allies, Fort Duquesne-Sixth and Ninth and Penn garages will rise $2.25, to $12.

All-day parking at the Third Avenue Garage will increase by $3.25, to $16; the Oliver Garage will rise $4.25, to $17; and the Mellon Square and Smithfield-Liberty garages will increase by $4.25, to $18.

Hourly rates for shorter-term parking at the garages will rise proportionately, the authority said. Garage leases also will increase, generally by $25 to $45 per month.

The long-term rate at the Shadyside Garage will rise by $1, to $10, and at the Forbes-Semple Garage in Oakland, the daily rate will go up by $2, to $11. Leases at both facilities will rise by $20 per month. Leases at 15 of 34 surface lots will go up $30, while the others will see no change.

Executive Director David Onorato said the rates hadn’‍t been increased since 2004.

Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868. Twitter: @pgtraffic. First Published June 19, 2014 12:00 AM

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