North Shore parking rates going up Aug. 1

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Commuters, along with Pirates baseball and Pitt football fans, will be paying more to park on the North Shore come Aug. 1.

The Pittsburgh Stadium Authority board voted Wednesday to increase rates at the West General Robinson Street garage and surface lots, in part to help fund more parking to accommodate future development between Heinz Field and PNC Park.

With the action, the daily rate at the garage and lots 1, 2, 4, 5A and 7A through 7J will increase by $1 — to $8 for those who park in the garage and to $7 for those who use the lots.

Pirates fans will see the game-day rate at the garage and lots jump by $3 to $15. For Pitt football games, it will rise by $5 to $20. Presold spots in the garage for Pirates games will increase anywhere from $40 to $82, depending on the package.

Weekend and night rates at the lots will jump by $2 to $7, while those for Pirates post-season games would rise by $5 to $25 or $30.

There were no increases announced for Steelers games. Rates for concerts at Heinz Field or PNC Park will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Mary Conturo, executive director of the stadium authority, which owns the lots and the garage, said some of the rates haven’t been increased since 2006, while others last were raised in 2010 or 2012.

A study by the authority found current rates were “below market,” she said. The analysis compared the garage and lots to others Downtown, in the Strip, the lower Hill or the Carnegie Science Center, where daily commuter parking is $6.

Of other parking sites studied, at the former Civic Arena lot, the daily rate is $7.25, while at 15th and Smallman streets in the Strip, it’s $6. At the Chatham Center garage, it ranges from $9 to $12. At the Fort Duquesne and Sixth Street garage, it’s $9.75 but increasing to $12 on Aug. 1.

The increases are expected to generate another $450,000 a year in revenue. The money will be used to help to pay existing parking facility debt and to help support a new garage on the North Shore as new development eats up spaces.

Ms. Conturo said the authority has started to explore the sizing and a location for the new garage. Continental Real Estate Cos., which is developing the land between the stadiums for the Pirates and the Steelers, has said parking needs to be addressed before it can move ahead with a new apartment building on the North Shore.

The North Shore rate hikes follow those approved by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority last week for its garages and lots. Those increases range from $1 at the Monongahela Wharf to $4.25 at three Downtown garages. They also will take effect Aug. 1.

Mark Belko: mbelko@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1262.


First Published June 25, 2014 12:00 AM

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