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Parking In D.C. Becoming More Expensive

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By David Schultz

Starting later this month, parking meters in Washington, D.C. will charge $2 an hour. That means one quarter will only buy you seven minutes.

In addition, parking on Saturdays won't be free anymore, and the meters downtown will be in effect until 10:30 pm instead of 7:00 p.m.

Kent Harrel is parking on a downtown street with a friend. They're in a hurry to get to the gym. Harrel says these days, owning a car in D.C. is more trouble than it's worth. "Yes, it's more difficult to have one than not, I would say," he says.

The Washington Post reports the parking meter changes will net the city nearly $8 million in revenue. Other areas in Virginia and Maryland are also increasing parking fees this month.

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