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Disabled May Soon Pay For Parking In Alexandria

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By David Schultz

The cost of a parking meter in Old Town Alexandria is going up tomorrow from $1 an hour to $1.75.

The city is also considering the elimination of free parking for people with disabilities and moving to a new parking policy, known as "All May Park, All Must Pay."

Other jurisdictions, like Alexandria's neighbor, Arlington County, already have this policy in place. And Alexandria is thinking about using it to close a budget gap.

But a disabled rights group, the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, is critical of the change. They say people with disabilities could find it difficult to go back and forth from their destination, feeding the meter. The Alexandria City Council will decide on the "All May Park, All Must Pay" policy later this fall.

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