PEORIA, Ill. -- You may soon be paying more to park your car on the street in downtown Peoria.
Starting April first the city will implement a new rate system for parking.
Meter parking will go up from its current rate of $0.30 to $0.80 cents an hour to $1.00 an hour.
Parking deck rates will go down from $1.50 an hour to $1.00 an hour.
City officials said the goal is to encourage people to use parking decks for longer parking.
"We've made it lopsided so it's more expensive to park for an hour in the deck than it is to park on the street," said traffic engineer Nick Stoffer. "So it's encouraging people to park on the street. We actually want people that are downtown for a long time to park in our facilities and allow our on street parking to be more high turnover for people who are going to restaurants or stores."
In addition, all parking meters will now be limited to two hour parking in an effort to increase turnover.