SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber is letting up a bit on a controversial parking-meter rate increase imposed two yars ago — at least for one day a week for the summer— and said he’s considering other changes “to make parking work for everyone in Santa Fe.”
Webber announced Monday that parking downtown and in the Railyard area will be cut to $1 an hour on Saturdays, starting this weekend and running through Sept. 8, during the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe.
In 2016, as city government was addressing budget shortfalls, the metered parking rate was increased from $1 an hour to $2 for the first two hours and $3 an hour after that. Merchants and residents have complained about the increase.
Webber, who was elected in March to succeed former Mayor Javier Gonzales, said in a news release, “Santa Fe residents and merchants share a strong feeling: downtown parking just isn’t working for them. Our half-price summer sale is just a first step. It’s our way of saying, ‘We hear you and we’re working on it.'”
“Stay tuned,” Webber added. “We’re going to keep looking at other changes to make parking work for everyone in Santa Fe.”
Two years ago, the city combined the higher meter rates with lower rates at city parking garages and a special garage rate for low-wage earners.
Parking is is already free on Sundays.