- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Parking on some streets in downtown Roanoke is going to cost you starting next month.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/2qX7kms ) that the city is planning a 90-day trial of parking meters covering 65 spaces downtown. Officials hope the meters will encourage longer-term parkers to use garages instead of street spaces.

During the trial, the first hour will be free, the second hour will cost $1 and the third hour will be $3. Cars will be limited to three hours. The meters will require payment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Debbie Moses, the city’s parking czar, says officials will update the city council in November on the results of the parking meter pilot.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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