- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Metered parking in downtown Omaha is about to cost more - in some cases, double the current rate.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said in a news conference Wednesday that the new rates and extended meter hours will go into effect Oct. 13.

Right now, motorists have to feed meters between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. That changes to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. next month. Parking on weekends and holidays will still be free.

The new rates will rise from 25 cents to 50 cents an hour at 2-, 3- and 4-hour meters. Some 10-hour meters currently 25 cents an hour will rise to 50 cents an hour.

Officials say the new rates will bring in another $500,000 a year.

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