Chattanooga parking rates to go up on Sept. 1

A parking meter stands ready to take money on 7th Street in Chattanooga in this 2013 file photo.

Chattanooga parking meter rates will go up, and more hours will be enforced starting Sept. 1.

The new rate will be $1 an hour, as opposed to the previous rate of 75 cents an hour for parking in Chattanooga. Meters will be enforced until 6 p.m. on weekdays instead of 4:30 p.m. Hours will be enforced on Saturdays.

Allison Ferrell said she pays around $5 to $10 a night for parking when she goes out. When there's a special event, it could go as high as $15.

"A dollar an hour?" Ferrell said. "It's kind of expensive."

Although the new rules begin Sept. 1, they won't be enforced until Oct. 1, said Brent Matthews of CARTA in a news release. During September, violators of the new extended hours rule will be given a warning.