Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some "quick facts" about the proposed parking partnership.

1. What Will Happen To Rates?

The private operator has NO authority to set rates.


  • CBD - Stays at $2/hour initially. The rates will increase by 25¢ approximately every 3 years.
  • Neighborhoods - Increases to 75¢/hour once meters are upgraded with new technology. After that, rates would only go up by 25¢-increments. Based on the agreement, it would take about 6 years for those 25¢ increases to occur.


  • No initial change to first hour or monthly rates
  • Middle hours will increase to be closer to, but still below, market

There would be no rate increases until technology upgrades are complete.

Future increases would be capped at greater of 3% or CPI annually (25¢-increments for meters).

2. Will The Hours Of Operation Increase For Meters?

Yes, all meters will be in effect:

  • 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Downtown)
  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Neighborhoods)

The private operator has NO authority to expand hours.

3. Will Enforcement Standards Change?

Generally, enforcement standards will not change. Repeated noncompliance may result in increased measures. The Cincinnati police are still empowered to ticket as needed for public safety.

4. Will "First 10 Minutes Free" Continue Downtown?

Yes, in areas where it supports business growth.

Spaces providing free 10 minutes will be clearly marked.

5. Will Sundays & Holidays Remain Free To Park At Meters?

Yes. Parking meters are not and will not be enforced on:

  • Sundays
  • New Year's Day (Jan. 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday in January)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (Dec. 25)

6. Will The Operator Be Able To Boot My Vehicle?

Yes, in cases of extreme noncompliance:

  • At least 3 unpaid parking tickets
    • Same as current towing policy

No same-day booting.

Automated booting technology that immediately releases the boot upon payment

7. What Efforts Will Be Made To Ensure Economic Inclusion Is Considered?

The Port Authority’s economic inclusion policy will apply aspirational goals:

  • 25% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • 7% Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • 30% Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

8. What Happens At The End Of The Lease?

The upgrade parking system is returned to the City.