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Pittsburgh gives final approval to delaying nighttime parking enforcement

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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 11:18 a.m.

Drivers won't have to worry about feeding Pittsburgh parking meters after 6 p.m. until at least June 30 under legislation City Council approved on Thursday.

Council delayed nighttime parking enforcement in seven neighborhoods: Downtown, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, the North Shore, the South Side and the Strip District.

Council in 2010 approved expanding enforcement hours until 10 p.m., along with increasing meter rates, to help fill a budget hole created when it dedicated $735 million in parking taxes over 30 years to the pension system.

Reacting to public outcry, particularly from small business owners, council returned meter enforcement to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through 2012.

Council members said they again pushed enforcement back to have time to consider alternatives, such as increasing rates. Officials are now filling the hole in the general fund with surpluses elsewhere and revenue from parking fines.

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