Balto. Co. rolls back parking meter hours in Towson

Soon you won't need to feed the meters as often in Towson.

Beginning next weekend, drivers won't have to feed Towson's parking meters as often.

Parking meters will be free after 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and all day on Sundays starting Feb. 14, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Thursday. Currently, downtown Towson's meters are in operation seven days a week until 10 p.m.

Also, drivers will be able to park for three hours — instead of two — at meters on Chesapeake, Allegheny and Pennsylvania avenues west of Washington Avenue, and on York Road between the traffic circle and Towsontown Boulevard.

The meters are operated by the Baltimore County Revenue Authority, a quasi-public agency that runs the county's parking meters, parking garages, golf courses and the Reisterstown Sportsplex.

In downtown Towson, the revenue authority operates 465 meter and parking lot spaces and 4,400 spaces in parking garages. The financial impact of the meter changes was not immediately clear.

County Councilman David Marks, a Republican who represents Towson, praised the changes as a needed economic boost for the area. In the future, the County Council must first be notified of changes to parking meter times and rates under a bill passed by the council in December.

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