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Parking meters coming to River Market in attempt to solve parking issues

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The city is still trying to nail down the exact locations for the meters but has said it will be along the Kansas City Street Car route. (KCTV5) The city is still trying to nail down the exact locations for the meters but has said it will be along the Kansas City Street Car route. (KCTV5)
The change is expected to be put in place by August. (KCTV5) The change is expected to be put in place by August. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

People who visit the City Market on the weekend know it’s crowded and that those crowds mean trouble when it comes to finding a place to park.

As the issue grows, community leaders in the area believe adding parking meters will help keep traffic moving.

The change is expected to be put in place by August.

The city plans to install the meters on First Street, Grand Avenue and Third Street and then place them along the rest of the Kansas City Street Car's River Market route.

Deb Churchill is the City Market Property Manager, and she says they’ve been in talks with the city for a while about the need for change. She says it will help with the chaotic nature of parking in the area.

“There are limited resources for ticketing and policing areas that have two and three hour limits on them. This will be a more effective way in keeping the traffic flowing and turning over traffic so business are getting the customer base they need,” Churchill said. 

Not only is the change expected to help businesses, she says it will help people find parking faster.

Churchill says if cars moved every two or three hours it would help the flow of traffic.

Since the installment of the streetcar, large numbers of people have been parking in the River Market area to ride the car, which is a good thing for the streetcar but creates traffic and parking issues that weren’t there before.

“The parking and transportation committee has been talking about this for quite a while, since the installation of the streetcar,” Churchill said. “They are looking for ways to minimize some of the traffic issues we have seen with people parking in areas and riding to others on the street car.”

Churchill says Kansas City has been lucky to avoid a similar change for this long, but says the changes are necessary.

“Kansas City has a lot of free parking we've been lucky that we haven't had to implement this yet but times are changing, traffic patterns are changing, modes of transportation are changing, we're trying to stay up with the times and keep traffic flowing,” Churchill said.

Geoff Myer is the Manager at Planters Seed and Spice. He says the parking spaces outside his shop fill up fast.

"It's a challenge a lot of times," Myer said. The biggest challenge is probably from 11 to one, during lunch time."

Myer says the challenge comes from those who do not stay in the River Market area but use it as a parking lot.

"They need to realize that they can't park down here and go downtown and work all day long just to save a couple bucks on parking. That's the biggest challenge right there," Myer said.

Churchill believes the meters will help to solve a piece of this problem, by taking away the chaos of finding a space, but also says there will be some pushback.

"It's going to take some time. There will be some resistance, but in the end, I think it's the direction that everywhere in the area is going," Churchill said.

Churchill believes the pushback will come from those who live in the area and park on the street.

 "There's always something to do down here and there are parking spaces, it's just you got to find them," Myer said.

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