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Grand Rapids parking fees increase, pair with free fares

Downtown Grand Rapids photo
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It’s going to cost more to park in Grand Rapids, but it may cost less to get around.

Across-the-board parking fee increases and expanded, free transit services kicked off Thursday across areas of downtown Grand Rapids.

Increases include short and long-term parking at city-owned lots and meters, as well as special event parking opportunities. Monthly passes jumped at all city lots.

The lowest monthly rates are $48 and include DASH West areas.

Rates up-to double at some downtown garages, with the highest monthly rates including DeVos Place and the Pearl Ionia garage.

A new initiative – the downtown 'Park Once' district – also launched Thursday.

Officials say that’s paired with the expanded, free DASH and Silver Line bus service to cover more of the area – so once you’re parked, you can use the shuttles to get around.

DASH operation hours have been extended, with buses running about every eight minutes on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information can be found at GRParkingChanges.org.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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