Parking bill advances

Staff WriterApril 15, 2009 

A bill that would allow Raleigh and Chapel Hill to use credit card-based parking meters cleared the House on Tuesday.

The bill also applies to Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.

Raleigh intends to eliminate free parking downtown.

Rep. Grier Martin, a Wake County Democrat and one of the bill's sponsors, made a point of mentioning that the bill didn't eliminate free parking. It simply allows those cities and townsto install parking meters that accept credit cards.

The bill passed 113 to 0. It now heads to the Senate.

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