Before heading into Raleigh on Nov. 29, I checked the City of Raleigh website to determine whether there was a fee for parking. The website stated, “Metered parking is enforced from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for city-observed holidays.” I then searched to see whether Nov. 29 was considered a part of the Thanksgiving holiday in Raleigh. Another city website proclaimed, “the City of Raleigh will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.”
On East Hargett Street, I encountered a person struggling to figure out the parking pay station. I thought this was odd considering the meters should not be operating during a city holiday. Later, I parked on West Jones Street near the Nature Research Center. This time I stopped by a pay station and entered in several of the parking spot numbers. All spots had been paid for and were counting down the allotted time. This was a very deceiving act by the City of Raleigh because the pay stations should be inactive during a time when metered parking is not enforced.
The city should consider updating the meters so that the public is informed of proper payment procedures.