The Town of Chapel Hill's parking lots are transitioning to a pre-paid system.

Pucker up and pay up front: Chapel Hill is changing downtown parking payments

Goodbye time tickets, hello prepay: the Town of Chapel Hill's Lots to Love campaign is gearing up to try and transform parking downtown and your attitude toward it.

“The switch is more than just moving from the old system to these new meters. It’s all one big initiative to create positive interactions with parking,” said Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist for the town.

Lots of Love launched in late April, marking the switch in how you pay for parking and introducing the Park on the Hill Kissing Contest on Instagram.


Parking

Parking is an often-debated topic at UNC and in the surrounding community, specifically regarding parking fees on campus and parking shortages in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Night parking and the parking permit lottery are often discussed. Parking meter fees and parking ticket fines are expected to rake in a total of $644,000 for Chapel Hill from 2014-15.

The town of Chapel Hill, The Chapel Hill / Orange County Visitor's Bureau and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership worked together to debut Park on the Hill, a website that lists all available parking areas in downtown Chapel Hill.

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A parking new plan, in it’s early stages, would put an end to free parking on campus after 5pm.

Administration reviews 5-year plan for parking on campus

The advisory committee on transportation and parking is considering concerns from various groups on UNC’s campus, including the Employee Forum, regarding charging for nighttime parking and other potential changes under UNC’s next five-year parking plan.


Franklin Hotel relocates parking to public lot

Chapel Hill drivers last week lost 40 free public parking spots to guests of The Franklin Hotel. While the hotel’s garage is closed for repairs, guest parking has been relocated to the previously metered lot behind Chipotle on Franklin Street.