Visitors to the heart of downtown will have to shell out an additional quarter per hour as of Sept. 30.
Rates in the “purple zone” will increase from $1.00 to $1.25 for hourly parking, 25 cents to 50 cents for 15-minute spaces and 50 cents to 75 cents for 30-minute parking spaces.
The purple zone includes the area bounded by Morgan, Wilmington, Lenoir and Salisbury streets, with Fayetteville Street running through the middle.
Rates in other parts of the city have remained unchanged. The increase was included as part of the budget that was adopted in June.