Prices are rising in downtown Portland’s five SmartPark garages as the city tries to make more room for potential shoppers. 

The city’s $2 price hike for long-term parking takes effect Monday. Portland Bureau of Transportation Spokesman Dylan Rivera said local businesses asked for the price hike, as they were concerned that having garages packed with the same cars all day might deter customers.  

“All day parkers, we think, were crowding out the folks who were trying just to reach a shop or their favorite restaurant for a short stay,” said Rivera. “And we want to focus those garages on those sorts of trips.”

Garages had been charging a daily rate ranging from $14 to $18. All those rates will go up by $2. 

Short-term prices will stay at $1.80 an hour for the first three hours and $2 for the fourth hour. After that, long-term parking rates kick in.