When they were installed several years ago, the “pay-and-display” multiple-space parking meters on Broad and Clayton streets in downtown Athens were state of the art in parking meter technology. Unfortunately, they’ve turned out to be a pain in the asphalt — frustrating residents, visitors, and in turn, downtown merchants.
The Indiana Toll Road lease is an example of privatization done right. A break-even-at-best highway was improved with wider lanes and electronic toll collection, while the state collected $3.9 billion to spend on critical infrastructure.
Bonds that financed the lease of the parking system for Harrisburg, which helped solve the fiscal crisis in the Pennsylvania capital, were cut to junk by S&P Global Ratings because of lower than expected revenue.
If the Billings City Council gives its approval next month, smart parking meters — those that accept payment from credit cards and smart phones — will be installed on selected streets in downtown Billings.
Pretty soon you won’t have to go digging around for loose change when you want to park in downtown St. Pete.
Beginning early July, 400 solar-powered Smart Meters will be installed along two busy corridors in downtown St. Petersburg along Beach Drive and Central Avenue.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – There’s a new way to help the homeless in downtown West Palm Beach. The city’s is introducing machines that look like parking meters. But when you deposit coins or a credit card the money goes straight to the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County.