Almost a year since the City of Ithaca started replacing parking meters with solar-powered paystations and a smartphone app, drawing confusion and complaints, city officials say they’re adding a new option: pre-paid scratch-off parking tags.
About 40 solar powered parking meters have popped up around the City of Niagara Falls – effectively turning free parking spots into paid ones. Depending on the season, you could pay as much as $3 an hour.
Drivers in Pennsylvania will no longer be required to put registration stickers on their cars starting next year, and police will instead use new technology that scans license plates for information.
You turn the wheel hesitantly and crane your neck to look for any available parking down the street. The person behind you honks irritably. Feeling pressured, you impulsively turn onto the side street. As you do, you glimpse a free space on the street you just left — and it’s taken by the time you circle around again.
Orlando would not have applied to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge if it didn’t think it had a good shot at winning. And looking at the ways in which the city has already taken a focus on innovative transportation, you can see why officials are pretty confident.
Westfield operator Scentre Group has removed the SMS notification feature of its ticketless parking service after being alerted to a potential privacy breach that could have allowed anyone to track someone else’s vehicle.
The influence of Donald Shoup’s classic book, “The High Cost of Free Parking,” is becoming more and more apparent in more and more cities around the country.
The Medford Transcript continues its look at Medford’s Pay-to-Park program, a year in, and the mixed reactions by business owners on its success.