Friday, June 7, 2013

PARKatlanta expects pay-by-phone parking 'within the next 90 days'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

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PARKatlanta has received plenty of flak in recent years - much of it warranted. But the ruthless ticketing empire is actually rolling out some changes that might make life easier for people who dare park in one of its spaces.

The parking management company recently installed around 600 new single-space pay meters in Fairlie-Poplar, Downtown, Sweet Auburn, Buckhead, and Virginia-Highland. The move replaces a large portion of PARKatlanta's 2,500 total meters.

Anderson Moore, Vice President of operations for PARKatlanta's parent company Duncan Solutions, says the new machines accept credit and debit cards, an upgrade over the older coin-only meters.

"It was always in our plans to upgrade the meter equipment," Moore tells CL. "It's difficult to expect people to have eight quarters for two hours of parking."

The new meters are solar-powered and contain real-time wireless communications, which PARKatlanta says will help lower maintenance costs and allow them to better enforce parking violations. Moore says some of the older coin-operated meters will remain, but additional state-of-the-art meters will be installed in the future.

In addition, PARKatlanta is in the "final stages" of bringing pay-by-phone parking to the city. Moore says that the company has been working with City Hall and - barring any unforeseen delays - expects to see the technology in Atlanta "within the next 90 days."

The new pay-by-phone technology, which will likely be created by a local app developer, would send a notification text to motorists when their meter was set to expire. It would then give them the option to remotely refill meters and add more time.

"By adding [pay-by-phone parking], this hopefully allow people to make option they want to make rather than take the gamble with a citation," Moore says.

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