The last of the Parking Meter Task Force's recommendations will be completed on Monday, June 10 with the implementation of a "pay by space" parking system in the Town-owned lots. Users of the multi-space meters will no longer have to return to their vehicle and leave a receipt on the dashboard. All spaces will now have numbers assigned. At the meter, parkers will simply enter the space number, the desired amount of time and the payment method. The machines will continue to accept coins, cash, credit cards and debit cards.
Town Administrator Mel Kleckner believes that this action represents another promise kept to improve the user experience with the Town's parking meter system. "The public provided us with much feedback about the multi-space meters and I believe we have responded in a positive and effective manner", Mr. Kleckner noted. "These changes will improve the overall perception of the technology, provide additional convenience for the public and lessen the maintenance requirements for the overall system."
In 2011, the Town of Brookline upgraded its 2,500-metered parking spaces to provide additional payment options, ensure a regular turnover of spaces in high demand areas, and improve municipal maintenance and collection operations. These changes included the installation of multi-space meters in commercial centers and parking lots in Coolidge Corner, JFK Crossing, St. Mary's, and Washington Square Commercial District. Based on feedback and recommendations from the public, the multi-space meters located on the street have been replaced with single-space meters with newer technology accepting multiple payment types. Some of the surplus multi-space meter machines have been added to the parking lots in order to reduce congestion and wait times.
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