For decades, paying to park on the street meant dropping change into a meter. Now, test locations at intersections in downtown and the
But change brings confusion. Users must learn how to operate the meters on the spot or face surprise parking tickets.
Multi-space meters on a stretch of
That system has caught the ire of
"It's a terrible system," Haas said.
Haas said motorists can easily be confused because it appears that the arrows are pointing to the space itself, which could cause motorists to type the wrong number into the pay station.
"Either take the arrows off ... or use the Clayton system where spaces don't have numbers," Haas said.
Clayton and a few other area cities have also adopted new parking technology, all with slightly different approaches.
City Treasurer Tishaura Jones, who oversees parking in the city, is conducting a six-month study to see which works best. Eventually, one vendor will be chosen and rolled out at street spaces throughout the city.
Jones acknowledges the confusion. For a time, she conceded, the arrows in the spots on Euclid were pointing in the wrong direction, causing motorists to get tickets.
"This is new, and we want everyone's feedback," Jones said.
Jones said anyone who has had problems with the new meters can contact her office, and employees will work with them on a resolution.
The test program ends in July. Users can take a survey on the treasurer's website. Jones said the feedback will make up about 20 percent of her decision on which technology to use throughout the city.
The program is also testing two different mobile parking apps, PassportParking and Parkmobile.
The test locations are now limited to downtown and the
Parking in the city had long been resistant to change.
Jones has worked to modernize the office, and says she isn't there to preserve the status quo.
"I'm not here to hold my job for 30 years like my predecessor," Jones said at a recent meeting with the
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