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Which On-Street Revenue System Should I Buy?


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ARKINGTODAY REACHED OUT TOA DOZEN ON-STREET SUPPLIERSANDASKED FOR short, bullet-point-type reasons organizations with on-street parking should buy their products.We then combined the reasons and print them here. The companies responding and their websites are at the end of the article. Editor


Single-spacemeter


• Single-space metering is the most convenient parking option for motorists, especially in cold cli- mates – pay where you park.


•They are simple to use – insert pay- ment and see your purchased time appear on the display.


• They are simple to enforce – just drive by or walk by looking for the red “Expired” signal.At night, this is a blinking red LED, even easier to see from a distance. (Enforce- ability, by the way, is a very big factor in a successful paid-parking system.)


•They can easily integratewith other technologies, such as pay-by-cell and vehicle detection systems.


• If a meter is sitting in front of your parking space, there is no doubt


“I didn’t know this was a paid- parking area”


you should pay or at least read the enforcement hours/days on the sign or meter decal. One can’t use the excuse, “I didn’t know this was a paid-parking area.”


• If one meter malfunctions or is vandalized, you can park at anoth- er nearby. Only one parking space is affected.


• They are easily upgraded, allowing a city to recycle their housingswith new internal mechanisms, paint andVictorian-type poles. •They are extremely reliable.


With credit card option


• A single-space meter mechanism can accept payment by coin, credit


Continued on Page 38 36 FEBRUARY 2010 • PARKING TODAY • www.parkingtoday.com


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