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took over the new garage, the equipment came with it. The builder bought the sys- tem to meet a very general spec. The on- site electrician installed the equipment. He handed a user’s manual to the owner and walked away. This owner hated the equipment from day one. So, the moral to the story – the


most important part of a new revenue control system is the support that comes with it, from the local installer, and from the factory.


Well, Duh ... (Posted Feb. 28)


The town of Havre de Grace, MD, PLAZA TOLL BOOTH


has a problem. Officials thought they did- n’t have enough parking. So they hired a consultant and guess what? They have plenty of parking. Before you read any further, take a moment, reflect on down- town parking, and see if you can deduce what the problem is. Tick tock Tick tock. OK, I will let you know that you are


right. Yep – people who worked down- town were taking all the short-term on- street spaces, and customers had no place to park. There are rules in place that say you can stay only a limited amount of time in on-street spaces, but they really weren’t being enforced. The consultant gently told the city


officials that it understood that enforce- ment was a problem, but to fix their park- ing issue, enforce they must.


best. But when you are enforcing a time limit and it involves chalking either elec- tronic or manual, it becomes more and more difficult. However, if you charge for parking, and have a trusty meter there to tell the officer that a person is over time, things can become much more clear. Plus, the money could be used to pay


for the enforcement, and any leftover could go to that new sidewalk or those street lights or whatever other project the locals may have in mind. If they are not enforcing now, my guess that adding fees plus enforcement is a nonstarter. Can’t someone write a letter to all


cities in the U.S. and have the heading say:


You Probably Have More Park-


ing Than You Think. Local Workers Are Taking the Spaces That Could Be Used for Customers and Visitors. There Are a Bunch ofWays to Fix It. See This Letter for a List. My guess is few would read it and


fewer still would believe it. JVH You could have read these entries


when they were originally posted at Parking Today’s Blog – and commented, if you liked – by logging on to www.parkingtoday.com and clicking on “blog.” JVH updates the blog almost every day.


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Ace Parking Expands Operations to its 7th State


Ace Parking Management, Inc., one of North America’s largest privately-owned


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