Tag: parking meters

On-street parking sensors make life easier for motorists and cities

On-street parking sensors make life easier for motorists and cities

April 2, 2014

Parking has long been a cash cow for American towns and cities, so it’s only natural that ways to make it more efficient get attention. On-street parking sensors are one way of optimizing parking, allowing cities to effectively manage limited parking spaces and bring in as much revenue as they can —  but there’s something […]

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Should private companies issue parking tickets?

Should private companies issue parking tickets?

January 16, 2014

Since 2010, LAZ Parking’s private officers have been writing thousands of tickets for parking violations in Chicago.  Hired by the city’s private concessionaire, Chicago Parking Meters, LAZ parking has managed to raise over 15 million in revenue to date, leaving some to wonder if there is more than meets the eye. In 2008, Chicago Parking Meters (CPM) […]

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How to fight parking tickets in the age of the app

How to fight parking tickets in the age of the app

January 9, 2014

Last month, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which oversees public transit for the Greater Boston area, mailed more than 27,000 notices to motorists for violations that stretched as far back as 2010. Typically, additional fees are tacked onto parking fines unpaid within the official window of time. If the ticket isn’t paid within 21 […]

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Washington, D.C. earns highest parking ticket revenues per citizen

Washington, D.C. earns highest parking ticket revenues per citizen

January 3, 2014

Each year, American cities balance their budgets, looking to see what’s fattened the wallet and what’s kept it slender. The list can include the collection of development fees, property taxes, and parking and traffic fines. In fact, the latter can be a veritable cash cow for some cities, according to TicketZen. The Boston-based mobile app […]

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New parking meters in Boise will make drivers park on their own time

New parking meters in Boise will make drivers park on their own time

August 1, 2013

One of the many wonderful things that can happen when prowling for parking is finding a spot that still has money left in the parking meter. Not having to pay for that little extra time gives everyone a reason to cheer, except the government of course. The city of Boise, Idaho is introducing new parking […]

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No parking meters in downtown Aurora

No parking meters in downtown Aurora

May 22, 2013

It’s official, parking meters in downtown Aurora (located in Illinois) saw their last sunset on May 13, 2013 as the city finally geared up for a free public parking system. All remaining parking meters were removed and passed on to the Aurora Historical Society. New sign boards that indicate areas which permit parking for 90 […]

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