Late last year we discussed parking technologies and the pilot program of smart metering that was implemented around Linn Park downtown. Those high-tech meters–solar powered, accepting credit cards, remotely programmable for different times of day and week, etc.–are now gone. Instead, above we see standard old-fashioned meters once again lining Park Place, and a blank sign post which used to say “pay here” standing next to the empty concrete pad which held the machine.
Does anyone know if the pilot program was deemed successful, and whether this is a temporary regression before rolling out new technology across the city? Or is this an indication of something else? While this is just one piece of upgrading our urban parking system, it’s a vital one.