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The City of Boise is seeking feedback on two different parking meter systems recently installed in downtown Boise.


The first is a set of single-head electronic meters that have been installed in front of City Hall, on Bannock Street, and on 8th Street between Idaho and Bannock. The second is a multi-space meter that has been installed throughout BoDo south of Front Street. The single-head system operates similarly to Boise’s current meters, with one meter for each parking spot, while the multi-space meter uses a centralized system where parking for a number of spaces can be purchased at a nearby kiosk.


Both systems are solar powered, take credit/debit cards and allow two hours of parking -- one hour more than has been offered previously in the downtown core. Both meters still offer the first 20 minutes for free.

The City has set up an online survey to gauge public response to the two trial systems. The survey can be found at this link or by visiting the City’s website at CityofBoise.org from your computer or smart phone. If you don’t have internet access, call the Mayor’s Office at 384-4422 and a hard copy of the survey will be mailed to you. The results of the survey will be used along with data gathered from the meters themselves to inform what types of meters the city should use in the future.

Here is the link to the original release.

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  •  better idea: hand-powered ones. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, FarWestGirl

    You put in a coin and turn a knob that winds up a mechanical timer.  

    No excessive computerization, no confusing nonsense, no expensive crap to maintain, and that makes it greener than powering an overly-complicated mess with solar.

    As for those "kiosks," they are a booby-trap whereby a predictable percentage of people won't know to look for them or won't be able to figure out how to operate them, and will end up with parking tickets.  And printing out a little receipt to stick on your window means consuming paper in large quantities that would otherwise not be needed.

    Just say No to booby-traps and other forms of predatory public infrastructure.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Thu May 03, 2012 at 01:31:53 PM PDT

  •  If it rains can you park free? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Romney '12: The Power of Crass Commands You!

    by Rich in PA on Thu May 03, 2012 at 02:06:31 PM PDT

    •  Batteries will probably run them for a week or (0+ / 0-)

      more, and most solar cells will produce up to 50 % even when it's overcast. :-)

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Thu May 03, 2012 at 06:22:28 PM PDT

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