Some parking meters along Clayton Street in Athens that are “pay-and-display” will be replaced before the end of the year due to ongoing complaints. The city is replacing the kiosk-style meters with single-space meters, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald.
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“When they were installed on Broad and Clayton streets downtown several years ago, the ‘pay-and-display’ meters represented the state of the art in digital parking technology, allowing downtown visitors to use credit cards and dollar bills, as well as their pocket change, to purchase parking time,” the article reads. “The downside was that each of the kiosk-style meters covered several parking spaces, meaning that in some instances, visitors would have to walk some distance to the nearest parking meter, pay to park, and then return to their car to display the receipt printed at the meter to show how much time was purchased.”
Multiple complaints about the meters have been made to the ADDA, which manages downtown parking. Merchants have also reportedly complained about having to help visitors operate the meters and dealing with visitor complaints about broken meters.
Within the last six years since the meters were installed, “pay-and-display” meters along Broad Street were replaced with single-space meters two years ago. Technology has improved for the single-space meters, which can now also accept credit card payments.
“In addition to the Clayton Street meter installation, new single-space meters will be installed at spaces created with the construction of the Georgia Heights mixed-use development at Lumpkin and Broad streets downtown … Replacement of the pay-and-display meters with 127 new single-space meters is projected to cost $101,250, with funds coming from local sales tax revenue dedicated to downtown infrastructure improvement,” the article reads. “It is expected that the new meters will bring as much as a 20 percent increase in parking revenue over the pay-and-display meters.”