City officials test new parking meters with apps

November 09, 2018 09:40 AM

Many of you have been complaining about parking in downtown Rochester for years. City officials have a plan they say will make it easier.

The city is testing new parking meters with apps. The new meters are also made to take credit cards and coins.

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This is, of course, a big change. Let's say you're running late to a meeting downtown, with the app-technology, you can park and go inside your meeting and use the app to add money to the meter using a credit or debit card.

Right now, these new meters are near Washington Square Park, City Hall, and the Little Theatre.

A lot of people have complained about the price of parking downtown, but the rates will stay the same. It costs $1 for 30 minutes and you're only able to add two hours at a time.

The app will allow you to add time remotely instead of returning to the meter.

Alex Yudelson, chief of staff at the City of Rochester, says the whole goal of the app technology meters is to make parking more simple for everyone.

"It's about convenience...making people's lives easier," Yudelson said. "Ultimately, it's going to be a steep investment for us to be able to get there for all of the meters but we're hoping with community support we can find a solution here."

City officials plan to test out these meters until Dec. 8.

City officials are looking for your feedback on these new meters. You can take the survey to tell them what you think.

After officials hear your thoughts, they plan to make a decision on when they will convert all the meters. Officials will need to choose a company and put out the bid for the new meters.


Kaci Jones

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