Boise’s Parking Czar, John Eichman, is experimenting with a parking system that is common throughout Europe and much of the progressive USA–California and Florida are rime examples.
Instead of the old fashioned coin-op meters, the new (to Boise) system spits out expiration times based on how much time you buy–paying with coins, bills, or plastic cards at a central pay station. Place the receipt on your dash and race back to beat the metermaid or butler.
It takes a bit of getting used to, but the upside is only a couple meters per block, fewer devices to change when the rates increase, and a fraction of the collection points. Done right, the system is great. We caution the city to make enough pay stations convenient so motorists are not searching for a place to pay.
The sample at right is in Paris, but most of them are similar in design and function. First test market will be in front of City Hall, according to the Parking Czar.
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