Parking machines to replace meters downtown this spring

Pay-by-plate machines to replace meters

The City of Burlington provides more than 1,400 municipal public parking spaces in downtown Burlington to serve the needs of business, special events, tourism and visitors. In 2016, the
convenience of parking downtown will be made even easier with the installation of new pay-by-plate parking machines throughout the downtown.

The new parking machines will replace the 300 individual street parking meters. Each new station will manage multiple parking spaces. The same machines will also be installed at municipal parking lots in the downtown.

Features of the new pay-by-plate parking stations include:

• Payment by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard and Amex)
• A new mobile app that enables users to add time to their initial purchase remotely from a mobile device
• Wireless monthly parking permits and the ability to renew permits online instead of in-person
• No longer a need to display paper parking receipts on the dashboard

Installation of the new parking stations is anticipated in spring 2016. The street parking meters will be replaced first, followed by the parking machines in the municipal parking lots.

So what’s going to happen to all those old meter poles? City staff are looking to use about 35 of them as refurbished bike racks. Got an idea for where the bike racks should be? Leave it below.


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Why not give other residents an opportunity to make use of these meters besides cyclists (many of whom abuse their privileges by running stop signs, driving on sidewalks and cutting in and out of traffic with impunity) There is set up on the south side of Ghent just west of Brant a pole with a doggy bag dispenser and a garbage container for pet refuse that really makes a lot of sense and as far as I know is the ONLY one to be found in downtown Burlington. Considering the high number of apartment / condo residents who regularily walk their dogs as they have no yards for them it is a tremendous benefit – not only for the dog owners but all residents who have to navigate an otherwise fecal minefield. I am very sure that if more of these were in use the benefits would exceed and wayyy outnumber the need for excessive bike racks!
    And to the person who came up with this idea originally I take my hat off to you and offer congratulations.

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