Photo: Parking Enforcement Officer Larry MacDonald assisting a resident with the new parking meter.
It’s a warm market day, and a resident was caught off guard attempting to pay to park in the municipal lot in Belmont Center.
“This doesn’t look familiar,” she said to Larry Macdonald, one of Belmont’s parking enforcement officers, as she viewed a new and entirely different looking parking meter.
Unlike the former ones that only took one dollar bills and coins, the new meters – installed three weeks ago – still takes currency but now provides residents the convenience of accepting card cards.
“They love the credit cards,” said MacDonald. That is what people like the best; they don’t need to carry quarters around with them.”
But for all the ease of using a credit card, those purchasing tickets still have to display them on the driver’s side dashboard.
Belmont bought three meters from Integrated Technical Systems as part of a revamped parking plan for Belmont Center and after the renovation of the Waverley Square lot rebuilt during the Trapelo/Belmont Corridor Project.
Two meters are in the Claflin Street Parking Lot; one uses solar energy and the other electric. The other meter is in the lot adjacent to the Waverley Commuter Rail station.
The town’s contract with ITS is for two years for software maintenance, online reporting and credit card processing, which is performed via a cellular link to the company.