Town parking meters suspended in 2 lot: Shoppers freed

Parking meter, handicapped space in Water St. lot, June 28, 2011.

No more will you have to fish for change you don't have.

No more will you have return to your car with a ticket.

No more will you have to fool with broken meters in two town lots.

Board of Selectmen logo, Jan. 23, 2013

The selectmen voted unanimously Monday, June 29, to suspend use of meters in the Water Street and Russell Common lots for the rest of the summer, or whenever new meters are installed, expected by the end of August.

"Past point of no return" is how Selectman Steven M. Byrne out it. "Just not worth the headache."

Among other headaches is the fact that too many of the meters are broken to be worth fixing.

Residents who paid $10 for pass to the Wednesday farmers' market will be able to get a refund by going to the selectmen's office, second floor, at Town Hall.

The suspension of using the meters begins immediately.

Here's what continues: If you park at Water Street or Russell Common, you still have a three-hour limit for your stay. Parking officers will be checking.

"So we have some turnover," selectman Diane Mahon said.

The suspensions affect all meters in both lots.

The board had no problem voting, 5-0.

The officials' attitude toward the current meters was clear last October, when the board voted to approve a new, more high-tech approach to parking.

In and near Arlington Center, the town plans to:

* Install meters in 450 new places, and remove them from many current spots (the selectmen's action June 29 affects four meters);

* Introduce demand pricing; that is, it will cost you more for high-demand spots and less for others with lower demand; and

* Establish a parking-benefit district.

The Parking Implementation and Governance Committee has been reviewing proposals from the IPS Group. One is for this unit, which handles parking fees via credit card >>

Oct. 8, 2014: Fresh focus on Center parking draws unanimous selectmen support

This report was published Tuesday, June 30, 2015.