vincentpa wrote:ot even two years later, the city has installed new street parking collection machines that take credit cards that have tripled parking income. People are just more willing to use the machines instead of the old style meters. What a wonder, huh!
Actually, I doubt that is the biggest reason.
Old meter. You are the first person of the day to pull into the spot. How long will you need to park?
So you put in an hour and get done in a half hour.
The second person shows up and there is still a half hour on the meter, so maybe he adds a little or maybe if he knows he will only be a few minutes, he adds nothing and thanks the guy that paid before.
And at the end of the day, that spot can only have charged say 10 hours.
Now with the new system.
First guy pays an hour and uses half.
Second guy pays a half hour and uses 10 minutes.
Third guy over pays.
And so on.
For a busy spot with short stays, they may charge 20 or more hours for a meter that operates 10 hours. They are selling the same time repeatedly now with the new system. I'll bet it's at least double for the high use areas. Not a factor of 3, but a big part of it. Maybe all of it is people overpay a lot more when it's not coins and just a couple more clicks on a key pad.
It pisses me off every time. I have no problem over paying knowing that the next guy will get the benefit just like sometimes I get the benefit from someone else over paying. It all evens out. However with the new meters, all your overpay goes to the government and not to your fellow citizens and it never evens out and your average parking cost has gone up a lot even without a rate change.
On the, I still can't believe it happened. I have gotten 2 parking tickets in Chicago. Both were bogus tickets. The first, the meter was broke and I had no time to find one that wasn't. The second was simple not a metered area. It's not always clear what is metered with these new credit card meters. And the ticket came back as if I was parked on a section of Lake Shore Drive that is not possible to park on
However, given it was the only time I was in Chicago that month, I knew where I had been parked. It was also a "photo" ticket, which means, I got it in the mail and had no idea that I had gotten a ticket at all until I got it in the mail a month or so later and all the ticket showed was my license plate which could have just as easily been taken in my driveway. If I had gone into the city multiple times, I would have had no clue where I was when they gave me the ticket.
I appealed both tickets in writing and here's the part I can't believe, I won both appeals
I also got a parking ticket in Georgia because I had Yankee tags on my truck. Dozens of cars parked in a line along the side of the road. Only the one from PA and NY were parked illegally
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