New Solar-Powered Parking Meters That Take Credit Cards To Be Installed Downtown In January

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New parking meters that will accept credit cards and smart cards will be installed downtown in January, CARTA officials said Thursday.

There will be 40 new multi-space meters and 600 new single-pole meters, Brent Matthews, parking director, said.

He said the meters will cover some 900 downtown parking spots.

Mr. Matthews said they will be placed along Broad Street, Market Street and other main thoroughfares. The current style meters will continue to be used in less-traveled areas, he said.

All of the new meters are solar powered. The older-style meters are hard wired into the electric system.

Mr. Matthews said downtown parking smart cards should be ready by summer. He said those using the cards can pay to pre-load them with a specific amount of time to be utilized at the meters.

He said, "The new meters will give more options to pay - whether by money, credit card, cellphone or smart card."

Mr. Matthews said the new parking "ambassadors" are taking in enough revenue to more than cover the $40,000 per month payment that has been promised to the city for 24 months.

He said multi-space meters on the North Shore and Riverfront Parkway are enforced from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Multi-space and single-head meters downtown are enforced from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For both the price remains 75 cents per hour and the maximum stay is two hours. 

 

 

 


Police Blotter: Man Forgets To Pump Gas; Next Customer Gets It; Officers Deal With Chili Dispute

A clerk at the Kangaroo Express on Shallowford Road said a man paid for his gas, but he was busy talking on his cell phone and he left without pumping it. An alert follow-up customer got the first man's gas. The man who had paid returned a short time later. The clerk informed him that there was nothing she could do for him. The clerk said the man vowed to "send his boys ... (click for more)

Audio Of County Commission Meeting 9/17/14

Candidates Should State Facts, Not Fiction

At a recent forum for candidates for the Signal Mountain Town Council, one candidate, Mr. Chris Howley, discussed a number of issues and presented “facts” using incorrect or misleading statements.   Here are several issues that should be clarified: 1.       On the road up the mountain:   “I called TDOT.   I talked to Ken Flynn.   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)

Hixson Claims Top Spot In 6-AA With Win At Central

Hixson and Central entered their volleyball match on Tuesday tied for first place in District 6-AA as both were unbeaten in three matches. The Lady Wildcats have that top spot all to themselves after pinning a 3-1 defeat on the Lady Pounders in a match held at Brown Middle School's Carole Wilson Gymnasium. Hixson won the first set with ease by a score of 25-12 before winning ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Whips Silverdale, 3-0, In 5-A Volleyball

The effects of losing six straight matches – a league loss to Grace Baptist and five in the Tennessee Tandem tournament – were still bothering Silverdale Baptist Academy in a District 5-A volleyball match at Boyd-Buchanan. But not nearly as much as the Lady Bucs’ sterling play. Boyd-Buchanan (23-13, 5-1 District 5-A), which also lost to Grace last Thursday, gained momentum ... (click for more)