New “Smart” Parking Meters Coming To Downtown Boone

*For an update on parking in downtown between March 25-May 1 see this link*

Downtown Boone will begin the process of installing “smart” parking meters the week of March 23. Town of Boone staff and IPS Group Parking & Telecommunications will begin the process of installing the new meters for on-street parking in downtown and the installation process will take several days to complete, according to Virginia Falck with the Town of Boone.

Over the next several days brochures will be delivered to downtown businesses to provide information about the new smart meters to both business owners and customers.

According to a website to provide information about the smart meters, they will accept credit and debit cards and provide the parking management team with real-time data regarding parking frequencies, payments, and occupancy volume. This data will be used to examine the future parking needs of downtown Boone.

Below is pertinent information about the new parking management system:
On-street parking on King, Depot, and Howard streets will be $1 per hour Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
One hour parking will remain in effect Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and two hour parking will remain in effect on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Queen Street meters will remain $.50 per hour up for up to three hours Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
There is no parking enforcement on Sundays.
The new smart meters will accept coins, credit and debit cards.
Visitors may go back and feed the smart meter before or as their time expires, and they will not be required to move their vehicle to a new parking space.
Parking validations will no longer be accepted.

The site goes on to say “Following many years of community dialog regarding parking in downtown Boone, a parking task force composed of community and business leaders was formed and made recommendations to the Boone Town Council in June 2010. With these recommendations from the parking task force and recommendations from the Downtown Boone Development Association, the Boone Town Council made the decision to install smart parking meters for on-street parking in downtown at the September 2013 Town Council meeting.”

For more information visit the website.

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