The Williamsport Parking Authority installations of multi-space parking meters occurred in September. The new meters replaced 60 single-space parking meters in two downtown parking lots. The installation signifies the beginning of the new metered parking that will become the standard in most of Williamsport parking lots. Effective Monday, October 5, 2015 Parking Lots “B” & “O” located on Market Street adjacent to the James V. Brown Library, will feature the new pay-by-plate technology that requires customers to pay at a centralized machine to park in the lots.
“Similar to most parking garages, customers will find the process an improvement over the antiquated, coin dependent machines found on streets and in other lots,” said Todd Wright, Contract Services Manager. “Customers will simply enter their license plate numbers into the meter’s keypad, select their desired parking time, pay for it by coin or credit card and go on their way.” The new technology has been successfully implemented in other cities. Additionally, there is a smart phone app that allows users to pay for parking without visiting the kiosk pay machine. Way To Park app can be used to remotely add time to their meters when and if necessary, without having to be physically at the lot. “So if you only purchased an hour of time and are in a meeting, you can use your phone to add time so you won’t be in violation,” noted Wright.
Parking Authority staff members will be on hand in Lot B to demonstrate the new meter functions on Friday, October 2 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The public is encouraged to attend the informational presentations. Key fobs with space for patrons to record their license plate data for reference during the parking transacin will be given to those attending.
The new-generation kiosks will replace individual meters and are slated to be installed at Lot E (corner of Hepburn and Fourth Streets), Trade & Transit II Plaza (between Laurel and William Streets next to the Cell Block building) and on Lot L (Fourth and Court Streets.)