Bridgeport’s prehistoric coin-operated Downtown parking meters have finally gone the way of the 8-track player. Fulfilling a campaign promise from 2015, Mayor Joe Ganim this week provided Star 99.9’s Kevin Begley a tutorial on operating the modern meters, across from the Margaret Morton Government Center on Broad Street. See attached video.
A max of two hours is allowed via coin, credit and debit cards. Additional info from the city:
Key Smart Parking System features include:
1. Flexible payment options including coin, credit and debit cards, and coming soon, mobile payment using the “MobileNow®” application.
2. Public safety features including 911 call button, community service messaging, including weather alerts, local news and merchant promotions.
3. Easy to navigate, high-definition touch screen display that allows for a comfortable user experience.
4. Multi Language User Interface. The user interface can accommodate English, Spanish and Korean. Voice guidance to accommodate users with their parking experience.
5. Help video with instruction on how to use the meter by the Mayor and Star 99.9’s Kevin Begley
The City of Bridgeport has chosen Connecticut-based LAZ Parking as the vendor to manage its new parking system. The technology was developed by the firm Municipal Parking Solutions (MPS), which will provide the new meters technical support for them. Complus Data Innovations, Inc. will oversee violation management and collections. LAZ, MPS and Complus will work jointly to provide a managed parking solution for all city parking meters.
The City of Bridgeport is reminding residents of the parking ordinances that will be independently enforced with the use of cameras on the meters. Parking rules are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the exception of the 12 holidays observed.