UPDATE: Following a public outcry led by retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez, the city has revamped Downtown meter parking regulations including the length of stay before a transaction must occur and lowering of a fine from $40 to $25. The new policy starts Monday, June 19 at 8 am, according to mayoral aide Ed Adams.
News release from mayor’s office:
The City of Bridgeport today announced that the parameters for the grace period and fines of the Parking Meters will be adjusted. Based on feedback from the business community, local visitors, and downtown residents, the city has determined a need to modify the new parking meters. The City is also pleased to roll out the MPS Parking Meter mobile application, Sentry Mobile. This free innovative mobile application allows residents to see available parking spaces and buy time on an MPS Parking Meter with the meter display instantly updating to show the time remaining.
Changes to Parking Meter Rules
The City of Bridgeport has made four (4) changes to make the meters more visitor and business friendly. The period of time that a driver can be parked in a space before a violation is issued will be extend from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the driver must insert payment of twenty-five cents per quarter hour, or vacate the space. Additionally, the period of time that a driver can be parked in a space after their paid time has run out will also be extended from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes post the paid-for time, the driver must insert payment of twenty five cents per quarter hour if the time has not been exceeded, or vacate the space. All parking meter fines will be reduced from $40 to $25 per violation. Finally, the stay time for all parking meters will be extended from 2 hours to 4 hours. Parking will remain free on Sundays, holidays, and every day after 6:00pm.
The Sentry Mobile application is available in the APP Store for free. When the application is opened for the first time, users will be prompted to register by entering their name and email address and password. Once that is complete, users will have the opportunity to add money to their account from $10 to $50 using a credit or debit card. In order to pay for time on the meter, users must select the number of the meter where they are parking and then enter their license plate number. They will also select the amount of time they plan to stay from 15 minutes to the maximum allowed time, two hours. There is also a notice at the bottom of this screen informing the user that free parking starts at 6:00 p.m. Other features include an easy to view map of nearby meters including the parking spaces available.