BRIDGEPORT, CONN., -- Residents will soon be able to whip out their cell phones to find a parking space and then pay for it thanks to a slew of new 21st-century-style meters being installed in downtown Bridgeport.
Mayor Joe Ganim is reminding city residents and businesses that beginning this week, the new, smart parking meters will be up and working on several downtown city blocks.
“This long-overdue change to make downtown Bridgeport more convenient for residents, consumers and businesses is happening just in time for the holiday season,” said Ganim. “After months of work, we are seeing these new parking meters become operational and consumers and businesses will see the benefit. I really look forward to our downtown business and residential customers having a better parking experience due to this new technology.”
Two dozen of the new meters will begin working by the end of the week, and when current work is complete, a total of 111 state-of-the-art parking meters in the central business and government district downtown will be fully operational.
One of the best features of the new meters is the phone app Mobile Now for both Android and IOS phones . The app helps drivers find open spots, allows them to pay by credit or debit card and also features a 911 call button, weather reports, and local news.
But an app is not required to use the large, touch-screen meters that allow for payment by credit and debit cards, as well as with cash.
Connecticut-based LAZ Parking will manage the new parking system that was developed by Municipal Parking Solutions (MPS).
“Bridgeport is on the leading edge of cities that understand the value of advanced parking technology that’s simple to use and convenient, and can provide ease of use to their citizens and local businesses," said Joe Caldwell, chief executive officer of MPS.
Local parking ordinances remain the same. The hours of enforcement are Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Parking is free of charge on Sundays and holidays.