Cincinnati considers changing its parking system

January 29, 2014 by  

Cincinnati’s parking system needs work, and the city is discussing how to fix it.

It was revealed at the start of the year that Cincinnati loses approximately $9m annually since many meters are broken, parkers pay only 29% of the time on average, and there are not enough parking enforcement officers to deal with the difficulties.

The parking problem affects drivers throughout the entire region, and especially people who live and work in the city itself. People come downtown to watch the Bengals and Reds play, they visit restaurants or go shopping, or go to a movie. The hours the meters are in use, the rates, and the time a person can remain in a slot all have to be regulated precisely to create the turnover necessary to keep a reasonable flow of customers moving to and from the shops.

The city is now debating whether to use the old coin-operated meters, or go to one of the latest technologically improved systems. If the parking system is not upgraded, people will continue to “feed the meter” using coins; an upgrade would mean they could pay with credit cards and add time to the meter by remotely depositing money via phone. Mayor John Cranley has said he would like to see all the meters in the city able to take cards.

The debate is ongoing, with Cincinnati residents highly engaged. Officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer describing their proposals and seeking public input.