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Time to Remove the Parking Meters

Typical Waltham Parking Meter
Typical Waltham Parking Meter
I parked on Main Street today,  climbed over a snowbank and was confronted yet again by a parking meter that belongs in a recycling bin.

Here's what I think:  1. It is utterly irresponsible for anyone in town government to call this a "parking meter." 2. We should get rid of all meters in town and instead allow residents to park for 1 or 2 hours at no charge; 3. if we are determined to collect parking fees, introduce a kiosk system everywhere. 4. Immediately remove all meters that are foggy or otherwise disgusting and/or are not accompanied by signs clearly stating required payments and operating hours; 5. sharply reduce the fines for meter overtime as $25 is regressive, representing more than three hours' labor for the many minimum wage earners who call Waltham home.  
Joe Vizard February 06, 2014 at 06:32 PM
They should be gone by the summer. http://waltham.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/the-end-of-parking-meters-on-main-street-in-waltham
Frosty the Snowman February 06, 2014 at 11:28 PM
I agree that equipment should be labeled clearly and working properly. But don't cry poor mouth about a fine for not paying a meter, if you want to park on Main St. bring your quarters and be aware of your time. $25 is fair, if it's less more people will take the chance of running into the store without feeding the meter.
charliemingus February 07, 2014 at 07:32 AM
I agree that the Waltham meters belong in the Museum of Archaic Equipment. A one hour free parking period would benefit business and make coming downtown more attractive. If nothing ekse, add those meters, like in Brookline and Boston, where you can use a credit card.
WHSHawk February 07, 2014 at 07:44 AM
$25 is kind of the norm. In many communities it's much more for violating other parking restrictions. (Loading zones, resident parking, parking that changes based on time of day, etc)
JohnnyMass February 07, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Why can I park on lower Moody St. for free, but have to pay to run into the Spruce St. Post Office, with meter maids lurking in the parking lot like the hawks who pick off the pigeons in my yard? I don't patronize lower Moody, anyway. It's all ethnic stuff, and the whole area has a post-war Dresden look about it.
charliemingus February 07, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Well put, JohnnyMass!
Jen P February 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM
The problem with the foggy meters is you can't tell how much time you've purchased with your quarters. I've had ones that have frozen up and despite my coins and dispute with the City, I still had to pay the $25 fine.
Tim H February 07, 2014 at 02:07 PM
@Berl, it sounds like the credit card meters are coming. See blog: http://waltham.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/when-will-you-be-able-to-pay-for-waltham-parking-using-debit-cards

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