Poll: Changing Easton's Parking Hours

Easton could alter the hours on its downtown parking meters. What do you think?

Easton's parking study to the city's parking rates and rules.

Among them: altering Easton's parking enforcement hours at meters, so they'd run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., rather than 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Personally, I like the way things are now; I like the idea of being able to go Downtown after 6 in the evening and not to worry about whether I have quarters. 

But that's just me. What do you think? Take our poll below, and tell us what you think in the comments.

Jerry Thomas May 06, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Disgusted! All I know was that when I went to enjoy downtown today, I parked on Northampton St between 4th and 5th St. and put a quarter in the meter and the 12 minutes that were showing did not change to 42 minutes. I had to get back into my car and look for another parking space. What kind of "SMART" meters are these? I guess they are smart enough to take your money and give you nothing in return. Also it was noted that you could only park the maximum time. Not sure what the maximum time was because it is not denoted on the meter. And if the maximum time is two or three hours, that is not enough time to enjoy the Sigal Museum, a meal or most of the downtown activities. I guess I will have to continue looking out of center city for my shopping and entertainment. Thank you Easton for being so money hungry! A disgusted Eastonian.
R.D. Frable May 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Christina Georgiou May 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
@R.D. Frable: Actually, that's Sundays that is currently free for street parking. Though that is one of the things that is being discussed as possibly changing. But Saturdays are definitely active for metered street parking. @Jerry Thomas: If the meter you parked at was red, it's a 'short-term' meter, and it won't go beyond a short limit which might well be 12 minutes. But there are also those meters that just don't 'like' some quarters too--I've met those meters too. The police say those smart meters count the quarters even when they're not properly registered. Though I don't know really how that does anyone any good, unless one wants to track someone down and likely spend the better part of an hour trying to recover a quarter or two. And you're right, the current notice on the meters regarding time limits is fairly atrocious. Hoping that's going to be part of the 'better signage' I've heard our mayor say (rightly) we need.
R.D. Frable May 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Then how can I convince someone close to me who brings me Downtown generally only for take-out food to stop harassing me about feeding the meter *during what is apparently its active hours* just because they've never been ticketed *even though one day when I DID feed it* **a meter checker came through** ***while they were parked and waiting for me** ****and they TOLD me that all of that happened**** They're just (and I'm very sorry to say this) old-age forgetful and can't remember anything that happened in their own neighborhood from one day to the next but DO remember what Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck or Mark Levin or Professor Savage said on WAEB AM 790 three days before. I really wish I didn't have to live anywhere near them, but why that isn't possible I can't discuss here.
Jerry Thomas May 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM
It was not a "red" meter and from talking with folks that work and visit downtown often, this is apparently not an uncommon event. I'm not sure how the system works, but I was told that there are sensors to detect vehicles in the space and this is supposed to cause some series of events. Seems like these systems are not working consistently and the city is raking in the money while the user gets frustrated. I have no plans to spend my time looking for my quarter back while I get a ticket for an expired meter. BTW, I did read the meter and it stated that Sunday is the "free" day and that money was expected on Saturday. Again a chance for the government to get more money at the expense of the patrons and businesses. I wonder when they will force malls to have meters so they can get a cut? Sorry, but there is no excuse for driving customers out.


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