Boston, a city of creativity.
First up: Solar-powered trash cans (that will burn off your arm if you stick it in, too far).
Second up: CharlieCards (not so good if you’re slow).
Now: High-tech parking meters.
At first, I didn’t understand why we needed new meters. I mean, really, it’s a parking meter. You put a quarter in, you park for fifteen minutes.
But, after using one, I love it!
It’s like a parking meter, times ten!
You can use a quarter, a dollar bill, or a credit card.
So many choices!
(I’m being dead serious, btw).
My only complaint? Only that it is hard to see the screens at night – it’s LCD not LED.
Well, not everyone is happy (natch).
Apparently, the machines don’t do a very good job of accepting dollar bills. And, sometimes credit cards don’t work (user error?). Plus, people are having a hard time understanding how to put the receipt in their car windows. (?!)
A couple of people have complained that, if they use a dollar bill, they don’t get any change. If they only want to park for twenty minutes, they end up paying $1.00 for an hour, instead of just the $.50 due.
Well, obviously, the solution is to carry a roll of quarters, just like you did, in the past.
The other issue people have is that you don’t get any “freebies” – you used to get lucky and park and find 20 minutes left on the meter and be able to get away with paying nothing.
Yeah, that’s too bad. But, I mean. Really.
I like that these meters are more durable. I like that they don’t have to be emptied as quickly. I like that they look better.