Credit card, smartphone app parking payment options possible in Northampton

Proposal would also allow two-hour parking on Main Street

green parking meter
Green Meter = 1 Hour Max. (Photo Courtesy: Northampton Police Department)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Changes will slowly be implemented in Northampton’s parking system. The city recently commissioned a study that made several recommendations, including adding credit card payment capability.

Mayor David Narkewicz told 22News that they will be starting with the parking kiosks and then moving to the meters. You will also be able to pay with a smartphone app.

Another change would increase the cost to park on Main Street from 75 cents to $1.00 per hour. However, the maximum amount of time you would be allowed to stay in your space would increase from one hour to two hours. Narkewicz said that businesses are looking forward to that.

“Merchants have been talking about how they would love to have two hour parking on Main Street instead of an hour, to allow people more time to do their shopping, have lunch and go to appointments. The goal is to create more vacancies and more turnover on Main Street,” Narkewicz said.

The change still needs to be approved by the Transportation and Parking Commission, and the Northampton City Council.

Narkewicz hopes to have the new payment proposal in place by Bag Day in November, and the new credit card kiosks set up by Janurary.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s