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.