Downtown parking meters along Morton Street came online today.
The meters were turned on at 8 a.m. after being shut down on July 8 after computer glitches charged customers incorrect amounts for the credit card convenience fee.
Bloomington Public Works Director Susie Johnson says the city needs a small test area to make sure that they do not have any more problems before the system goes citywide.
The next round of meters is scheduled to come online August 15.
Johnson says the city is doing its best to inform people about their parking options.
“We continue to update our website. We’ve developed some handouts that will be given directly to our downtown merchants,” Johnsons says.
Johnson expects that the on-street parking meters will be utilized by people that need short-term parking.
She recommends people that need longer term parking downtown use the 4th Street and Walnut Street garages.
In total 1,470 parking meters are planned to be online before the end of the summer.