City Plans To Put Downtown Parking Meters Online Next Week

New parking meters along Morton Street in downtown Bloomington are online — but city officials say they’re still educating the public on how to use the meters.

Bloomington local Jason Meredith inserts coins in a parking meter on Morton Street.

Photo: Ying Chen

Bloomington resident Jason Meredith inserts coins in a parking meter on Morton Street.

Bloomington Public Works Director Susie Johnson says the rest of the downtown meters will go online on Aug. 12.

Johnson says the city wants to make sure people feel comfortable with the new “smart” meters.

“Sometimes people are unfamiliar with the technology. You just show them how to answer the credit card; how to add time to the meter; how to take time off and just explain it to them,” Johnson says. “Sometimes people are just a little apprehensive when there is something new.”

The area between Indiana and Madison streets, south to Fourth Street, and north to 11th Street is now metered. Enforcement will begin in the next two weeks.

Johnson says she anticipates no problems with activating  the meters since the test area on Morton Street has run smoothly.

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