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Parking Meter Failure Increases In Downtown Bloomington

The parking meters have been plagued with problems since installation in 2013.

  • A technician works on a broken parking meter in downtown Bloomington.

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    Photo: Annamarie Marino

    A technician works on a broken parking meter in downtown Bloomington.

  • Cars are still parking in spots where parking meters are missing.

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    Photo: Annamarie Marino

    Cars are still parking in spots where parking meters are missing.

  • The IPS meters have been plagued with problems since installation.

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    Photo: Annamarie Marino

    The IPS meters have been plagued with problems since installation.

Bloomington officials say they’re working to replace several failing parking meters.

The meters from California-based vendor IPS cost the city nearly $1.9 million in 2013. They’ve been plagued with problems ever since. The city required IPS to replace all the parking meters in September 2015 because of an 18 percent failure rate.

Mayor John Hamilton made it a goal to reduce the failure rate of the meters. But Lead Meter Technician Ross Jackson says it’s still considered high.

“The average failure rate over the last several, I don’t know exactly how many months that is, is 10.4 percent,” Jackson says.

Manager of Parking Enforcement RayeAnn Cox says people can still receive citations for parking at a broken meter, but it can be waived if appealed.

“Whenever they call the parking office we send Ross or his helper out immediately to fix it,” Cox says. “If they get a ticket, then we’ll talk to the clerk’s office if they appeal it. But yes, if that meter was down, we can tell that in the meter system. That ticket will be waived.”

The city has more than 1,500 parking meters that are card and coin operated.

Cox says the city has considered once again replacing all of the parking meters, but a final decision hasn’t been made.

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