BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Back in July 2016, shoppers in Bloomfield noticed new parking meters that lined Washington Street and Glenwood Avenue. There were seven meters that were part of an initial 90-day pilot program sponsored by the Bloomfield Parking Authority.  The four, touch-screen meters were supplied by Municipal Parking Solutions of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

The coin-operated machine was the first of its kind in Essex County.  It clocked your time and was capable of announcing recreation department events, public service announcements, breaking weather reports and emergency warnings.

The 90-day pilot that started in July 2016 according to Anne Prince, Senior Operations Manager, was extended until Dec. 2016 and meters were placed along Broad Street near Mandee, the retail store.

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Since 1959, there has been an ordinance to pay for parking according to Prince. “We are currently in the middle of a parking study that should be completed by the end of February, and we are waiting to see what will be suggested in the report,” Prince said.

The sleek video displayed meters presented some complaints that left some shoppers feeling the new machines were too difficult to figure out.  Customers could pay by coin, credit card and cell phone applications. 

“The meters were taken down the first week in December.  There are no plans to have the re-installed at this point as we are in the middle of a parking study,” she said.

“The data from the meters, along with the Parking Study results will be reviewed and discussed late February and early March,” Prince added.

There are currently 1,277 parking meters in Bloomfield.  The Parking Authority is independent.  The monies collected from the meters and tickets go toward paying bonds, up keeping eight parking lots and the Glenwood Garage.

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