Bridgeport to install new parking meters with Parcxmart technology

500 new parking meters with Parcxmart technology, approved by the City Council last year, are being installed downtown and near the city's hospitals. They are expected to be in place by next spring.
The new meters supplement 500 already in place downtown and around Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent's Medical Center, said George Estrada, the city's public facilities director.

Estrada hopes to update all the meters with Parcxmart technology, which accepts debit cards that can be replenished, rather than quarters only.

"In time, all meters will have the Parcxmart capability," he said, estimating that it will take five years to reach that goal.

About 100 downtown meters have Parcxmart capability now, said Brian Williams, the city's deputy chief administrative officer. The city grosses $300,000 a year from its parking meters, not including overtime parking tickets.

With the expansion in metered areas comes extended hours for parking-enforcement staff, who will now work from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Estrada said. Previously, they did not work Saturdays.
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