Plymouth Growth and Development Corp. parking system lauded

Updates of obsolete 1954 parking regulations
The Plymouth Growth and Development Corporations management of downtown parking is, from most perspective, a success story.

Appearing before the Selectman this week, the PGDC issued its annual report, detailing growth in overall revenues, support of town events, over $400,000 in reimbursements for enforcement services (including meter readers) and perhaps most importantly, dramatic increases in the number of town residents taking advantage of discounted parking permits.

From 2009 to 2010 the PGDC reports that it saw a 45% increase in permit sales, including 422 seniors who paid just $15, many of whom acquired their permits through the PGDC website,

From 2010 to 2011 permit sales rose another 34%.

People are getting the idea of the advantage of getting this permit ahead of time, PGDC chairman Leighton Price told the Selectman, and they appreciate that we are looking  to tourists and visitors for revenue first, rather than residents.

The PGDC were also responsible for the new tradition of free parking in metered areas during the winter months (through the end of March).

The committee gave a long, detailed PowerPoint Presentation this past Tuesday night for the Selectman and residents watching at home accounting for their revenues, their expenditures, and their plans for an even more modern parking system that would allow drivers to use their cell phones to pay for their spaces.

One of the more interesting facts that the PGDC revealed was that their biggest expense came from the collection of coins from the existing meters. For that reason alone they feel justified in exploring new parking systems which can use digital media and credit cards to pay for parking.

But not everyone is happy. Town Meeting member and North Street resident Rick Cone told the Selectman, and the PGDC, that he felt that no matter how much money they collected they could never be justified in placing meters along some of the countrys most historic streets.

Please remove them, Cone pleaded.

Leighton noted that, while he couldnt promise that meters would be removed from North Street or other historic thoroughfares, their presence in those areas was certainly an issue worth being considered.

There will be a public forum on the PGDCs existing parking systems and future plans in the next few weeks and PGDC members said that new metering technology and the options it gives the town, would be one of the subjects discussed.
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