May 12, 2013
City Council speaker and a Democratic candidate for NYC mayor, Christine Quinn, announced plans last week to propose changes to NYC parking’s Muni-Meter system. Typically, one Muni-Meter is located for each NYC block and drivers must pay for time at the meter and place a printed receipt on their car’s dashboard.
Flaws with Muni-Meters
- Sometimes they just don’t work
- They can run out of ink or paper
- If you have a broken NYC Muni-Meter, you must find another meter (sometimes on another block)
- Muni-Meters will still take your money when NYC parking regulations aren’t in effect, ie. Sunday
Good things about Muni-Meters
- Research shows that you can fit more cars on the street when parking spaces are not marked, because drivers will park closer to vehicles already parked.
Quinn’s Proposal includes: Read more…
May 9, 2013
Many NYC street parking meters, called Muni-Meters, go into effect for NYC parking at 9am. For people who might park at a NYC street parking meter at 8:30am for work, though, this means they have to go back to the meter at 9am and pay for their parking.
In mid-April 2013, NYC City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill that would require the NYC Muni-Meters to start accepting payment half an hour before meter requirements take effect.
On a positive note, many people will avoid the dreaded NYC parking ticket.
On the other hand, it could mean that people will park overnight — for free, and pre-pay the Muni-Meter to start at 9am.
If you’re tired of driving around looking for a NYC parking space, and then hoarding quarters to pay for NYC parking, NYC is working on a better way. NYC is testing out a new program on Arthur Avenue in the Belmont area of the Bronx, also known as Little Italy (of the Bronx). You can use your phone, internet or smartphone app to pay for 264 metered NYC parking spaces along or adjacent to Arthur Avenue plus 57 spaces in NYC’s Belmont Municipal Parking Field. Each Muni-Meter in the pilot program has a QR code and a seven-digit number that is your link to making payments. How It Works
- Sign up for PayByPhone with your vehicle registration and credit card number
- Find a space by using NYC DOT’s real-time map of available NYC parking spaces (map shown above). The map shows where there are available spaces and where there is low or limited availability.
- After you park, type in the number displayed on the side of the closest muni-meter to start paying for parking.
- When your meter is about to expire, you’ll get a text or email. You will be able to add more money to extend your time, but only to the time allowed by the parking regulation.
Things we Like about NYC Pay By Phone Parking
- You don’t have to walk to walk to the meter itself or deal with slips of paper. Read more…
May 6, 2013
Pango and Imperial Parking have partnered to offer NYC parking from your smart phone. Once you register your name, credit card, and license plate nunber, you use the app to find one of Imperial’s 110 NYC parking garages, and reserve a space. The app will know when you park and lets you alert the garage when you’re ready to leave so your car will be waiting for you. The greatest joy to us that the Pango app calculates and processes your payment, so you don’t have to wait at the cashier booth to pay for your parking.
Right now, Pango is being piloted in just one Imperial NYC parking garage. We hope the service expands to all of Imperial‘s NYC Parking garages.
We understand that Pango hopes to work with NYC Department of Transportationg (DOT) to allow this pay-by-phone service to be available for NYC street parking.
April 18, 2013
On January 25th, 2013, NYC parking meter rates increased. We’d previously written about this (potential) increase in November 2012.
If you deal with NYC parking, here’s the critical information:
- Above 110th St in Manhattan: No change from $1/hour
- 110th St – 96th St in Manhattan: Increase from $1 to $1.50/hour
- South of 96th St in Manhattan: Increase from $3 to $3.50/hour
- Lower Manhattan: New muni-metered spaces will be installed in 428 currently free or no parking zones.
- City Parking Lots & Garages: Hourly and long term parking rates to increase
If you do overstay your parking meter and get an Overtime Meter Ticket, you’l be fined $35 – $65. That’s probably worth paying an extra $.50/hour.
The rate increases for NYC parking meters are expected to bring in another $5.1 million annually, whilst the NYC Muni-Meters for 428 spaces could bring in $6.7 million annually.
Do you feel like the Meter Maids seem to give you a parking ticket the minute your street parking meter runs out of time?
If you live in certain parts of Baltimore, MD, you might be right. But now there’s an app for that. According to The Atlantic Cities, Spot Agent uses real-time parking citation data from the city of Baltimore to calculate your risk of getting a ticket at any given location. The city’s data includes the date, time and a rough address (as well as license plate info) for every parking ticket handed out in the city in the past year. And new tickets typically appear in the database within just a few hours of landing on a windshield.
Spot Agent uses that data to calculate a threat score based upon the number of citations given out within 100 meters of your location. Tickets written around the same time of day, on the same day of the week, push the score up higher.
When you use the app, you’ll see images in the picture below.
- Column 1 will give you a threat assessment over a time period, ranging from green to red.
- Column 2 focuses in on a particular area, showing that you’re running a pretty high risk for a parking ticket by not feeding the parking meter. Read more…
February 22, 2013
We know that NYC Parking rules can be very complicated. So we called our friends at New York Parking Ticket and found out some NYC parking laws that even we didn’t realize existed.
NYC Parking Rules & Tricks You Never Knew or Understood
1. All NYC is a tow away zone. No notice required
2. You are not permitted to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. The distance varies from state-to-state
3. How long is a bus stop? Read more…
January 17, 2013
Think you didn’t deserve that NYC parking ticket? Our friends at New York Parking Ticket gave us this advice to help you defend your NYC parking violation.
1. Check your ticket for mistakes. If a required element is omitted, described incorrectly, or illegible, you are entitled to a dismissal of your NYC parking violation. A required element is a bit size bit of information that a (Traffic Enforcement Agent) TEA is required to enter on a NYC parking ticket. For example:
- Registration expiration date
- Plate type
- Body type
- Date, time and place of occurrence
- Proper reference to the section of the Compilation of the NYC Rules
- Meter number, operational, and limits in some of the meter violations
2. Know the difference between No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping
Here’s a chart we developed to help you understand these terms. Read more…
January 16, 2013
There are more than 2 million signs in NYC. Great little video showing you how they’re made and the people who make them — especially the NYC parking signs, at the
NYC DOT Sign Shop.
The NYC DOT Sign Shop produces 9,000 – 12,000 signs every month. Highway signs are usually 30 feet x 11 feet, while Department signs are smaller at 18 inches x 11 inches. We all use these signs: pedestrians, cars, trucks, tourists, locals, and bicyclists.
of the video, “We help everyone move along in NYC.”
January 8, 2013
If you’re relying on the ‘the parking sign didn’t make any sense’ defense for your NYC parking ticket, slow down. On January 7, 2013, brand new NYC parking signs were introduced by Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Transportation Commissioner, Christine C. Quinn, NYC City Council speaker, and NYC Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick.
The new signs began being installed in October 2012 and are designated for commercial parking areas of midtown, Upper East Side, Lower Manhattan, and Financial District. The new signs will first be installed from 14th – 60th Streets and from 2nd – 9th Avenues. By Spring 2013, 6,300 new NYC street signs will be installed. Here are some highlights of the program:
- About 50% of the new signs will deal with commercial parking,
- About 50% of the new signs will regulate nighttime parking, weekend parking, hotel & taxi stands, street cleaning times, and No Standing areas,
- The new parking signs will cost about $180,000,
- It now takes about 140 characters to explain the somewhat bizarre NYC parking rules, which is down from 250 characters, Read more…