Thursday, July 19, 2012
After a week of the new IPS Smartmeters, what do you think?
Have you tried one of the new IPS Smartmeters installed last week by the Department of Public Works? So, let us know what you think about them. These new meters in Coolidge Corner, JFK Crossing and Washington Square, mostly curbside on Beacon and Harvard Streets. Smartmeters look similar to the traditional single-head meters, but are solar-powered and accept credit or debit cards (with a Visa or MasterCard logo), PXT cards and coins--no bills. These meters are replacing the upgraded, but still unpopular multi-space meters in those locations. The town plans to sell off the multi-space machines to recoup some of the costs of installing new meters, if the trial is a success. If you have feedback on the meters, you can email SmartMeters@…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
New single-space smartmeters started rolling out yesterday, replacing some of the less popular multi-space parking meters.
Motorists in Coolidge Corner, JFK Crossing and Washington Square may see something different when they park today: single-space parking meters are back. IPS Group and the Department of Public Works went out yesterday to install the new IPS smartmeters in Coolidge Corner, JFK Crossing and Washington Square, mostly curbside on Beacon and Harvard Streets. Town Administrator Mel Kleckner updated the Board of Selectmen on the progress of this rollout last night. IPS Smartmeters look similar to the traditional single-head meters, but are solar-powered and accept credit or debit cards (with a Visa or MasterCard logo), PXT cards and coins--but no bills. See the video above for more on how the IPS meters work. These meters are replacing the …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Shake-ups are coming to Brookline's parking meters and to the Chestnut Hill malls. Other business stories and more on Patch this week.
We needed your help Monday, to Pick The Best Day Trip in Brookline. There are some Local Moms are bringing "Fresh Fish to You." Last weekend, 43,000 people passed through Brookline, Walking the Walk to End Hunger (and we asked for your photos). Library Trustee candidate Puja Mehta wrote in to Congratulate Kristen Uekermann on a Hard-Fought Race. Brookline Police Log included a man who didn't want Town Hall to close. We met, on Tuesday morning, a Brookline Teacher Keeping Kids Green, who was honored by the State House. A reminder to anyone who Has a Business in Brookline, you ought to claim your listing. The big news for foodies was that Shake Shack plans to open in Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. Brookline Arrest Log featured four kids …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
105 "Smart" meters coming to Brookline as early as June, to begin a 90-day trial period to replace the multi-space meters.
The multi-space meters in a few parts of Brookline are likely to disappear in the next few weeks, to be replaced with more familiar meter heads. In February, officials teased that Brookline's parking meters were likely to change (again), which meant that parts of town will see single-space meters again. At the Brookline Selectmen's meeting Tuesday night, the Board approved a contract with IPS Group, a vendor supplying smart meters. The contract will bring 105 "smart" meters to the Coolidge Corner, Washington Square and JFK Crossing neighborhoods as early as June, which will mark the beginning of a 90-day trial period. These new meters will accept paper bills, coins, credit cards, and could in future take payments from cell phones. The …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Brookline's week in review featured some news about single-space meters, a chance to get to know the Library Trustee candidates, and some details about the food trucks.
We learned more about Single-Space Meters retuning to (parts of) Brookline on Monday. The MBTA's commuter rail fares may be going mobile this summer (although experts say the new app leaves the MBTA vulnerable). For the Best Of poll this week, we wanted to know Which is the Finest Florist in Brookline? A break-in and some shoplifting in Brookline Police Log. Tuesday, we met some folks who are running for Brookline town-wide offices in 2012. We also learned that some Brookline food trucks are now running, and when and where to find them. The Brookline Arrest Log included a bachelor's party spilling out of a limo. News of Brookline Bank heading to Waltham cam out Wednesday. At the Selectmen's meeting the night before, the Board voted for …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Part of this year's budget set to restore single-space meters to Brookline, although some parking lots will keep their multi-space meters.
Many of the multi-space meters installed last year are on their way out, provided the new budget is passed at this year's Town Meetings. During a February Board of Selectmen's meeting, Town Administrator Mel Kleckner explained that the budget sets aside $100,000 for these improvements, as well as investing in parking enforcement technology. Officials are exploring "smart" meters, to replace some of the unpopluar multi-space meters, which will accept paper bills, coins, credit cards--and could be upgraded to take payments from cell phones. He noted that one vendor offered the town a free trial period to test these new meters. Last year, hundreds of single-space parking meters were taken out and replaced with multi-space machines around …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
New parking meter plan hinted during discussion of upcoming budget, will include pay-by-space and single-space meters.
Last year, hundreds of single-space parking meters were taken out and replaced with multi-space machines around Brookline. The move was unpopular enough to warrant a warrant article directing the town to improve or remove the meters (which passed), and a task force exploring ways to improve the multi-space meters. Parking meters in Brookline may see even more changes this year, Town Administrator Mel Kleckner explaned during a portion of the town's fiscal year 2013 budget overview. "I believe it’s time for the change, that’s what I’m proposing." Kleckner said. On-street parking he anticipates will see the return of individual meters for spaces, but with some smarter upgrades. These smart meters will accept paper bills, coins, credit cards…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Town Administrator Mel Kleckner's Parking meter task force announced upgrades to the "smart meters" in the coming week.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The following is a press release from Brookline Town Hall and the parking meter task force: This summer, Town Administrator Mel Kleckner formed a task force to address issues with the new “smart meters” installed in Brookline beginning in April of 2011. The Task Force is comprised of Town officials, commercial sector representatives and citizens at large. The Parking Meter Task Force met twice this summer and is scheduled to meet again on September 26th at 6pm in the Selectmen’s Conference Room, Sixth Floor, Town Hall. According to Mr. Kleckner, “We’ve adopted a systematic approach to determinethe issues and identify potential solutions.” Stage one of the Plan is being implemented this week. Changes include: Despite this important progress…