PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester residents will soon be able to feed parking meters using a credit card as the village is in the process of replacing the coin-operated meters with digital ones.
Drivers will also be able to use a smartphone app to find where parking is available, and may be able to use their smartphones to put more money in the machine. The village is finalizing its contract with the installation company, and the meters are expected to be installed and operational by late December.
Port Chester recently increased its parking-meter rates from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour, and also extended parking meter hours to 9 p.m. This move is expected to generate an additional 30 percent in revenue this year, according to Chris Ameigh, administrative aid to the village assistant. Police have also issued more parking tickets, and they are projected to bring in an additional $70,000 in parking ticket fees this year, Ameigh said.
The village had originally ordered 38 digital meters, but that order has been increased to 44 units. Ameigh said that when traffic and public works officials were mapping out where the units would be placed, they were able to figure out how the six additional meters could service 73 parking spots.
Officials have identified two more spots in the village where they may want to add parking meters. There are 131 parking spaces on Midland Avenue near stores and restaurants that Ameigh said could bring in an additional $262,000 a year in revenue if parking meters were installed. On Horton Avenue there are 28 spots near the retail outlet that could bring in $56,000 in revenue, he said. It would require about 14 additional meters to cover the two areas.