Tom Hartley continues to impress at the Bethlehem Parking Authority. I’m not a big fan of the multi-space meters either because there’s nothing worse than having to stand in line to pay for parking. But BPA’s data does show usage of the Main Street Commons parking deck increased last year, so the multi-space meters haven’t been driving people away. Could it be that people prefer buying pepper spray on Amazon?
The single meters will return to the West Broad Street deck in late July after it’s resurfaced, Bethlehem Parking Authority Executive Director Tom Hartley said.
The authority placed two multi-space meters on the deck in November 2011. Refuting merchants inside the Main and Broad streets building, Hartley said parking authority records show the multi-space meters have not driven away customers.
About 10 percent more people used the machines in the first five months of 2013 compared to the first five months of 2012, Hartley said, but he’s willing to test single-space meters to satisfy the merchants.
(Via Lynn Olanoff)