The city of Las Vegas is moving forward with plans to make parking downtown more customer-friendly. The Las Vegas City Council today approved a plan to remove the outdated parking meters in downtown and to replace them with new multi-bay meters that will be easier to use and more convenient for customers by accepting credit and debit cards as well as coins. The plan also calls for the permanent removal of approximately 125 metered-spaces downtown, increasing free parking opportunities for the public.
By approving the contract with Parkeon, approximately 233 new meters will be installed this summer, taking the place of 1,216 outdated meters. Approximately 125 single space meters will be permanently removed as part of the changeover. This will result in the removal of the “meter forest” that currently clutters downtown sidewalks.
The new meters are easy to use and 100 percent solar-powered. Users will also be able to print receipts and add time to the meter. In addition, once installed, these more technologically advanced meters will allow residents and visitors to use mobile device apps to see where on-street parking is available in real time. Also, new signage will ensure customers can easily get the information they need to pay for parking.
The initial contract with Parkeon, a company that provides parking management devices for more than three million parking spaces in more than 3,000 cities and 50 countries, is $1.45 million. Funding for the contract comes from the Parking Enterprise Fund, which is separate from the general fund. Parkeon was chosen through a competitive bid process.
The city hosted a customer focus group and met with downtown business owners to get input on the new meters.
Upgrading parking technology is the second phase of a long-term parking plan that is being undertaken by the city with the goals of providing excellent customer service; making parking easy to use; improving financial performance; supporting existing businesses by tailoring parking options for customers, employees and residents; and supporting new development by examining shared parking options, and creating flexibility for special events.
Last year, the city created a “one-stop-shop” for parking services under the Economic and Urban Development Department to make it easier for customers to navigate the system. Previously, the functions of parking related to enforcement, finance and Streets and Sanitation were spread throughout the organization.