• HPA takes the initiative to serve Courthouse parkers whose visits often exceed two hours.
  • State-of the-art parking meters will provide extended length of stay and more payment options.
  • Mayor Segarra will make the first new meter transaction on Thursday, October 31st at 10:00 a.m.
HARTFORD – October 29, 2013 – Beginning October 31, the Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) is introducing longer stays and more payment options to address requests from customers parking on the streets in the immediate area surrounding the Hartford Courthouses.  HPA established the Courthouse Parking Zone to address information collected and concerns raised through a parking demand study recently conducted in conjunction with its subcontracted parking management firm, Republic Parking.  The new Courthouse Parking Zone is bordered by Washington, Lafayette, Russ, Oak and Grand Streets in Hartford.

“The parking demand study and site analysis led us to establish the Courthouse Parking Zone and confirmed that an affordable, progressive rate schedule allowing for up to four hours of curbside parking would be the best solution for all customers in this area of the City,” said Eric Boone, HPA Chief Executive Officer.  “This is common practice in areas near courthouses, hospitals and other areas in which visits frequently exceed two hours,” Boone added

For this pilot extended stay program, which the HPA will evaluate for possible expansion to other areas of the City, 14 new SmartMeters were installed and 30 existing Pay Stations were updated.  Accepted payment methods are coins, credit cards, debit cards, and Downtown Hartford Park-Shop-Dine cards.  The meters are solar powered to help minimize the carbon footprint, and will also provide valuable customer use data for HPA to evaluate future parking initiatives.

“Convenient parking is essential to Hartford’s economic and community development, and these customer service improvements in the Courthouse Parking Zone are just one of HPA’s many initiatives to meet specific neighborhood needs around the City,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

Mayor Segarra will make a ceremonial “first swipe” with a Downtown Hartford Park-Shop-Dine Card at a new SmartMeter located at the corner of Lafayette Street and Capitol Avenue on Thursday, October 31st at 10:00 a.m.      

The HPA is distributing a fact sheet on the new initiatives via the Courthouses and the Connecticut Bar Association.  The HPA is also conducting a “Park On Us” on-street parking educational campaign during November, during which its Parking Ambassadors will offer complementary parking stays while demonstrating how to use the meters and distributing “Park Easy Tips” cards.  The month-long Park On Us program is sponsored by Republic Parking, the HPA’s subcontracted parking management firm.

 


 

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