years, many people who parked in Harrisburg dreaded finding that green envelope on their windshield.
the one hand, they will no longer receive those green envelopes. However,
those tickets have been replaced by red-and-white receipt-style tickets that
have more than doubled in cost.
Chelsey Skotek was among those who went a few minutes
over her time limit.
"Low and behold, there was a little paper fluttering
in my windshield wiper," she said. "I was surprised. It was 30 bucks."
Unfortunately, this was Skotek's first time in
Harrisburg. The Hazleton woman traveled to the capital city to take in the
sights and sounds.
Had she received the ticket before this month, the fine would have been $14.
"That makes me sad. That makes me really
depressed," she said. "I'm here for the Farm Show, so any buck I can save would be great, but I just paid $16 over."
Anthony Palumbo, of Palumbo's Pizza on 2nd Street, has concerns over the new cost.
"It's going to hurt a lot of the little local businesses that
we have down here," he said. "Restaurant Row is already kinda struggling with
everything going on in the city right now as it is. Not many people want to
Palumbo said people may not want to take
the risk of getting a ticket and will choose to eat elsewhere.
days of paying fines at a city hall kiosk are over. On the
backs of tickets are instructions to pay at the new
Standard Parking offices at 223 Walnut Street, across the street from the federal courthouse.
The offices are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there is a drop box for payments after hours and weekends.
said they accept payments of cash, check or debit card. One worker in the
office said the company should have an online payment option set up within a month
or two at Parkharrisburg.com.
Why the change? Standard Parking is the operator of the former
Harrisburg Parking Authority. The 10-year lease of the city's meters and
garages was a part of the Harrisburg Strong recovery plan.
This will not be the last change. The downtown will get new
meters in March; everywhere else in April. Both installations will come with
another round of rate hikes yet to be determined.
The Parkmobile app will be unveiled this spring. The app will
allow people to search for open spaces and keep track of their metered time as
the app will send a text message alert before time expires.
Standard Parking is considering a 15-minute grace period to
promote turnover at local businesses, but Palumbo still views the change as
a risk customers might not want to take.
"We all help each other and we all support each other," he
said. "A lot of us are really upset what's going on with the parking. I think
it's just going to deter people from going downtown at all."
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