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Harrisburg's new meters bagged, cause confusion

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

New Harrisburg parking meters remain bagged, confusing drivers on what meters to feed.

Walking along Walnut Street near Strawberry Square, there are a handful of newly-installed digital meters with plastic wrapped around them. Many have called into the abc27 newsroom wondering why the new meters remain inactive, when others have been live for nearly a month.

Tim Cox pulled up and was unsure if he should feed an old meter or find a new active one.

"It's confusing," he said. "I wasn't sure if I could park here or not. But I guess it was okay...hope it's okay."

John Bruno said he's heard the griping as well.

"There's a lot of people that are unsure," he said. "And there's a lot of people who aren't just parking downtown anymore because they're not sure if they're going to get fined for $30."

Attempts to contact to SP+ corporate officer were unsuccessful on Tuesday.

According to the parkharrisburg.com website, there is a map indicating where the old and new meters are located. Information here states to pay the old rate, $1.50 an hour, if you park at an old meter. If you park next to an active new meter, pay the new rate of $3.00 an hour.

"You pull upside an old meter, you pay the meter," said Terry Warren. "You pull upside one of the new meters, you pay the new meters. I don't think that's rocket science."

Most people complain about receiving the $30 fines, $50 if not paid within four days. So they want to be sure they're following the rules to avoid paying up.

On March 17, SP+ held a live demonstration right in Strawberry Square on how to use the new meters. A reason why many said they are confused on the status of the new meters.

A worker with the local office said the inactive new meters were supposed to go live on Monday, April 14. Again, confirmation attempts to the corporate officer were unsuccessful. The worker said he knew of at least five inactive meters.

"It's chaos," said Cox. "But, we gotta do what we gotta do to get around it."

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