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Harrisburg parking changes slowly rolling out

By , - Last modified: January 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Changes are underway behind the scenes to Harrisburg's parking system.
Changes are underway behind the scenes to Harrisburg's parking system. - (Photo / )

It's been two weeks since the major asset deals were finalized under the Harrisburg “Strong Plan.”

And while all seems quiet in the city's parking system, changes are slowly being rolled out.

SP+ Municipal Services, an operating division of SP Plus Corporation, has launched www.ParkHarrisburg.com and has started to market its online account system to monthly users.

"Between now and Jan. 17, the push is to get monthly parkers to sign up for online," Chris Sherman, a company spokesman, said last week.

Standard Parking, which has an operating contract with the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority, has fliers going up about the online registration. An enrollment form also is online.

Records indicate there are 7,000 to 7,500 monthly garage users, Sherman said.

The next phase in the privatization effort will include about $1.4 million in on-street improvements. That will include 111 multispace parking meters.

The first 35 units will likely be installed in the central business district in early February, Sherman said. The remaining 76 units could be installed by the end of February.

Each multispace unit covers seven or eight spaces.

Standard Parking is planning to link a smartphone app called Parkmobile to the meters, which will have a credit card payment option. The app will allow users to extend their parking time remotely, Sherman said. It should be available in March.

The meter improvements also will include 88 new single-head units in Midtown Harrisburg.

Garage improvements to the tune of $2 million will follow in the summer months, Sherman said. An automated entry and exit system will be installed in each garage, one at a time, so cashiers will not be needed.

A remote management center in Austin, Texas, will monitor garage activity and interact with customers in need of assistance, Sherman said.

"By the end of the year, all of the garages should be automated," he said.

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