As part of the master parking plan for the City of Easton, prices will rise, credit card payments will be acceptable and there will be new fees and enforcement times for those parking in downtown Easton.
In December, City Council voted upon parking meters that will read credit cards and will increase parking prices from .50 to $1 for 1 hour. Not all of the parking meters will be credit card accessible, as phase one of the plan is to install new coin operated meters with the new fees and times. Parking meter enforcement will change from a 6 p.m. cut off time to a later 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with added times of noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.
The parking meter installation plan begins Friday when 200 downtown parking meters will be updated to the new system, making it more accessible for both the city and those who park on the streets. The second installation will take place beginning March 15, when the outer areas of downtown Easton will see the change in parking fee price and time.
The new parking meter times do not go into effect until April 1. Also beginning April 1, those who have overtime parking meter violations will get a reduced fine to $15 if it ticket is paid within 24 hours or by close of the next business day.
New credit card parking meters will be installed on Northampton St., from Second to Fifth streets, North Third St., from Center Square to Garden Spring St., South Third St., from Center Square to Ferry St., Ferry St., from S. Third to Second St., and Second St., from Ferry St. to Northampton Street.
The increased rates for parking will begin once the meter has been installed and will accept coins, Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards. A warning will be issued to those during the transition up until April 1, to inform the public of the new days, times and rates for periods after 6 p.m. and Sundays.