Columbia adds more meters
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia’s Public Works Department is installing 30 new parking meters in downtown Columbia this week. The Department installed meters along Cherry Street on Nov. 23, 2016.
This is only the tip of a meter overhaul in downtown Columbia.
Drew Brooks, Transit and Parking Manager for Public Works, said the city plans to upgrade 1600 meters by the second week of January. Brooks said they are not replacing all 1600 meters with new equipment but they are doing major work to existing meters.
“The current meter system that we have is about 15 years-old, and that’s about the life-span of these type of meters, Brooks said. “We’re at the point now where we’re seeing such high failure rates that we really have to replace the whole system.”
Telling the difference between the old and new meters won’t be a problem. The new meters, or double bay meters, has only one head per two parking spots.
Brooks said starting in the first week of December the Public Works Department will roll out its full marketing plan to educate users on how to work the new meters.
The department will report the plan at the Dec. 5, 2016 city council meeting to explain the changes to city officials.