For Immediate Release
September 24, 2018
Contact: Tyler Collins, Economic Development Officer
New Parking Enforcement System Begins October 1st in Downtown Bangor
BANGOR, MAINE – The City of Bangor is set to implement a new parking enforcement system for the Downtown Parking Management District on Monday, October 1, 2018.
The new enforcement process will consist of a hybrid vehicle with cameras that are equipped with license plate recognition (LPR) technology. This car will be driven by a parking ambassador. As the car patrols the Downtown Parking Management District, the system will notify the parking ambassador of a potential violation. The ambassador will then determine if there is, in fact, a violation and decide whether a ticket is warranted or not.
In continuing past practice, one parking ticket for an overtime violation will be waived per 120 days. This grace period will start fresh on October 1, 2018.
It is important to understand that there will be NO public parking policy changes to the Downtown Parking Management District when this system is rolled out. The enforcement of timed spots will simply become more efficient, and turnover of vehicles in those spots will happen as intended by the existing time limits. Any data collected not related to parking violations will be erased.
This new parking management system will hopefully discourage parkers from “shuffling” their cars and will instead encourage drivers to utilize parking garages and permitted lots appropriate for their time in downtown. The implementation of this new system will likely generate renewed interest in monthly parking passes at downtown garages and lots. There are many affordable options starting at just $33/month for individuals, as well as options for larger businesses. Browse a list of garages and lots at http://www.parkbangor.com.
If you are a small business owner and would like to discuss options for you and your employees, please contact Parke Clemons, general manager of Republic Parking, at 941-1654.
# # #
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see www.bangormaine.gov.