HELENA – Helena will be implementing new, upgraded, smart, parking meters this summer that will allow drivers to access their parking fee through an app.
The upgraded meters will be beneficial to not only those visit the Gulch, but also to business owners.
At the Montana Chamber of Commerce, Dave Hewitt, director of parking for Helena, said, “You do that through the kiosk–it’s paperless, so you don’t have to go back to your car. And number two, if you’re on the South end of the Gulch or the North end, and you find yourself wandering and maybe having lunch or what not and you’re completely at the other end and you know you’re running out of time, you can find another kiosk that’s close to you and reprogram that to your license plate; you don’t have to go all the way back to your vehicle.”
There are currently 250 meters in town. Some of those meters have been in use for the last 30 years.
This change was to help alleviate stress for current business owners as well as customers, who have pushed for this imitative according to Hewitt, who told MTN, they feel that the one-hour parking restrictions effect their customers and businesses.
Hewitt expressed that businesses just feel like their customers are rushed, especially when visiting for a quick lunch, one hour is just not enough time.
Now, drivers will have the ability to pay-up their parking passes, right from where they are without having to race back to their car. The smart kiosks will begin being placed in downtown the start of June.
For more information on the future “smart meters,” and parking around town, please visit: https://www.helenamt.gov/home.html.