|What Are We Doing Now?|
The City staff Parking Implementation Team recently discussed testing a pay-by-phone option that allows drivers to pay for their on-street parking via a smart phone application or by calling a toll-free phone number. The pay-by-phone payment system communicates wirelessly with the new parking meters, registering all payments on the meter screen. In addition, users will receive an alert when their meter is running low and can add time via their smart phone device. In addition, folks with a 'NFC'-enabled phone can simply tap their phone to the pay-by-phone sticker to make payment. The City anticipates rolling out a test phase of this new payment option this summer along two blocks on Locust Street.
|Verrus Pay-By-Phone Parking|
The City received six proposals in response to the RFP for Citywide Wayfinding Design and Implementation. Over the past two weeks, we reviewed and ranked the proposals, based on several criteria, including experience, pricing and project approach. Short-listing the proposals proved difficult, as all the firms have significant experience designing and implementing top-tier wayfinding programs.
As a result, we will interview five of the six firms in the next few weeks and anticipate presenting a proposed contract and preferred wayfinding firm to the Council in August, with public outreach efforts to begin this fall.
(This illustration is based on a wayfinding proposal for Jackson, WY from LandWorks.)