Radnor Township's Police Department will soon ask the Board of Commissioners to allow it to seek bids to replace its 677 parking meters with kiosks that could allow all payment types and other conveniences.
"We want to be able to bring the latest technology to the township," possibly including payment by Smart Phone, 10-minute free time and expiration notification via text, said Lt. Christopher Flanagan.
The kiosks, similar to the ones installed in three municipal parking lots in downtown Wayne, would be solar-powered, reduce police labor costs, and provide a "much higher level of customer service," Flanagan said.
The request that the Commissioners will entertain is simply to allow them to receive bids, not approval to implement the program. Flanagan said the meter replacement could run $300,000 to $500,000, depending on the kiosks' features, which could also include local advertisements.
Out of Radnor's nearly 700 meters, several are in need of replacing, and the vast majority were installed before 1995, Flanagan said.
"We believe it's important to have people want to shop in and visit Wayne," he said. Radnor would be the first municipality to abolish parking meters on the Main Line.
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