Starting next week, we will begin installing new smart parking meters citywide to replace all the antiquated coin meters we currently have. These new meters will take debit and credit cards and be able to display important messages on holidays to ensure no one overpays or gets an unexpected ticket.
The new meters across Downtown and Belmont Shore will also provide five free minutes for short trips – like dropping off dry cleaning or picking up a friend.
In the near future, there will even be an app available that will show where there are available spaces, making parking that much faster and simpler. These investments in technology are all a part of our plan to make our government more efficient and innovative.
I also want to let you know that the City has begun a comprehensive study of our parking regulations, including a look at neighborhood parking times, in an effort to create more parking and more convenience. Later this year, we’ll announce more important changes that will further improve parking for residents throughout Long Beach.
I’ve long been an advocate of using technology to improve efficiency and convenience for our residents and these new smart meters do just that.
A special thanks as well to our partners in this project, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, Councilwoman Suzie Price, the Downtown Long Beach Associates, the Downtown Residential Council, the Belmont Shore Parking Commission and the Belmont Shore Business Association. There’s never been a better time to visit our business districts.