Parking email — sample

From: Kelley, Craig
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2015 11:18 PM
Subject: Parking systems on Council's Monday night agenda

FYI, folks:

“Smart” parking systems get smarter all the time, to include solar-powered ones that rely on your license plate within a general area rather than paying for a specific spot to allow the PCOs to enforce parking restrictions. The license plate you enter would be tagged to the general area and the PCO would scan the plates to see who has paid and who hasn’t.

Which means, of course, that your plate, and thus the location of your car, becomes a piece of digital data but that may be a cost people are willing to bear for the convenience of not having to feed quarters all the time.

The Order on “smart” parking systems, below, doesn’t specify any particular type of system but does continue the Council’s tradition of pushing the City to move towards new types of parking systems.

Feel free to come speak about this issue Monday night if you wish, remembering we are meeting back at City Hall again. You can sign up by phone between 9 and 3 on Monday at 617-349-4280 or in person at City Hall between 5 and 6. Public comment sign up stops at 6, though the comment period itself may last longer. You may also email the entire Council at

Thanks a lot.


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Policy Order Resolution



September 28, 2015


WHEREAS: Cities like Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., have introduced "smart" parking systems, which integrate re-usable meter cards, smartphone apps, and can even accept credit cards to pay for parking; and
WHEREAS: Many cities have seen an increase in parking revenue after replacing traditional meters with high tech meters due to increased turnover and more efficient parking spot usage; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate City staff to investigate the feasibility of installing meters that accept modern payment solutions: including credit and debit cards, rechargeable parking cards, and smart phone application payment; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council with a plan to implement new parking payment solutions in Cambridge in a timely manner.

Craig Kelley with Hope sign