Hanover will upgrade its parking meter system
The first phase of the project should be completed on Wednesday.
In an effort to meet public demand, the new parking meters will accept coins and credit cards as forms of payment, replacing aging meters that require a great deal of maintenance and only accept coins, town parking officials said Monday.
With the new meters comes an increase in parking meter rates, which were approved by the Select Board in June.
In the Municipal Lot 1 behind Town Hall the three-hour parking is increasing from 50 cents to $1 per hour.
Upper Lebanon Street two-hour meters are increasing from 50 cents to 75 cents per hour.
The 10-hour parking meters on School Street and Allen Street Ext. are also increasing from 25 cents to 35 cents per hour.
The 10-hour kiosk in Marshall Lot and Municipal Lot 7 will increase from 25 cents to 35 cents per hour for the 10-hour meters.
In Municipal Lot 6, the South End Dartmouth Green and S Block Lot, two-hour kiosks are increasing from 50 cents to 75 cents per hour.
More potential changes for the remaining parking areas are being proposed for equipment upgrades and potential rate changes during budget discussions for fiscal year 2014-2015.
Parking is free for employees on lower Lebanon Street on Saturday and Sunday in areas that require a permit on weekdays.
The town is also participating in a working group looking at expanded upper valley rideshare opportunities.
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