SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Fir green parking pay stations began showing up on the sidewalks of Schenectady earlier this month, replacing the old mechanical meters which only accepted coins.
The new solar-charged terminals accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover in addition to coins. The new, dual-language kiosks provide easy-to-read instructions in both English and Spanish, and issue a receipt which customers display on their dashboard and can keep as proof of payment. The electronic displays also offer a help button which directs customers to call 518-382-5211 for assistance.
“We are very excited for the citizens of and visitors to Schenectady to have a convenient way to pay for parking,” said Chris Wallin, City Engineer. “The new kiosks will also reduce the City’s enforcement, collections and maintenance costs while creating a more modern downtown experience.”
The first phase of the program includes State Street between Veeder Avenue and Broadway, Union Street between Jay Street and Lafayette Street, Broadway from State Street to Hamilton Street, and Jay Street across from City Hall.
Additional terminals were ordered this month for Erie Boulevard and lower State Street as part of the reconstruction projects in these areas.
“The pay stations are similar to those in Albany and Troy, but also include the ability for the City to easily enable pay by plate, mobile app payments and EMV-certified card payments in the future,” said Schenectady Mayor, Gary McCarthy. “We wanted to make sure the technology not only meets our needs today, but also anticipates the needs of our community over the long run.”