For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Danette Perry, Senior Transportation Supervisor, (510) 981.6472

ParkEZ has three ways to pay and reduces the amount of vandalism in neighborhood shopping districts

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, September 30, 2008) - Residents and visitors to some of Berkeley’s most popular business districts will see something new this week: 132 new solar-panel ParkEZ stations.

Also known as pay-and-display stations, the machines will replace 850 existing single-space meters in the Telegraph, Elmwood, and Solano Business Districts, the Hearst-Euclid shopping area, and Downtown Berkeley. The machines will be installed over the next three months.

The pay stations have made parking easier by offering three convenient way to pay: coins and credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard). The pay stations also benefit the community at large: Since the pay-and-display machines made their debut in downtown Berkeley in April 2005, there has been less meter vandalism and increased annual parking revenues.

The City has notified business associations about the ParkEZ pay stations and their installation. In addition, the City has provided flyers with maps of the pay station locations to all vendors and merchants in the area. Shoppers can also pick up the flyers from stores in the areas.

For additional information or questions about this program, please contract the Transportation Division / Public Works at (510) 981-7010. For general information about using pay-and-display or single space meters, visit the parking meter webpage in the Public Works Department.