NYC muni-meters will soon accept prepayments up to an hour before they go into effect for the day. This should come as welcome news to the many drivers who are forced to wait at the meter each morning—or return to it—despite having parked up to an hour before the meter becomes active.
“The current situation has been very frustrating for New Yorkers,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn). “Because the muni-meters are not currently set up to accept payments until they become active, people who find a spot and park their cars at, say, 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. are forced to wait for the meter to accept payment, or to return and make their payment at the time the meter begins working. But now you will be able to park and prepay.”
Hikind, who first raised the issue with the Department of Transportation earlier this year, had high praise for DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and her staff, as well as for Mayor de Blasio, for quickly responding to the issue.
“This solution benefits residents and commuters without taking a dime away from New York City,” said Hikind. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved, and I was delighted to be part of it.”
The meters are scheduled to be reprogrammed gradually citywide starting early this winter.