Single-space parking meters in Magoun Sq.

On March 6, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


The City of Somerville has partnered with Duncan Solutions to conduct its second pilot of a single-space meter that accept credit cards.

Located for the first time in Magoun and Ball Squares, the new meters will continue providing residents and visitors the added convenience of multiple payment options while parking at a meter in Somerville. A similar pilot was recently conducted in Davis and Union Squares, garnering positive feedback from both drivers and business owners.

“Working with the IPS Group out of San Diego, our single-space meter pilots in Davis and Union Squares have proven very successful and beneficial to both drivers and local businesses,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “Though we are extremely happy with the IPS meters that make payments easier by offering credit card options, we are considering a wider-scale purchase based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, and felt it was important to sample more than one product before taking this next significant step. I hope this pilot program will set the groundwork to overhaul our entire meter fleet, thereby making residents’ and visitor and business owners’ interactions with our parking system easier and more efficient.”

The 30 new meters accept quarters, Visa and MasterCards. Color-coded key panels and large LCD screens are also designed to make transactions easy and intuitive for motorists.  In addition to the payment convenience, the new meters offer solar powered, real-time wireless communications that will lower maintenance needs and increase efficiency.

“The additional pilot program will allow the city to further its experiment with another vendor and better determine the best and most cost-effective product for a potential full scale implementation,” said Matthew Dias, Acting Director of Traffic and Parking. “With the additional forms of payment options, we have already seen positive outcomes: a drop in the number of parking violations and ticketing, customer satisfaction due to the multiple payment options, and no more searching for quarters when looking to park.”

For more information about the city of Somerville’s pilot program, visit For more information on Liberty Meters, please visit


11 Responses to “Single-space parking meters in Magoun Sq.”

  1. j connelly says:

    So with all the highly paid/ educated “Braintrust$” @ City Hall, we have to pay outsider$ to figure this out? Anybody from City Hall getting free expen$e paid trip$ out west to these vendor$ headquarter$????.. when a monkey could figure it out for free.

    We already have Traffic & Planning Depts, nobody there has a clue to issues like this??? “Tough fi$cal economy” (mayor Joe’s repeated quote)& they are wa$ting taxpayer $$$$ on all these studies & outside contractor$????

  2. Hi j connelly,

    I, personally, would prefer a professional review our parking systems and options then recommend improvements. These technologically advanced meters were supported by some of the business owners in Magoun and have resulted in happier patrons.

  3. Jeff says:

    agree with Courtney…the last time city hall looked at parking meters we got a time and price increase

  4. j connelly says:

    Well if our limited funding needs “outside professionals” we should be eliminating those high paid “professionals” (consultants) on the City Hall Executive Office payroll.

    A city councilor in Haverhill sat & watched the downtown area parking situation and found the biggest cause of the problem was business owners who complained about the problem were hogging meters (along with employees) all day. That was the main reasons patrons were not shopping downtown. Same thing occurred in Derry NH. Yes It occurs in this city too. Just spend some time and watch some business owner/employees run out to the meters stuffing in coins in the squares.

    All street meter parking should be limited to time for that particular vehicle. The next time period (2 Hrs?) that vehicle should be gone or tagged. There should be a set Parking LOT area for extended time periods (people using subway). Otherwise the system is truly badly flawed.

  5. A Moore says:

    Won’t matter to me, if they have a parking meter I just keep going. I have yet to use one. I refuse to pay to go to go into a place and pay. It;s not the amount but the principle. When there were no meters I went to Balla nd Mogoun squares. Once they were back I have not been back. And I know I am not alone. It is a public street, why would there be meters?

  6. turnip says:

    Thank you, A. Moore.

    We certainly are tenants on our own land….and no one seems to care, understand, or notice.

  7. Lori says:

    I for one am in favor of the meters and also the new meters with the credit card option. First of all when the parking was free there was never a spot to be found because people would park there ALL day long and unfortunately Ball Square does not have a parking lot for these people. The turnover has made business much better and customers so much happier being able to find a spot with ease. Second, although it is a public street it is also a business district and businesses need parking for their customers so again the meters create turnover and free up parking spots. If you really look at ball square which has no lot the amount of parking spots compared to businesses we really get about 1 1/2 spots per business so again turnover is key. Having said this I am in full support of metered parking and the ease of the credit card option as I have seen people get tagged simply by leaving their car unattended for seconds to get change, I only wish they could take dimes and nickels, and we don’t need an increase in price or decrease in time given per quarter as it is its more than a penny a minute…just an opinion

  8. A. Moore says:

    The meter maids constantly checked and tagged vehicles that were parked over the limit in Ball Square when there were no meters. And they were there, I can vouch for that.

  9. Lori says:

    Well I can vouch that there were hardly ever meter maids tagging and no one got tickets for parking all day…this I am certain of…I am here all day every day and no one could ever find a spot before meters…just stating facts…not trying to debate it I have witnessed this for many many years as i would see the same cars daily parked all day with no ticket…I just know my customers are much happier finding spots…well aside from Saturday when breakfast is being served and I support the breakfast businesses and glad they are busy making parking difficult…and if you’re patient a spot is sure to present itself as there is turnover with meters. 😉

  10. Magoun Square had to endure some business owners parking directly in front of their establishment while the meters were removed for construction. It’s such a disservice to their customers as it prevents them from getting a close spot should they need to run in and run out.

    Parking meters can really assist businesses if they are properly installed, priced and timed.

  11. j. connelly says:

    Haverhill has specificspaces/times for delivery trucks/owners to park to
    deliver, if the vehicle is not moved in the allotted time so others can unload it is ticketed.

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