Test project ends today; meters reinstated
The City’s parking test project in downtown Wichita has ended. The centralized pay stations that were installed at the entrance to the lot east of Century II Expo Hall and south of the Central Library have been turned off and visitors will once again pay for parking at the individual meters. The cost for parking is ten cents for a half-hour, 25 cents for two hours and $1.25 for 10 hours. Parking is enforced daily between 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
“We’re pleased with the citizen input we received throughout the duration of the test project,” said John D’Angelo, manager of the City’s Arts & Cultural Services Division. “We will now evaluate the project, and a recommendation will be presented to City Manager Robert Layton.”
In April, City officials announced a three-month parking test project to make downtown parking more convenient through the use of centralized pay stations that accepted both coins and credit/debit cards. Recent instances of long lines at the pay stations caused by late arrivals or people arriving at one time for a performance or event prompted City officials to end the project two weeks early.
As City officials evaluate the project, they will consider many possibilities including: removing the pay stations altogether; adding more pay stations outside with shade canopies; installing pay stations inside Century II; and allowing people to pay for parking through their cell phones.
The City of Wichita contracted with its current parking management company, The Car Park, to oversee the temporary transition from meters to parking stations. The cost for the test project was $15,315.