Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says the city could boost revenue and free up downtown parking spaces by rolling out meters that accept payments via smartphones.
Jackson says the increased revenue would come by ending the current practice of people getting lucky and zipping into spaces that have time left on the meter - under a smartphone system, a meter would reset every time somebody new pinged the meter with a phone.
City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large), said he loves nothing more than getting some free time at a space, but said he welcomes Jackson's proposal, in part because it would let the city crack down on the out-of-towners he says are currently getting free all-day parking in downtown Boston by hanging bogus handicap parking permits on their mirrors. "It's offensive," he said.
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