Parking meter confusion emerges on Central Avenue
May 09, 2018 10:07 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – No one wants a parking ticket, but what do you do when the rules of the road aren't so clear?
Mayor Tim Keller recently announced the city won't charge for parking along the Albuquerque Rapid Transit, at least for now. But some drivers aren't so sure that’s the case.
"We'd heard on the news that parking is free along Central because of the fact the buses aren’t running yet, but we come down and park and the meters are flashing," visitor John Stanke said.
Parking was free along Central Avenue's ART Corridor during construction, but now the meters say otherwise. If you missed the mayor's announcement, there's a good chance you’ll spend some pocket change that you don’t need to.
"People are confused and are paying the meters, so I don't think that's right," said Louie Torres, owner of Louie’s Rock-N-Reels. "Seems like the old bait and switch routine."
Torres has taken it upon himself to tell his customers about the free parking since the meters don't.
"People believe what they read and what the meters say is the information about paying the meters they no longer say free parking like they did for the past year," Torres said.
The city said they recently reinstalled the meters and turned them on to test them. Now, they're in the process of turning them off again to reflect the free parking until July 1.
Updated: May 09, 2018 10:07 PM
Created: May 09, 2018 09:25 PM
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