Question/Comment: A resident expressed concerns with the inconvenience of new permitted parking in Prospect Hill. He notes that he understands the need for additional revenue, but dislikes the idea of having to go to the parking office for temporary permits for party guests to park on his street. He suggests that the City make it possible for people to pay for temporary permits online and then print the permits on their own computers. This could work the same way that people purchase and print airline tickets. It would make things much more convenient for people to host larger gatherings at their residence, since there is no longer space for non-resident guests to park in Somerville. He thinks this would be a terrific gesture to show residents and guests how nice it can be to live in Somerville!
City Update 2/2/10: The City is currently working with our permit vendor to determine the best way to offer this service online, as it does require review by personnel at Traffic & Parking to ensure that all residents have equitable access to temporary permits, while still allowing residents of the street to access parking near their homes. The City recently switched vendors for all Traffic & Parking systems, and with any new system there are always adjustments that need to be made. Online permitting and similar services are some that are at the top of our list for the near future, and the City appreciates feedback on this issue.