The multi-space parking meters installed around Brookline this spring are widely reviled as slow, complicated and inconvenient to many motorists.
So when Town Meeting took up the issue Wednesday, the vote to fix or retire the 90 meters now scattered about town was solidly in favor, despite pleas to let the Parking Meter Task Force convened several months ago continue its work to make them easier to use.
“People hate these meters,” said Jonathan Karon, a town Meeting member. “Just because we spent lots of money on them doesn’t mean we have to keep them.”
The meters, according to the town’s reports, cost more than $1 million. They have netted $160,000 more overnight parking fees than expected.
Karen Wenc, speaking for the Advisory Committee, also noted hundreds of emails she’s seen complaining about the “vagaries and caprices of the new meters.”
Town officials argued for patience, since the meters allow parkers to pay with bills or credit cards, can be programmed to increase pricing when there’s a Red Sox game, for example, and are easier to repair than the 1,550 single-space, coin-operated meters they replaced.