LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Less than a year after the city purchased 8 brand new parking machines in the River Market, half of them are broken.
"We apologize for the problems this is causing," said Public Works Operations Manager Eric Petty. "We will work with Duncan Solutions to get these machines up and running." Petty says two of the four broken machines went down in June, and Duncan Solutions didn't respond to his maintenance request until Friday. "I would expect to have these parking meter parts a lot earlier than a six to eight week period since the first meter went down," he added. When asked if the city is satisfied with the machines Petty said, "No, not at this time."
Meanwhile, drivers in the River Market say they're fed up with the machines. "A lot of these machines don't work and you have to run all the way down the street and it's a pain," said Shari Anderson. "I hate them." The city is still requiring visitors to pay for parking, even though some spaces are more than two blocks from the nearest working pay station. "I think it was a bad investment for the city," said Holly Schimmel. "The city is going to lose potentially a lot of money and have a lot of angry citizens if they're going to ticket folks especially if the machines aren't working. It's just not right."