New gating equipment coming to the Central Park and Park Place parking structures and the Caras Park lot will provide a greener (less paper and less idling), more user-friendly and efficient parking experience for Missoula drivers. Missoula Parking Commission staff members are working with T2 Systems, Inc. to install the new equipment now and expect to complete the job by the end of June. The new license-plate recognition component of the gating equipment will be able to automatically identify vehicles, enabling lessees to zip in and out of the garages without fumbling for their access cards.
The Park Place parking structure will be a credit card-only facility, accepting Visa and MasterCard payments only. Central Park will no longer have an attendant and will offer a pay-on-foot station that accepts cash as well as Visa and MasterCard payments. In addition, the new ROAM garage at 301 E. Front St. is set to open in August, providing approximately 140 public parking spaces in a mix of hourly-pay and leased spaces. The ROAM garage will also feature the new gating equipment.
“We are very excited, as this upgrade in equipment will offer some unique access options for patrons as well as make our operations run much more efficiently,” Parking Commission Director Rod Austin said.
The new equipment costs approximately $960,000, funded entirely by parking revenue.