(MEDFORD)—As of January 6, 2022, the City is now in charge of parking operations and enforcement with the cancellation of its contract with vendor Park Medford. With the City back in control, there will be a brief transitional period while the parking department is building its team and updating equipment.
Since Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn ended the Park Medford contract over the summer, the new department has been staffing up with Parking Director Faye Morrison hired in October and seven employees onboarded in January. As the team works to optimize procedures and program kiosks, parking will be free for the public for the next few weeks. The City has added new signage to the payment kiosks throughout its commercial streets alerting the public to this change in enforcement.
The City estimates that kiosks will be fully operational and accepting payments some time in February. Next month, the public will be alerted to the changes in enforcement and told of the timeframe of when people can expect ticketing to start.
For people needing to pay a ticket, cash payments for previously issued parking tickets are being accepted at the Treasury Office window in room 108 at Medford City Hall, as long as people bring the physical ticket.
For those seeking to renew a parking permit and are worried about ticketing, the City is compiling a list of people whose permits have expired and will be mindful with enforcement that these permits are yet to be renewed. Those interested in renewing their permit can contact the parking office at 781-393-2463, leave their information and the City will contact you when permits are available.
The City has launched the Parking Department web page that has plenty of useful information for the public, including policies, frequently asked questions and contact information for parking staff. For more info, visit medfordma.org/parking.
It was expected that the transition to an equitable and efficient parking department run by the City would have its challenges, which is why we have repeatedly asked for your patience. These issues however are only temporary, and the City appreciates the public’s patience and understanding as it brings a better parking strategy to the community.
We will be updating everyone again in the coming weeks when we have more information and a better timeline.