December 13, 2019
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You have at least one more week before you need to pay to park in downtown Bar Harbor

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
A pickup truck pulls into a parking space on Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor on Tuesday next to a partially assembled meter stand. The town has delayed the start of its inaugural downtown paid parking plan for a week so it can finish installing meters and pay kiosks.

Bar Harbor is delaying the implementation of its paid parking plan in the downtown village for a week while it works to get equipment installed and an online permit system up and running.

Bar Harbor town officials had planned to begin charging for parking downtown on Wednesday, but now say the system will go live next week.

Town Manager Cornell Knight said the town hopes to have all meters installed by the end of Thursday. The town then will work to install pay kiosks in public parking lots.

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“They are still installing meters,” Knight said. “We hope to go live with meters and kiosks on Wednesday [May 22].”

The town will have metered parking along Cottage, Main and West streets, as well as Firefly Lane and part of Mount Desert Street, and will use kiosks to charge for parking in eight public lots in the downtown village. Street parking spots closer to the waterfront, generally speaking, will cost $2 an hour and have a time limit of four hours, while those farther away will cost $1.50 an hour but will not have a time limit. There will be no time limit in public parking lots.

Knight said the town also is working to get the town’s online permit registration system up and running. Local residents, employees of downtown businesses and others who qualify will be able to obtain parking permits online, which will enable them to park all day on downtown side streets.

Knight said that town officials hope to have the online permit system operating “any day now.” He said the town now plans to start requiring permits to park on side streets on May 29.

Only permit holders will be allowed to park on downtown side streets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Permits will be required on side streets from noon until 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The downtown paid parking and permit requirements will remain in effect through the end of October this year and, starting in 2020, are expected to be in effect annually from May 1 through Oct. 31.

Town officials say they hope to raise half a million dollars each summer in parking fee and permit revenue, which the town will use for acquiring satellite parking lots and making other transportation-related infrastructure improvements.

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