The ease of finding parking in downtown Bangor varies from one street to the next, and so does the likelihood of getting a parking ticket.
In October 2018, Tennessee-based Republic Parking took over the city’s downtown parking administration and replaced on-foot parking enforcement officers with a white parking enforcement vehicle that’s since become a fixture on downtown streets.
The vehicle is equipped with a camera that takes photos of license plates in parking spots. If those vehicles are still in the same spots past the allotted time limits when the enforcement vehicle passes by again, the system will flag it, said Parke Clemons, Republic Parking’s general manager.
In the year after the automated enforcement began, Bangor issued 11,379 parking tickets — a combination of those issued by the enforcement vehicle that patrols downtown and police-issued tickets outside of the downtown area. That was a 40 percent increase over the number of parking tickets issued in the previous October-to-September period.
The three streets where the most parking tickets were issued from October 2018 to September 2019 were Harlow Street (973 tickets), Main Street (869) and Exchange Street (753), according to data requested by the BDN.
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The reason for a high number of parking violations on those streets has to do with the proliferation of businesses and restaurants on those streets, as well as government buildings including Bangor City Hall on Harlow Street and the Penobscot Judicial Center on Exchange Street.