Time runs out for old Echo Park parking meters – and free parking

The good news is that the problem-prone meters in two of Echo Park’s largest public parking lots are being replaced with  more reliable automated pay stations. The bad news is that the motorists who have been enjoying free parking as the meters are replaced will soon have to start paying up again.  The $130,000 project includes new Park and Pay Stations and the resurfacing of  Lot #662 and Lot #663, which together contain more than 100 spaces south of Sunset Boulevard.  An automated pay station  – which accepts coins, credit cards  and payment via mobile phone – goes into operation tomorrow, Friday, May 6,  in Lot #663, which is located between Logan Street and Echo Park Avenue, according to Vahan Pezeshkian, an engineer with the city’s Department of Transportation. One week later on Friday, May 13,  motorists will have to begin using a Pay Station in Lot #662 (pictured above) between Logan and Lemoyne streets. The new system means that motorists won’t be able to pay at their parking space but it will cut down on the city’s maintenance costs, said a department spokesman.

The arrival of the new parking lot pay stations (one has been operating in a lot off Echo Park Avenue) follows years of complaints by merchants and their patrons of broken and vandalized meters. In November 2009,  following a parking rate hike, many of the meters filled up so quickly with coins that they were left unusable.

The pay stations  will be new but the old parking rates will remain: 25 cents per 30 minutes and $2.50 all day.

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  1. Hello Eastsider LA,

    Thanks for the update on the parking lots upgrades. When you talk to LADOT again can you ask them what they plan to do with the concrete “stoppers” in the lots.

    I understand from a neighbor that they will not be replaced. There is a concern about pedestrian safety without them.


  2. I live right next to this lot. Awesome how the city completely failed to notify any of us about the construction that would be waking up with steamrollers and jackhammers at 7am all week. Thanks so much, City of L.A.!

  3. can i ask why the lots, ever since they’ve changed over to the high-tech features, have new enforcement hours starting at 7am? nobody is parking there at that hour in the morning anyway, cause almost no businesses are open at that hour. the practical effect of all this is to make it so that residents (already hard up for parking spots!) can’t park there overnight. most of us with jobs that live in the apartments surrounding the lots leave for work some time after 7am, meaning that we can’t park there overnight. it sucks.

  4. If anything they should start enforcement at 9am and extend the enforcement hours until 3 in the morning, so they can at least make money off of all the goons tailgating before they go to The Echo all week long. I don’t park in that lot anyway, since the lots are actually less safe than the street or alleys because of the bar scene.

  5. It’s all about money. If we live in EP, most of us will have to walk or ride a bike. Who can afford the gas, much less parking fees? In order to make money, they had to start the hours earlier.

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