New shelters have large signage and overhead lighting
The Amherst DPW has installed shelters to enclose the parking payment machines around town, making the system a tad more user friendly. The town switched over to the machines (which take credit cards) in the winter of 2011, but to a rough start.
All around DPW installing machines in the downtown on Thursday
The directions were a tad confusing -- especially since the machines do not spit out receipts -- and the tiny screens, which are not backlit, especially hard to read at night.
The shelters cost $13,000 but since the system generates $8,500 per week in parking meter fees, they should pay for themselves in only a couple weeks.