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Sep 16, 2022

An Update on the Parking Meter Pilot Project in Belize City

It’s been almost six months since the Belize City Council embarked on a parking meter initiative and proceeded to install the devices along the entertainment strip on Newtown Barracks and in downtown on Albert Street. While in some cases, it has been met with consternation, the pilot project is not yielding as much revenue as expected. Nevertheless, Mayor Bernard Wagner says that so far, the project is a success. He says some adjustments had to be made.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“Fantastic. It’s been going pretty well – not in terms of revenues, but in terms of equity in the parking spaces. While we are not looking at the revenue, it has really smoothened out and residents travelling in the Digi Park area and downtown Belize City now have equal opportunity to enjoy that space where before, it was only the taxi men who were enjoying that space. And if everything is thrown aside and the only thing we come back out with parking meters is having the opportunity to spread the equity in terms of the space, we would have won.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, can you give more or less how much revenue has been generated from it?”

 

Bernard Wagner

“I believe the last time we had spoken about it, it is minimal. It’s not something to talk about. We did our early estimates annually on it, our projections, but we had to redo those projections because we are looking at something like thirty-five thousand a year on it based on where it is going right now. So we had to really revamp those figures to have it reflect the on-the-ground results.”

 

Duane Moody

“Expansion possibly?”

 

Bernard Wagner

“Well this pilot project is for a year. After the year is finished, we will assess it and we will identify and see if we can begin to really get some of those other spaces around the city that is city owned and have those spaces be shared equitably with all the residents.”


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