New parking signs to replace confusing ones

January 7, 2013 3:22:43 PM PST
Some new parking signs are set to replace the long confusing ones found stacked around the city.

Oh, you've seen them. Parking signs stacked on top of each other.

"It's confusing and it's also deceiving," said one person.

It's also a dilemma that still keeps Midtown parking veterans like Brian Bischoff guessing.

"You have to take a moment to understand which, if you can park there during the day or at night. Or if you have to pay the meter. It's pretty much up in the air with the older ones," Bischoff said.

They are long panels of signs, some 60 inches, the DOT commissioner even admits they can be confusing.

"That's a cross between an Excel spreadsheet and a totem pole," said Janette Sadik-Khan, the New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner.

Now comes a new effort to pull the cover off 6,300 new signs in Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

"I think Twitter was on to something when it limited the number of characters you could have," Sadik-Khan said.

The old signs used to average 250 characters. With the new signs there will be no more than 140 characters, just like Twitter.

"They will result in fewer parking tickets for New Yorkers and tourists," said Christine Quinn, New York City Council Speaker.

Hopefully they will also result in some new clarity.

"No, actually the other signs are red and are easier to see," said Adelle Ribolow, a parker.

The new ones are one color and now about 48 inches long.

There are also changes for the blue Muni Meter signs.

"The Muni signs will be gone now because everybody pays at Muni meters in Manhattan," Sadik-Khan said.

"On top it says three-hour metered parking so it's pretty much common sense," Bischoff said.

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