The meters, which first started running on Jan. 2, run Monday-Saturday between 10 a.m.-2 a.m. the following day. According to a letter sent to village residents, rates for the meters are 25 cents for 30 minutes from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with a 90 minute limit in place, and nighttime rates are 50 cents for 30 minutes or $5 to park all night from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. the following day with no time limit.
Street parking will be free on Sundays and major holidays including New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The letter states that there are a number of free 15 minute parking stalls on Main Street near the post office, banks, take-out restaurants and other businesses that are designed for customers to quickly go "in and out" during the daytime. These spots will become paid spots during the evening hours.
The meters accept payment by cash and credit card currently, and will accept payment using a smartphone app starting Jan. 20.
Following the launch of meters on the streets, meters for Patchogue Village’s parking lots are expected to be installed in the spring along with a resurfacing of the lots.
As previously reported, village residents are currently expected to be able to park freely in all parking areas except for Main Street using a sticker to be issued later in the year. Residents who live outside of Patchogue Village will be able to park freely in about 65 percent of the parking spots all of the time, with 35 percent being metered at different times, Krieger told Patch in September.
Watch a video in the media gallery of Local Editor Michael Sorrentino using the parking meter to buy a spot on Main Street. Please note the video was recorded on Jan. 2 just before last week's snow storm, and reference is made to the date in the recording.
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