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Changes on the table for PARK Atlanta contract

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Drivers in metro Atlanta have complained about PARK Atlanta problems for months. Now the city of Atlanta is listening to their concerns.

"It's a pain in the butt," driver Djuan James said.

"It's not user-friendly," driver Nesha Lewis said.

"More needs to be changed immediately. I've been down in Atlanta for two years and I've had nothing but problems with parking," driver Walter Bynum said.

After months of contemplation and negotiation, there's a new compromise on the table. The city negotiated new legislation which Councilman Lamar Willis said addresses drivers' concerns.

"They must have proper signage, they must give citizens the ability to file complaints online, and they must make sure all of the meters are operating timely," Willis said.

That also means PARK Atlanta is not allowed to ticket if meters are broken or if signs are not in place.

"Is it enough? Enough is usually getting rid of parking enforcement all together. That is not realistic in a city where people want to park and you need to have that turnover in that parking space. Will we do more as the opportunity presents itself? Absolutely," Willis said. 

Paying for parking directly affects the city's bottom line.

"We entered the contract because the city was in a dire financial position at the time," Willis said.

If the legislation passes, the city will keep $5.3 million of the $5.5 million contract, losing $200,000 for the compromise.

The issue will go before the transportation committee next Wednesday and it could be passed by the City Council as early as Nov. 19.

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