PARKatlanta is out. ATLPlus is in.
Mayor Kasim Reed announced earlier Wednesday that SP Plus Corporation (SP +) will manage the city's new parking program – ATLPlus.
Reed said one major change is the city will now have an appeals process for people who want to dispute parking tickets.
"So everybody who use to tweet me about their parking tickets, you now have somebody else to tweet," he said.
Folks will have 14 days to contest their tickets. Reed said people will get two chances to contest their tickets. If the dispute can't be settled in-house, it will go before the city's municipal court.
Jason Spoeth, the regional vice president for SP +, said under the old system, drivers typed in the parking space number to pay. Now, they'll use their license plate number.
The beautiful thing about that is that time is yours when you purchase it and doesn't stay with that space," Spoeth said.
He said new pay machines that will have highly visible color screens will be installed in the next few months. He also said there are no plans to increase parking fees or citation rates.
"The bottom line is this experience is going to be better than it has ever been before in Atlanta," Reed said.