The Darien Board of Selectmen on Monday unanimously approved a plan to replace daily parking vouchers with an electronic pay station, but dropped the idea of raising parking fees this year.
So fees will remain at $3 per day -- not the $5 that had been proposed earlier -- and the scratch-off voucher system will be extended until July 1, 2014.
Commuters and other riders will be able to either pay at one of three kiosks at each train station in town -- Darien or Noroton Heights -- or pay online, using either an app or a website. So even someone with a company smartphone that doesn't allow applications can make a payment on the train rather than line up at a kiosk in the cold or when a train is about to leave.
In a related matter, board will also consider whether to convert about 40 parking spaces now reserved for permit holders at each train station to non-permit parking. Parking spots for permit holders, generally closer to the stations than non-permit spaces, are often not used by about that amount, selectmen had been told.