After 51 years, Binghamton parking garage accepts credit cards

People who park in an old garage in the city center will soon be able to pay with a credit card.

A new payment system was installed on the State Street parking ramp, which opened in 1970.

Since opening 51 years ago, the State Street Garage has been a cash-only service. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

It replaces an archaic system that only accepted cash. The lack of a credit card option frequently frustrated Binghamton University students and other visitors to the city center.

The old key cards that had been used by people paying monthly parking fees did not work with the new system. A sign advises monthly users to get new cards in the new Washington Street and Hawley Street parking lot.

The entrance to the State Street garage on June 23, 2021 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Those who use the State Street garage can congratulate themselves on the modernized payment system, but they will still have to deal with the lack of an elevator.

Five years ago, Mayor Richard David said there were plans to install two new elevators in the twelve-story parking lot. But structural and engineering issues resulted in the abandonment of these plans.

The elevators in the State Street garage have not operated for several years. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com or (607) 772-8400 ext 233.

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