Automation in Beantown


Automation in Beantown

Gasp — Boston comes into the modern age — they are installing a system of computerized citation writing equipment so their staff will be able to provide a clear copy for the law breaking public. Local news papers are heralding the event, likening it to the second coming.

There was a parenthetic comment that this type of equipment had been in service for decades elsewhere in the country, but most seemed happy that the denizens of Bunker Hill and the area around the "commons" will be able to read their citations and pay them more quickly.

The seemingly important thing was that the new tickets will be on waterproof paper. That may be a big deal in Boston, but in drier climes it doesn’t resonate. The envelopes will remain orange. That’s hot news, too.

Must be a slow news day for the Globe. However, they do point out that unreadable wet citations are the number one excuse for not paying. Those of us living in arid areas have to come up with better stories than that.

Good for Boston — they are now in the modern age with a multi billion dollar leaky tunnel and computerized citation equipment. Next on their agenda? Pay and Display.


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