"Smart parking meters will expand the payment options for parking at
The changeover to new meters reuses existing meter poles and the lower part of the meter head. The display portion of the meter and its internal workings will be replaced with the new technology.
"Parking is a critical component to accessing all the fantastic things that
The parking meters use a solar-powered battery system with a highly visible expiration time indicator. The meters have real-time communication capabilities, which allow web-based identification of broken meters and instant processing of credit card transactions that use the highest level of security. Information in the meter window displays parking rates, hours and days when payment is required, and notes parking restrictions.
Another benefit of the smart meters will become available later this year when in-pavement sensors will be installed so customers can use an app to find unoccupied, on-street parking spaces in
Cash keys will no longer be accepted by the smart meters, but will continue to be an option in parking lots and garages that currently accept them. Residents who will no longer need cash keys will receive in trade a special value card equivalent to the cash key's loaded value plus original deposit. The value cards can be used like a credit card in the smart meters until their value is zeroed out. Beginning today, customers can exchange their cash key for the value card at the
MCDOT conducted a pilot project using 41 smart meters to assess how well they work, their accuracy and features and obtain feedback from customers through an online survey. The overwhelming response to the meters was extremely positive.
The meters will be provided by
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