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Deployment of High-Tech Meters Underway

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at 04:16PM
New Credit Card Meter on 9th Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A newly-installed parking meter on 9th street near Broadway accepts both credit cards and coins.

The Historic Core has been blanketed in high-tech new parking meters this week, part of a program to update 10,000 meters citywide.

That effort was announced in May, but a problem obtaining the units had delayed the start of serious work until now. The department is now installing approximately 200 of the units per day, and hopes to ramp that up to 300 units and get all 10,000 installed by August 31.

"We're replacing those in the most heavily-used areas," explained LADOT spokesman Bruce Gillman.

Besides being a boon to those without pockets bulging with quarters, the new units are also expected to break down less than existing meters, generating more revenue for the city.

The first Downtown demonstration units were installed on 5th street in November of 2008, and those were since joined by other meters on Main and in Little Tokyo. Unlike pay stations, the new units install onto existing meter poles and bases, allowing rapid installation and requiring less user training.

The meters accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, as well as dollar coins. That's especially useful Downtown, where rates go as high as $4 per hour in the Financial District.

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