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ExpressPark Hits Bump When Bids Come In Over Budget

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 11:47AM
New Credit Card Meter on 9th Eric Richardson [Flickr]

10,000 new parking meters that accept credit card payments were installed by the city this summer.

The city's ambitious project to smarten up Downtown's street parking spaces will have to take another spin around the block before getting underway. A pair of bids to implement the ExpressPark project came in over the Department of Transportation's $18.5 million budget, so the department is reworking some of the requirements before asking for new bids.

The RFP released late last year called for 5,500 on-street parking spaces around Downtown to be fitted with new high-tech meters and sensors to detect whether the spot is in use. Both the meter spaces and 7,500 garage spaces would be tied into a central computer system that would allow at-a-glance views of realtime parking data.

In an attempt to bring the bids into budget, the department won't remove any of the elements, but may have to scale some of them back, said spokesman Bruce Gillman this week.

The re-bid delay is only expected to set the project back about a month, with construction still set to be completed this summer.

ExpressPark is part of Metro's federally-funded ExpressLanes demonstration project.

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