City Council approves parking meter upgrades

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 7:52 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Benefitting from another driver's time on a paid parking meter is about to get more difficult in Downtown Spokane.

City leaders unanimously approved Monday night to install new meters that clears any remaining time left as soon as drivers pull away.

A Milwaukee-based company will install the meters for testing. The meter comes outfitted with a credit card reader and vehicle sensors.

Officials said when a driver pulls out of a parking spot any remaining time gets wiped away to zero.

The proposed meters will provide real time occupancy data and turnover rates to parking officials. The meters also have the ability to warn parking monitors if a driver has parked in a spot and did not pay. The meters also alert parking monitors if a driver blocks a fire hydrant.

Spokane leaders said parking meters that accept credit cards tend to generate 20% more revenue over the traditional. Parking meters bring in up to $2 million each year according to city leaders.

The City plans to install 800 new meters by this winter if the tests go well.

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