Sacramento to See New Electronic Parking Meters

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SACRAMENTO—

It won’t be long before you can pay for parking with your credit card, right at the meter.

But, don’t discard that lose change in your pocket.

“The meter takes quarters and nickels, and dimes and dollar coins,” said Mike King with the Sacramento Parking Division.

It’s all to make it easier for those visiting downtown.

“How many of you have 10 quarters with you today?” said Matt Ironman, Sacramento’s interim parking manager.

Probably not too many. The average stay in Sacramento is two hours, which would require 10 quarters. The old parking meter which only accepted quarters and pre-paid parking cards.

The parking division asked city council Tuesday night to purchase 6,000 new, green-powered meters from a San Diego-based company. The plan is to replace 4,000 old meters in six months.

That includes getting rid of the green kiosks that would spit out receipt stickers you’d have to display in your window.

City council is expected to give the go-ahead the next time they meet.

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