City of Salem to replace old parking meters

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The city’s parking task force already recommended it in January: The more than 15 year old parking meters on the Capitol mall should be replaced. They are simply too old, lack modern technology and have become a maintenance problem for the city. Yesterday the city finally agreed to provide funding to upgrade the parking meters.

The city will use a 1.5 US dollars loan from the city’s water and sewer fund. In 6 years the loan will be paid back with parking revenues.

 The City Officials haven’t decided what they want yet, but these are the 2 types of solutions that have been discussed:

  • Pay-and-Display parking meters. Using this type will mean that the 1400 old parking meters will be replaced by 136 parking pay stations, where customers can buy a ticket.
  • Parking meters that are similar to the old ones, but also accept credit and debit card payments, in addition to coin payments.

The city expects to issue an RFP this October. The new technology parking meters could be installed around this time next year.

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