Minneapolis Parking Meters to Take Credit Cards

The City of Minneapolis is about to start replacing it's old parking meters and St. Paul is not far behind. Minneapolis has been looking to cities like Montréal, Chicago, and Melbourne to get an idea of what works, and what doesn't. 
Three new types of high-tech parking meters will start rolling out next month. The main model looks more like an ATM, covers a half block and takes credit cards.

Over the next three years, the city will replace seven thousand meters in Minneapolis, at a cost of $6.6 million. It was just 12 years ago that the last of the old mechanical meters were retired and the mechanical ones were much cheaper to fix.

The smart cards will now be retired. The thing is the smart cards were expensive. Each one cost $12 and you had to keep putting money on them to get more time. As a result, only two percent of the public were actually using the cards.

The city announced Thursday that a six-month trial with some new meters, a simpler stand alone version, that also takes credit cards. 
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