Indianapolis Launches New Pilot Program to Test Multi-Space Parking Meters

Many cities including Seattle, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Portland and Baltimore are moving away from tranditional, single-space coin operated meters to multi-space meters.
Multi-space meters are new, ATM-style parking meters that accept coins, including Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea dollars, and credit cards - Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Multi-space parking meters are designed to reduce visual clutter, improve aesthetics and promote universal accessibility.

What are the options?

utsglobal.gifThe Department of Public Works is testing two types of meters at three locations in Indianapolis:

The Pay and Display meter is located in the 400 block of W. Washington St. between Missouri and West Streets. This system allows a motorist to park in a defined area with no identified spaces, typcially a block, and pay the centrally located kiosk. The meter will then provide a receipt which must be displayed on the motorist's dashboard on the sidewalk side of the vehicle. This meter distributed by UTS Global of Illinois was also provided at no charge to the city.

The Pay by Space meter is located in the 100 block of S. Illinois and the 900 block of Broad Ripple Ave. between Guilford Ave. and Westfield Blvd. This system is similar to the existing parking process with defined spaces. Each parking space is numbered and that number is entered into the centrally located kiosk that manages 6-10 parking spaces. These kiosks are provided by Reino International at no charge to the city.
Trials begin June 26 and will last for 90 days. During this trial period, residents and visitors are encouraged to utilize the new parking meter technology in order to evaluate which option, if any, is preferable.
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