Pay by Credit Card at Downtown Parking Meters?

A new project aims to relieve the parking problem in downtown Cedar Rapids. The downtown district wants to improve parking as a tool for economic growth.
The city, the downtown district and Carl Walker Inc. are teaming up to paint a positive picture of the downtown community.

New parking meters are an option on the table. Under this plan, drivers in downtown Cedar Rapids would have the convenience to swipe a credit card.

Dennis Burns said, "we've seen in other communities they raised revenue by 15-35 percent just because of the new technology." Local business owners believe this will help boost business.

Karl Moscrip with Hall Bicycle in downtown Cedar Rapids said, " I think the idea of meters taking credit cards would be good. I know we have a lot of people that have to come and get change for parking." The downtown district hopes to attract more people downtown and help boost the local economy.
City of Cedar Rapids
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