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City Installs New Plastic-Friendly Parking Meters

New Meters Accept Credit, Debit Cards
This week the city of Indianapolis will begin the first phase of a controversial plan to revamp its parking meters.

Crews will begin installing new state-of-the-art parking meters that accept credit and debit cards as well as cash.

The new meters will be installed throughout downtown and in Broad Ripple, and many drivers are looking forward to them.

"I've gotten parking tickets before. Now, I can just use my card and I won't get a parking ticket," said Fronda Fisher.

"That's a really good idea (to use) the debit cards because no one ever has cash on them," said Christine Peacock.

However, along with the new meters come higher prices. The current rate of 75 cents will be raised to $1 per hour to park. The hours of operation will also be extended to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

While the plastic-friendly meters may seem convenient, some drivers aren't too excited about the changes.

"I don't like the extended hours," said Amy Laker.

Other drivers can't wait to see the new parking meters on the streets.

"I think it's a good idea," said Fisher.

Although business owners worry the higher prices and extended hours of operation may keep people from coming downtown, several drivers disagree.

"I don't think it will make people change their habits that much, I really don't," said Laker.

"We have it relatively good compared to other cities. I don't love it but I understand," said Alan McGuire.

When the second phase of the project begins, rows of meters will be replaced with pay boxes. In the third phase, meters will be replaced in residential areas.

City officials said the money generated from the meters will be used to improve area infrastructure, such as roads and sidewalks.
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