Tired of being nickled and dimed by parking? Decatur will soon accept credit
The city of Decatur plans to replace 315 on-street parking meters with meters that will accept credit cards.
Once the meters are up and running, the city plans to connect them to an online app that will alert users about available parking spaces.
Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne, who oversees economic development, said the city plans to begin installation of the new meters in February of next year and be finished by March. She said the new technology will allow the city to keep better track of how spaces are used and how often they become available.
“The equipment is old and outdated technology and doesn’t allow for payment options other than coins,” Menne said. “We are updating the equipment to make it easier for customers to pay using credit, debit, loadable smart cards and of course coins. We will be using a mixture of single space meters and multi-space meters. Metering on-street spaces allows us to manage these very desirable spaces to assure that they are available for short-term parking users like customers and clients of our downtown businesses.”