Parking Meters Temporarily Replaced With Electronic System

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The City of Wichita has temporarily replaced coin operated parking meters with new electronic paying stations in the main parking lot of Century II.

The parking meters will not be in service during the three-month trial. The parking test project is aimed at convenience for customers and cost-savings for the city.

"There's some resource savings that we're hoping to capture," said John D'Angelo, director of Arts and Cultural Services for the City of Wichita. "That's part of the reason we're doing the test is to see how that works for us."

Starting today, visitors who park in the lot south of the Central Library will be directed to any of the four pay stations to pay for parking.

The pay stations, located near the north entrances to the lot, are equipped to accept both coins and debit and credit cards. The cost for parking will remain the same.

The process to pay for parking has changed. Customers will make note of the parking stall number, then proceed to any of the pay stations. The customer will need to follow instructions on the screen and keep the printed receipt for records. The receipt does not need to be visible in the car.

Police will enforce parking laws and will be able to access information from the pay stations.

"Meters are enforced seven days a week and they need to pay the meters. That will continue just like it has in the past," said D'Angelo.

The three-month test project will cost the city $15,315.

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