Credit card-parking meters come to downtown Phoenix

Credit card-parking meters come to downtown Phoenix

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No change, no cash, no park? Not anymore. The city of Phoenix is converting 545 coin-operated parking meters to meters that also accept credit and debit cards.

Not only do the meters accept a new form of payment, but they are operated by solar power. Drivers will be able to differentiate between them and the traditional meters because the new ones will have a green band around the post, as well as Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover logos.

In April, crews will convert even more coin-operated, single-space meters to pay stations that will serve an entire block of parking spaces. Those pay stations will accept both credit/debit cards and coins.

The meter rate and enforcement hours remain the same -- $1.50 per hour, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new meters are mostly concentrated in the downtown area, but there will be some uptown and near Phoenix College.

The city has a total of 2,400 parking meters.

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