Credit card meters tested in STL

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Tuesday night, the City of St. Louis is asking for the public's input for the future of parking meters.

NewsChannel 5's Dana Dean tried all four types of credit card meters that the city is currently testing downtown and in the Central West End. Each one is different.

Some accept cash and change along with card and some are faster than others.

In downtown on10th street, there's one machine for several parking spots. That means you have to walk a short distance to pay.

When testing a different brand on Broadway, a construction worker told me he didn't like it because you can't pay until 8 a.m. For example, in the past, you could plug the meter at 7:45 a.m. even though enforcement didn't start until 8.

The test meters in the Central West End are single space meters. They look similar to the normal meters but take credit card.

Here's the downside: if you are using a credit card, it charges you for at least an hour. That's not the case with coins.

Out of all four, the favorite are the meters on Euclid and Laclede in the Central West End because it was fast and simple. Plus, you don't have to walk or wait in line to pay.

The city will pick one type of meter in August with plans to start installing them in the fall.

The public can try out all four meters Tuesday at 6 p.m. at a town hall meeting at the downtown library. Twenty percent of the final decision is based on public feedback.

For more information, visit the City of St. Louis Treasurer Page and the City of St. Louis parking technology page.


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