City Testing New Parking Meters

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CLEVELAND — The City of Cleveland is testing out two new parking meter systems.

Thursday, 49 credit card parking meters were unveiled on the south side of Erieside Avenue, across from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the south side of Chester Avenue between East 18th and East 22nd Streets.

In addition to accepting credit and debit card payments, the meters also report coin jams and full coin boxes to staff members.

City leaders will evaluate the effectiveness of the system in making downtown parking more convenient for drivers.

Jeff Verga, of Wisconsin, was visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday and tested out the new meters.

“It’s convenient, if you don’t want to dig around for change, you can just whip out your card. It takes the same amount of time, it’s just a matter of convenience,” said Verga.

A second test meter will launch at the end of September. Sensors will be installed on 100 existing parking meters, which will transmit the availability of open parking spaces to drivers through a free smart phone app.

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