Skip to comments.LA Parking Meters Now Take Credit Cards
Posted on 12/19/2012 1:27:34 PM PST by nickcarraway
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced all of the city's parking meters are now officially accepting credit cards.
Villaraigosa said Tuesday the city's 33,997 single space meters and 458 multiple-spot pay stations have been converted to accept both coins and credit cards, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
"These card and coin meters generate needed revenue, are environmentally conscious and, most importantly, they're convenient and reliable," Villaraigosa said.
The conversion began in 2007, with 33,345 of the meters being upgraded during the past two and a half years.
These palookas are years behind Chicago! Sunday metering now, too!
That is really good. Now no more looking under car seats for that last dime. They should have done this years and years ago...at least a decade if not longer.
Some places in the Twin Cities have one or two meters for a whole block. You tap in the number of the parking space and pay with coin, paper or a card.
Someone did it for zero, someone can do it for us.
Old news. I have buds who own stores in downtown L.A. Fasion/Fabric district and every shop owner tells their customers to park at the $3 all-day parking spaces as they know it’s a rip off and the enforcement parking nazis are in-your-face black dudes.
They have those in NYC too, except you don’t enter the number of any specific parking space. You pay with coin, paper or a card (either a credit card, or they sell parking-specific cards), and you get a timed receipt that you put in the window.
The TC version has the advantage that if you can’t hold 6 digits in your mind from the time you leave your parking spot till you get to the machine it’s a good clue that you probably shouldn’t be driving.
(I’m getting close)
how much is this costing taxpayers?
Many of these “NEW” meters are sneaky too. Even if there is time left on them, you move the car and it resets to zero for the next person.
how far behind they are :) The little town of Towson Md. has had meters that take credit cards for 12 years.
Little towns are easy—huge cities are not.