No pocket change? Use plastic to pay for parking
A project spearheaded by Dr. Eric Stein last year will came to fruition today as we start a trial of installing 50 new parking meters which will take credit cards. About ten meters were installed today, and the installation will be completed by Friday.
The project was developed in the Technology Committee (of which I am a member) and incorporates a variety of improvements which we hope to leverage in the coming year. The meters use wireless capabilities to communicate credit card charges securely to a payment gateway. In addition, the units are charged by solar panels on the back so long-term maintenance costs are reduced.
In addition, as part of this project we have added the capability of the borough to accept credit card transactions. We’ll be looking into expanding the acceptance of credit cards for other services where it makes sense.
Dr. Eric Stein says, “This is a huge advantage in terms of convenience and functionality for residents and visitors and makes it that much easier to shop and dine in Media.”
In addition, we will be working to install new parking meter kiosks in the garage, in addition to doing renovation to the aging structure. After evaluating the efficacy of the meters this year, we will look to expand their usage to more areas of Media to make it easier for all visitors and residents to pay for parking.