Smart parking meters now available citywide in Madison

Allow drivers to pay with credit, debit cards

MADISON, Wis. - Drivers may notice a new high-tech option when parking in downtown Madison.

The city’s parking division recently installed more than 650 smart meters, eliminating all coin-only meters in Madison, according to a news release by the city. 

The project follows a one-year trial featuring 46 smart meters, which replace the city’s on-street coin-only meters. Smart meters are able to accept payment by credit and debit cards in addition to coins.
A pay-by-cell option will not be immediately available for the single space meters, but the parking division hopes to expand pay-by-cell.

A pay-by-cell option will not be immediately available for the single-space smart meters, according to the release, but the parking division hopes to expand pay-by-cell to include single-space smart meters later this year.

The multi-space meters compromise over half the city's more than 1,400 on-street metered parking spaces will not be replaced at this time, according to the release. A replacement project for the multi-space meters is anticipated to begin within the next one to two years, according to the released. The city plans to explore replacement options, which may include replacement with all smart meters or a combination of smart meters and new multi-space meters. 

Receipts will also be available at these meters when using a credit or debit card or people can look them up by visiting this website. 


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