“Deploy the smart parking meters!”
Sounds like something out of a bad science fiction movie.
But that was the language in a York city press release on Monday, one that goes on to say 30 of the new meters will be installed and deployed downtown starting April 1.
The new meters radiate out from Continental Square one block in each direction, and are a pilot program.
These meters accept payment via coins, credit cards, and debit cards “for the convenience of our downtown parkers,” the release states.
“Parkers simply park, pay, and walk away,” it continues.
The single-space parking meters use solar power and rechargeable battery packs to provide ongoing power. They also eliminate the hassle for visitors of standing downtown, digging for coins.
(Anyone with questions about the meters can call the city’s parking bureau at 845-1732.)
It was just last week, actually, when I was on South George Street and found myself delving into my pockets — then cup holders; then spare coat; then glove box — for the quarter that would allow me to stay long enough for a story.
Thankfully, I was smart enough to uncover some change under the floor mat.
I blew off the dirt and rubbed away the lint, presumably just before the parking tickets were deployed.