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September 20, 2007

More News From Home: Goodbye meters, hello parking revolution

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 8:35 pm

Calgary heralded a new era in downtown parking Thursday, implementing a solar-powered system that will replace 2,000 coin-operated meters.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier called the high-tech pay stations a “revolution in parking” as he demonstrated their benefits for reporters. The new system accepts cash, credit-card or cellphone payments.

Calgary has patented its new computerized parking system.Calgary has patented its new computerized parking system.

Each street is split up into zones, with one or two machines on each street, which seems to be confusing for first-time users.

“I couldn’t find any parking meters on the street so I was a little confused,” said Marlene Nelson. “It took me a while to check and recheck the signs to make sure that I wasn’t going to be towed.”

A driver must punch in the zone where the vehicle’s parked, the vehicle’s licence plate number, the time and the method of payment.

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