Parking space vehicle sensors have not arrived yet, but those sensors may help generate more income. When a car leaves, the meter will reset. The sensors also provide notification to parking enforcement when cars are parking without paying. The sensors are expected to be delivered in August.
Also to be added are tokens and smart cards that could make payment even easier, allow for rewards by businesses to customers or employees and generate more income from the meters.
Right now, the meters accept coins, credit and debit cards and smart phone payments. Customers inside a boutique or restaurant can renew their metered payments by smart phone without the need to return to their cars. To use the system, they must register by calling 1-888-MPARK-GO (1-888-672-7546). Users have the option of receiving payment reminders alerting them to parking location and expiration time.
The current hours of enforcement at the downtown lot are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the city may expand those hours if enforcement can be provided.