By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - 8 parking spots in downtown auburn went digital last week, giving more options for residents to feed the meter.
No more quarter meters. electronic meters have landed, and expanded payment options for some parking in downtown auburn.
"A lot of people don't carry cash anymore. A lot of people don't particularly don't have quarters the old mechanical meters. So, it's really a matter of convince" said, Kevin Cowper, Assistant City Manager for Auburn.
The new meters allow quarter, cash, and credit payments. So, saying goodbye to a few quarter only meters is one change residents don't seem to mind.
"I think it's going to be a very convenient thing because not having the correct change." said, Auburn resident, Lindburg Jackson. "How many times have we run into the shops and asked for quarters so that we can feed the meter." said, Auburn resident, Katie O'Donnell.
The new way of parking may become even more digital in the future. The city said they're working towards creating an app that will correspond to the new meters.
"you can pull up an app on your iphone or other phone and the system would tell you what spaces are available for parking and what spaces are occupied." said, Cowper.
The city also said expect to see more electronic meters downtown towards the end of summer.
The current parking rate of twenty-five cents an hour will not change on the electronic meter. However, there is an additional fifty cent charge for those using a credit card.
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