New meters making parking easier for credit and debit card users

Los Angeles, one of the country’s largest metropolises, may see an end to feed-hungry parking meters in the near future. Drivers who previously lugged around large amounts of pocket change will find a little relief when the city introduces debit and credit card-accepting electronic meters next summer.

The Los Angeles Times reports that drivers searching for parking account for 30 percent of traffic. ExpressPark, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, hopes that the $15 million in grants and $3.5 million in city funds being used for these meters will pay off. Parking meter rates will vary in accordance to demand.

“ExpressPark will allow Los Angeles to take the lead in testing new ways to manage curb parking,” UCLA professor Donald Shoup told the Times.

Los Angeles is just one of many metropolises that are planning to introduce electronic parking meters. San Fransisco has already begun testing the new technology to make parking easier for credit and debit card-holding drivers.