Columbus Starting Second Phase Of Smart Meter Installations


The city of Columbus is starting the second phase of smart parking meter installation Wednesday.

The new parking meters accept credit and debit cards as well as coins and will completely replace the old coin-only meters by Dec. 31.

Once completed, the Department of Public Service says that they will begin replacing smart meters with a more advanced model in high traffic areas including the Arena District, the North Market area and the Short North.

The advanced meters feature a 20 percent larger screen that is easier to read.

The Department of Public Service says the advanced meter installation will be complete in fall 2014, weather permitting.

The 4,800 smart parking meters have solar rechargeable batteries.

In addition to credit cards, debit cards and coins, the meters will also take two types of prepaid cards.

Rechargeable cards carry a maximum balance of $50 and can be reloaded at the Parking Violations Bureau.

Non-rechargeable cards are available in amounts of $25, $50 and $100 and can be recycled after use.

Pre-paid cards are sold 50 West Gay St., on the first floor, and at the Parking Violations Bureau.

The new pre-paid cards will not work at old coin-only meters, but customers can transfer funds to new cards free-of-charge.

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