April 22nd, 2018

Take new parking meters for a spin


By Mabell, Dave on February 13, 2018.

A demonstration unit is set up in the foyer at city hall for residents to try out before the new downtown parking system is launched this spring. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Lethbridge Herald

Looking for a parking spot? The City has a new system to handle your payment.

And for drivers not familiar with parking systems in other cities, officials are providing demonstrations of how Lethbridge’s new digital system will work.

Two of the new parking kiosks are now up and running – no charge – in advance of their installation throughout the downtown area this spring. They’re set up in the city hall foyer as well as the Downtown BRZ office on 6 Avenue South for self-guided demonstrations.

The new machines will accept credit cards as well as coins, and officials say motorists will also have the option of paying for parking – and checking on their time remaining – using their smartphones.

Like the kiosks in Calgary, the payment terminals will prompt drivers to identify their parking zone, then key in their licence plate number before making payment. About 170 of the “pay by plate” kiosks will be provided in the city centre, replacing the old meters currently installed at more than 1,900 parking stalls.

There will be no change to the current parking prices, officials add.

Later, staff members will provide live demonstrations at city hall, starting March 12 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ll also take machines to the annual Home and Garden Show, opening March 21 at Exhibition Park.

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