EUGENE, Ore. — You may want to carry extra change on you next time you visit downtown Eugene. The city is pulling the plug on credit card parking meters.
Last summer, the city of Eugene had the opportunity to field test the credit card meters before buying them. It installed about 75 if them in the Park Blocks area, but the pilot program is coming to an end.
The city decided not to buy them because they are just too expensive. The meters cost $500 apiece, plus credit card transaction fees.
Business owners in the area say they’re sad to see them go.
“I’m really bummed that they’re going away. They’ve been great as far as people having ease of parking. I feel like I lose customers sometimes when people don’t have change,” says April Unruh, owner of Noble Cafe and Espresso.
Other businesses say they’re not looking forward to non-customers asking for quarters to feed the meter. Fortunately, there are other options. Some parking garages accept credit cards, and credit card meters near the University of Oregon campus are permanent.
The parking meters will come down on April 1 and will be replaced with the original coin meters.