City to Remove Credit Parking Meters

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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.


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  1. RB says:

    A better solution would be to make all downtown parking free. Oh – we can’t do that – it might encourage too much business!

  2. RESIGNKITTY says:

    Funny how the city says that they are just too expensive to purchase and that they do not want to pay the associated transaction fees. If the city can’t afford $500 per meter, for meters that are more convenient to citizens then why have they made the choice to “buy” civic stadium. This liberal, spend money we don’t have attitude in Eugene has only helped the minority. Majority should be the decision maker not the whining people who do not do anything but ask for everything in return (liberals, the mayor and her supporters).

  3. Wendy says:

    How much will it cost to take them down and put the old ones back? They might want to consider that. I find the credit card meters much more convenient. I don’t usually have a lot of change on me, and when I’m parking downtown for business it’s much easier to keep track of the expense for tax purposes.

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