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New smart parking meters being installed in downtown Eugene

Meters will connect with the Park Smarter app as well as offer mobile, credit card, and coin payment options.

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 4:59 PM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2018 6:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The City of Eugene Parking Services is implementing a state-of the-art parking system in downtown.

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280 new meters are being installed, offering additional payment options using advanced parking technology. According to city staff, the meters will accept coins, credit cards, Apple and Google pay, as well as Park Smarter mobile phone application and in-vehicle dash payment.

“We are working to give our customers the best parking experience possible,” Jeff Petry, Parking and Technology Manager for the City of Eugene said. “To make it easy to find a spot, we will soon be linking these meters to a new digital application that will indicate whether an on-street space is vacant or occupied.”

City staff said further improvements to parking are also planned in the parking garages, where sensors will determine how many spaces are available. Later this winter, the Overpark and Parcade garages will be equipped with external signs indicating real-time parking availability. Multi-space meters in the Hult Center Garage, Broadway North & South Garages, Library Garage, City Hall Surface Lot, and Train Depot Surface Lot will be replaced with meters that tie-into the street parking ecosystem and offer the same pay-by-smartphone application.

“This is the most advanced parking meter technology available right now,” Petry adds.

With the sunset of the downtown free parking pilot, the new meters will be installed in a 12-square block area of downtown, according to city staff. The meters will help increase parking access by ensuring turnover. The revenue generated from the re-installed meters will provide an important resource for this work.

For more information about City of Eugene Parking, visit: www.eparkeugene.com

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