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City taking steps to switch to smart meters

Adam Benjamin
Adam BenjaminCity has its eye on new "smart" parking meters.

A main source of city revenue, the old parking meters in the city that take coins and pre-paid parking cards, will soon finish their time on the street. A city council committee plans to purchase 5,000 single space "smart" parking meters to replace the old meters.

The city's Community Parking District will manage the meter use in the city.

Smart meters keep track of the time limits in the parking zone. San Diegans willbe able to use credit cards and mobile devices to make payments at the new metered parking spaces.

One main goal of the meter change is more efficient use of the time in a parking space. Wide deviations from the standard parking times have been common at the over ten year old meters San Diegans feed coins.

This is a Center Line Policy Alert.