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More Boston Parking Meters Accepting Credit, Debit Cards

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BOSTON (CBS) – Parking in downtown Boston is getting a little bit easier – if you can find a space.

The city has upgraded dozens of parking meters so they now take credit and debit cards – instead of quarters only.

“We’re piloting these 144 meters out in downtown Boston on Devonshire Street, Cambridge Street, Union Street and New Chardon,” Boston Transportation Commissioner Tom Tinlin told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday.

“You slide your card in, it will say you have up to two hours and you can adjust the time to however long you feel that you need to be at that parking meter.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Deb Lawler talks to Tinlin

In addition to the convenience for drivers, Tinlin said the new meters also “allow us more efficiency in our maintenance and collection operations.”

“The meters are really state-of-the art. They’re solar powered. We have wireless communication, so should the vault be filling up with coins or should the credit card payment or coin slot have some type of problem, the meter can actually communicate directly to our repair shop so that we can send a technician out there to fix that problem immediately.”

The city decided to expand their pilot program after the success of multi-space credit card meters in the Back Bay.

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