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New Credit Card Parking Meters Make Their Debut In the CWE

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - New parking meters that accept either change or credit cards made their public debut Friday morning in the Central West End, at Maryland and Euclid.

With the slogan of “No Change? No Problem”, the five-dozen meters at that location will be used during a six month trial period, after which they could start going up in other parts of the city’s central business district outside busy destinations like hospitals and license offices.

Ashley Buck of St. Louis made a point to walk up and shake Jones’ hand, thanking her for installing the card-reading meters.

Buck said she became sold on them after encountering the meters in Kansas City last year.

“Not everybody carries change,” she explained. “A lot of people have dollar bills or their credit card, and you end up getting a ticket even though you have the money to pay.”

But not everybody’s sold on the new technology.

Richard Reeder cast a suspicious eye on the green-topped, solar energy-storing meters with the thin slot for credit cards.

He just had to get a new card issued in his name because he was caught up in the Schnucks credit card fiasco, and he says when it comes to parking he’ll drop in a quarter or two but his card will stay in his wallet.

“Who knows what happens to that information (from his card)?,” Reeder told KMOX News. “It’s more or less we’re being guinea pigs again.”

But Jones was quick to reassure Reeder and any other skeptics that a Schnucks-like information breach is patently impossible with the new meters.

“They’re PCI-compliant, they’re very secure,” Jones insisted. “Information is transmitted wirelessly to our server and once the information is taken we get rid of it after we charge the card.”

Jones hopes they catch on and more can be installed around the city after the six month trial period has ended.

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