ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Are overzealous meter maids keeping people from coming to downtown St. Louis?

Jared Boyd with the St. Louis Treasurer’s Office addressed the issue on KMOX Friday. He said it may seem that way to some but he denies that people avoid coming downtown because they are afraid of receiving a ticket.

“Despite the fact that we’ve only been in this office for a short time, we’re certainly looking at the most effective and efficient way to use parking and utilize parking downtown,” he said.

Boyd said the Treasurer’s Office is looking at a way to post available parking spots online in real time and “offer citizens and visitors the opportunity to plan their parking opportunities before they come to downtown so hopefully they’ll be able to go to a website and view all the available parking before they make their trip to St. Louis.”

Boyd said his department, headed by Treasurer Tishaura Jones, is ready to launch a pilot program in the Central West End that would allow people to use their debit cards to pay for parking.

“We recognize that all our residents and visitors may not have change and we want to offer people to want to park longer the opportunities of longer-termed parking solutions,” he said.

St. Louis has 40 meter-reading officers to patrol the city’s 10,000 meters.


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