ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Back from a convention on parking meters, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones says she has seen the future, and the future is plastic.

“We just returned from the International Parking Institute’s conference and yes, we didn’t see a coin meter on the convention floor,” she said. “Most meters now accept credit cards and coins.”

Currently there are sixty meters that accept credit cards and cash in the Central West End. Jones says about 20 percent of commuters there are using their plastic.

Eventually, Jones would like to install more credit card compatible meters in the central business district. The change would have at least one major advantage for downtown, allowing fans to pay for an entire Cardinals game without having to risk a ticket or feed the meter during the game.

The Treasurer’s office is seeking feedback from motorists on its website to the proposed changes which also include other high-tech options for your parking future. “Parking apps with your cell phone and finding spaces using technology on cellphones or websites,” Jones explained.

“The advantages are we get paid a lot faster; right now we have to wait until the meters are empty and then that money gets collected, counted, and then we do the reconciliation process and that goes through the department,” she added. “With credit card meters the money goes directly to our bank, everyday.”


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