By Michael Calhoun

ST.LOUIS (KMOX) – Leave the change at home: new, electronic parking meters go into service in parts of two city neighborhoods today.

The tests are running downtown on 10th St. between Chestnut and Washington Ave. and at Broadway and Pine, and in the Central West End at Maryland and Euclid as well as Laclede and Euclid.

Four different kinds of meters from four different companies are being tested. Some look like big boxes in the middle of the block while others resemble the traditional poles. All of them take credit and debit cards. Some will allow you to extend time remotely using a smartphone app.

City Treasurer Tishaura Jones says she knows people can’t wait for the upgrade.

“I understand that this is something that’s important to the city. And we’ve been stuck in the 19th Century for a while and the mantra in our office is to go from the 19th Century to the 21st Century,” Jones tells KMOX News. “I’ve put a lot of pressure on me.”

She says they’ll give it six months to see which kind of meter works best and then work up a plan to upgrade the city’s thousands of meters in phases.

Parking meters in downtown St. Louis will begin accepting credit cards instead of change, February 3, 2014 .  (Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

Contact reporter Michael Calhoun:; @michaelcalhoun

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