The installation of 600 singles-space parking meters in Downtown Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods is expected to wrap up tomorrow. Rather than the kiosk-style payment stations located on many streets in the city, these traditional looking meters accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard), debit cards and coins.

“We hope Atlantans will find the new meters to be an improvement to the existing single-space parking meters which presently only accept coins,” said Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza.

Meters are being installed in the Fairlie Poplar District and Central Business District of Downtown Atlanta, Sweet Auburn Historic District, Midtown, Virginia Highland and Buckhead.

Atlanta drivers will be able to use simple, color-coded key panels and large LCD screens, which will execute their parking transactions in three easy steps. In addition to the payment convenience, the new meters offer solar powered, real-time wireless communications – lowering maintenance needs and increasing regulation and enforcement efficiency. This change will not eliminate all coin-only meters in Atlanta, but that remains a long term goal. Other future improvements include adding the ability to pay for meter time by cell phone.

For more information on the new single-space meters, visit PARKatlanta website at www.parkatlanta.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.