60-day Pilot Project Will Utilize Credit Cards for Payment;
City Will Host Meetings To Obtain Public Feedback & Input
RAPID CITY, SD--New credit card smart meters are in Rapid City's foreseeable future and the City is testing new parking meter technology during a 60-day pilot project that started August 1.
The meters were installed August 1 for a 60-day trial period at the first level of the parking garage and the surface parking lot located at Sixth and St. Joseph Street, where parking meters are already located. Starting August 1, downtown parkers will be able to use a credit/debit card. The meters will have a $1 minimum transaction fee for credit/debit card use. The meters are also equipped to take coins.
The City will be testing meter technology from three vendors as part of the pilot project. The types of parking technology being tested include parking meters and parking pay stations. The parking ramp and leased lots will be signed to provide more information about how to use the parking meters and pay stations. The demonstration will assist City officials in determining which parking technology is best suited for Rapid City based on performance of the technology. Updated parking meters is one of the priorities of implementation of the City's Downtown Area Master Plan.
"The new credit card meters will provide downtown customers with a new, convenient option to pay for their parking," said Ken Young, Community Development Director. "The pilot project and trial period provides the City to test what is offered by different vendors and to obtain important feedback and input from the public before full implementation.
"The City is looking to transform the City's outdated coin-operated parking meters with newer models that allow for the use of both credit cards and coins, as well as other potential features. The new metering is projected to be implemented in the downtown area sometime in 2019."
City officials encourage the public's use of the meters during the pilot project period and share input.
"We encourage the public to use the new meters during this trial period and to share with us their feedback," said Lt. Cathy Bock with Rapid City Police Department Special Operations.
The City's Community Development Department will host public information meetings midway through the demonstration project period to obtain public feedback and input on the technology. The meetings will be held Thursday, September 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. at the Hoyt Room of the Rapid City Public Library. Each meter also provides a public feedback option, inviting customers to go to surveymonkey.com/r/CH7Q3MN.
For more information, contact the City's Parking Enforcement Division at 394-4133.
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