Parking Meter Tests Provoke Frustration in St. Louis

Locations around St. Louis are testing new parking meters, leading to confusion and tickets. The changes are part of an ongoing test of new systems that will eventually yield an overdue overhaul of the city's parking technology.
May 6, 2014, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Nicholas J.C. Pistor reports on the ongoing parking meter experiment in St. Louis, where four different vendors and two separate parking apps are in place at different locations around the city. "Multi-space meters on a stretch of Euclid Avenue, which have numbers posted in place of parking meters with arrows pointing to a central pay station, have proved particularly confusing," for instance, according to Pistor.

"City Treasurer Tishaura Jones, who oversees parking in the city, is conducting a six-month study to see which works best. Eventually, one vendor will be chosen and rolled out at street spaces throughout the city." In addition, “[the] program is also testing two different mobile parking apps, PassportParking and Parkmobile.”

The test program is schedule to conclude in July. Until then, residents and users can take a survey on the treasurer’s website. The feedback will contribute 20 percent of of the data Jones will use to make the decision on which technology to use throughout the city.

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Published on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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