St. Louis City testing new high-tech parking meters

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Change is coming for people parking in St. Louis. They will start noticing new, high-tech parking meters Monday.

It's part of a test program by the city treasurer's office that will end with the city modernizing its meters and giving drivers different ways to pay.

Some of those meters are on 10th Street just off Washington Avenue. It's one of four locations where drivers will see the new option.  Instead of feeding an individual meter with change, drivers will put in their space number into this station and pay that way.

The new technology will give drivers a choice to pay with coins, credit cards and ultimately mobile phones.  Besides 10th Street between Washington and Chestnut, the new system is being used downtown at Broadway and Pine.

It's also being tested at two spots in the Central West End -- Maryland and Euclid and Laclede and Euclid.  Each site features a different parking system, but the parking rates are remaining the same during the testing period.

There are four vendors involved. Officials say a vendor should be chosen by the fall to modernize the city's more than 10,000 parking meters.

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