NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Brunswick Parking Authority has just started to test credit card machines on downtown parking meters. They’re solar powered, and the goal of the testing is to make certain they’re reliable enough for consumers to use on an ongoing basis. Currently, there are 56 meters enabled with this technology, and the 90 day trial has just begun.
New Brunswick is hardly the first city to consider these meters. In one California city, they reduced coin usage by up to 70%, giving more options to customers and easier processing to the parking authority. Many other cities across the country are experimenting with meters like these, and there are some concerns of card security. Officials, however, have indicated that the units do not store card information, so each transaction is safe.
Each unit runs about $350, and they’re being paid for by the company that has designed and developed them.