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New smart parking meters being installed in downtown Eugene

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EUGENE, Ore. – The City of Eugene Parking Services is implementing a state-of the-art parking system in downtown, the city reported Monday.

Beginning January 8, 280 new meters will be installed, offering additional payment options using advanced parking technology, officials said. The meters will accept coins, credit cards, Apple and Google pay, as well as Park Smarter mobile phone application and in-vehicle dash payment.

“We are working to give our customers the best parking experience possible,” says Jeff Petry, Parking and Technology Manager for the City of Eugene. “To make it easy to find a spot, we will soon be linking these meters to a new digital application that will indicate whether an on-street space is vacant or occupied.”

Further improvements to the parking experience are also planned in the parking garages, where sensors will determine how many spaces are available. Later this winter, the Overpark and Parcade garages will be equipped with external signs indicating real-time parking availability. Multi-space meters in the Hult Center Garage, Broadway North & South Garages, Library Garage, City Hall Surface Lot, and Train Depot Surface Lot will be replaced with meters that tie into the street parking ecosystem and offer the same pay-by-smartphone application, the city said.

“This is the most advanced parking meter technology available right now,” Petry adds. The meters complement Eugene’s status as a Mozilla Gigabit City and US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community, in addition to the ongoing efforts to present Eugene as a hub for technological innovation.

With the sunset of the downtown free parking pilot, the new meters will be installed in a 12-square block area of downtown. Officials say the meters will help increase parking access by ensuring turnover, adding that a number of downtown businesses and the Downtown Merchants Association have endorsed the return of parking meters to the area. "We are looking forward to continuing to work with stakeholders, businesses and community members to maintain the momentum of downtown revitalization. The revenue generated from the re-installed meters will provide an important resource for this work," the city said.

"The meter poles, which will be encased in decorative sleeves to match lamp posts, will also contribute to a more beautiful downtown in addition to being set at ADA-advised height," officials said.

For more information about City of Eugene Parking, visit www.eparkeugene.com.

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