City of Cleveland testing credit card parking meters, parking space smart phone app

CLEVELAND - The city of Cleveland is testing two new parking meter systems on a few downtown streets.

The Cleveland Division of Parking Facilities said the city will evaluate the two pilot programs over 90 days, and there is not cost for the tests.

The first program, which launched on Wednesday, involves 49 credit card meters. The division of parking facilities said 25 meters are on Erieside Avenue across from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the other 24 are on Chester Avenue between East 18th and East 22nd streets.

These meters can report revenue to the Cleveland Division of Parking Facilities, and even notify staff about full boxes and coin jams through text or email.

For the second system, 100 sensors will be installed in front of 100 existing parking meters on Prospect Avenue between East 4th and East 9th streets. The sensors will report data to a free smart phone app called Parker, by the company Streetline. That will launch the last week of September.

The city of Cleveland said the app is expected to reduce traffic congestion and give the city real-time parking information.

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