Credit Card-Friendly Parking Meters Coming to UI

Friday, August 23 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – Parking will be that much easier starting the first day of classes at the University of Idaho. UI Parking and Transportation Services has purchased a total of 68 smart parking meters for the University of Idaho campus, offering parking patrons the flexibility to pay for metered parking using credit card, debit card or coins.

“With this new array of payment options, those parking on campus are no longer limited to how much change they have in their pocket,” said Stuart Robb, parking services supervisor.

The meters also will begin gathering valuable parking occupancy data which will allow parking services to effectively manage pricing, enforcement times and maximum parking times according to the specific campus demand.

“The meter pricing and enforcement adjustments will greatly improve the parking experience for meter users,” said Robb. “They are part of a careful effort to offer campus commuters a greater supply of available metered spaces throughout the day.”

Initially, meter rates will increase from $1 to $1.25 per hour during daytime hours, while after-hour rates will drop from $1 to $0.75 per hour. All meters will be enforced Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. unless individually marked for 24 hour enforcement. This updated information will be clearly displayed at all meters via a high viability LCD display.

Parking and Transportation Services piloted the solar-powered meters as part of a 90-day trial that began in January 2013. The M5 meter, put out through San Diego based company, IPS Group, was well received due to the convenience and ease of use it offers.

Parking and Transportation Services is eager to offer the new smart meters to the University of Idaho campus as part of their commitment to a more sustainable, user-friendly and efficient parking system.
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