Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 1:49 p.m.
For commuters lacking coins, the city has found a way to swipe parking fees — one credit or debit card at a time.
Installation began Tuesday on the first of 233 multibay parking meters that can accept coins or debit and credit cards. The first meters will be near City Hall at Clark Avenue and First Street. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Bob Coffin touted the new devices during a brief appearance outside City Hall.
Eventually, new meters will replace 1,216 meters; another 125 single-space meters will be permanently removed.
The meters are solar powered, can print receipts and allow users to add time. Similar meters will be scattered in different parts of the city, notably near the Bank of America building on Fourth Street and downtown near the El Cortez.
Though not yet activated, an application called ParkMe eventually will be available for download to smartphones allowing users to see where on-street parking is available at that moment.
Current cost of public parking in Las Vegas is $1 per hour except for at the City Center garage near the Regional Justice Center, which is $1.50 per hour. A city spokesperson said parking trends will be analyzed, and some meter costs may go up and some may decrease as a result.
Las Vegas has a $1.45 million contract with Parkeon to provide the new multibay devices.
In a news release, the city said the devices are part of a long-term parking plan to make it easier to use public parking, improve “financial performance,” support existing businesses, create flexibility for special events and support new development.