Yes, we recently installed parking meters in two areas on campus that accept credit and debit cards in addition to coins. We call them smart meters.
The smart meters are located in lots 377 (along Colorado Avenue just east of Folsom Field) and 381 (along University Avenue just east of the 17th Street turn-off). Please note that two different parking machines are installed in lot 381—the new meters and a parking pay station. If you park at a meter space, you must pay the parking meter located next to the parking space, and NOT the parking pay station. If you park in a space without a meter, you must pay the parking pay station, and NOT a parking meter.
The new parking meters are located next to your parking space, just like “traditional” parking meters. You will not have to walk across a lot to locate them. Also, your allotted parking time is displayed on the meter head. You will not need to display a receipt as proof of parking purchase.
In addition to providing our customers with additional payment options, we expect the new meters to be in better working order than the older meters.
If you are paying by credit card, scan your card, add your desired amount of time (up to the maximum), and then select the “OK” button. If you are paying by coins, simply feed the meter the amount of time needed. Each meter also has instructions printed on it.
If you are paying by credit card, you may cancel your transaction after scanning your credit/debit card by selecting the “cancel” button prior to selecting the “ok” button.
No, you cannot. Please view your credit card statement to see your meter charges.
The meter rate is $1.50 per hour from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week. After 5 p.m. it is free to park in lot 377, while a $3 flat fee is charged in lot 381.
The minimum amount of time that you can purchase to park is for 20 minutes and costs $0.50.
Yes, existing time limits will be enforced. The maximum time in lot 377 is two hours, and the maximum time in lot 381 is four hours.
No, unfortunately these meters do not accept meter debit cards.
There is no refund for unused meter time.
The parking meter screen does light up in the dark AFTER you have added payment. The meters are solar powered, and a constantly glowing screen would deplete their solar battery.