Multi-space parking pay stations are debuting in part of downtown Spokane today. The stations allow you to pay for on-street parking with credit cards or coins.

A total of nine stations have been installed on Main Avenue between Lincoln and Wall streets, on Post Street between Main and Sprague avenues, and in the parking lot to the north of Spokane City Hall. A tenth station will be added soon.

A six-month demonstration of the technology will assess its success and determine the best way to roll out this or similar technology within the City. The Downtown Spokane Partnership is the City’s partner on the program.

The pay stations use a “pay by space” format that doesn’t require the customer to display a receipt in their vehicle window.

Parking rates, parking hours, and length of parking time for individual on-street parking spaces all remain the same. The parking stations only allow customers to pay for time when paid parking is enforced.

Within the next couple weeks, drivers also will be able to test a pay-by-phone service that requires people to set up an account on-line in advance of parking. Additionally, the City may test other smart parking technology in the future, including individual parking meters that take credit cards.

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