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SALT LAKE CITY -- If Salt Lake City approves new digital parking pay stations, the city's parking fees could go up, or the hours in the day when you can be ticketed could be extended.
Those are the two main options on the table as council members discuss whether to approve digital meters, and if so, how to pay the estimated $4.5 million to have them installed.
Council chairwoman Jill Remington Love says the test meters that are already in place in a few spots around downtown are the primary concern for now, with a public comment session scheduled on November 22.
"How is the public liking these pay stations? Are they working for them? Are they more convenient? Does it make parking easier? That's the real issue, and we would love to have public comment on that," Love said.
She told KSL the feedback she is hearing so far has been largely positive.
"Mostly, people find them to be easier to use and they like it," Love added. "It's just so much easier to swipe a credit card than to dig in your pocket for change."
We may have to extend pay parking into the evening until about ten o'clock at night, and add pay parking on Saturdays.
–Council Chairwoman Jill Remington Love
After the session later this month to gather feedback on the test meters, council can begin discussing whether to adopt the digital pay stations, and if so, how the cost would be covered.
"We may have to extend pay parking into the evening until about ten o'clock at night, and add pay parking on Saturdays," Love said.
If council decides to go with one of those options, it would be the subject of another public hearing down the road.
Currently, enforcement of the meters ends at 6 p.m. on weeknights. Drivers may park free for two hours on Saturdays.
Mayor Ralph Becker initially asked the City Council to consider adopting the new meter system in order to have them in place by the opening of City Creek Center, currently set for March of 2012.
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