The Pittsburgh Parking Authority plans on buying and installing approximately 500 multi-space meters to manage public parking at 3,500 on-street spaces in the South Side, Downtown and Oakland commercial districts.
"We expect the new meters to be delivered by early June, installation to be completed during July and removal of the one-meter-per-space units by September 1," said David Onorato, executive director of the Parking Authority.
According to Mr. Onorato, the selection of the new meters was driven by customer preference for a payment option beyond the traditional use of coins as well as the authority's desire to upgrade the efficiency of its management of on-street parking, and for customer convenience, by employing the latest technology available.
"These new units, to be supplied by Cale Parking Systems USA, record parking purchases on a ‘pay-by-plate' basis and accept both coins and credit cards as payment," he said.
Parkers will have to enter the combination of numbers and letters on their license plates on the meters' keypads before they record the length of stay required. Receipts will be available, but parkers will not have to display them in their vehicles as proof of parking purchase.
In areas with a high density of contiguous on-street parking, the new Cale Parking Systems USA meters will manage a maximum of 20 parking spaces, 10 to the left of the meter and 10 to the right. In some locations, the number of spaces managed by the meters will be less.