Philly, say goodbye to parking meters. They're giving way to new technology

Pat Loeb
July 25, 2019 - 7:00 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia, say goodbye to parking meters; they're going the way of the hitching post. Meters and existing kiosks will be replaced with new technology this fall.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority plans to roll out 1,600 new kiosks in October that will use your license plate number rather than that little white slip of paper to make sure you've paid. 

They'll take credit, cards or cash, as the current ones do, but they'll have color screens touchpads and multiple language options. 

Parking Authority director Scott Petri says they'll look so much better.

"All the graffiti will be gone, they won't be as beat up. We've gotten every ounce of life out of these current meters," Petri said. 

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He says the kiosks were expected to last five years. They've lasted ten.

"They do need to be replaced. It's time," he added.

The new models cost $9.5 million. 

They'll replace the thousand or so current kiosks in Center City and 8,000 single pole meters in other areas. Part of the calculation is that more people are paying with the MeterUP app, so fewer kiosks will be needed per block.