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Almost half of Riverside’s parking meters stop accepting credit cards

By in Press Enterprise on January 2, 2018

By Staff report

Anyone planning to park in downtown Riverside can’t count on using their credit cards for the parking meters anymore.

About 40 percent of the city’s parking meters stopped accepting credit card payments on Monday, Jan. 1. That’s because of software requirements for the meters, which will also no longer receive technical support from the manufacturer, because they have reached their end-of-life, according to the city’s Public Works Department.

The meters will accept cash or ParkMobile app payments.

The strategic plan approved by the City Council calls for replacing parking meters in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

“Due to the manufacturer’s sudden end of support for the current meters, the City will begin the meter replacement process sooner than anticipated,” Riverside says on its website. “The process will include a testing period for users to test different meters and provide their opinion to the City, which will be considered when vendors are being evaluated. Staff will then make a recommendation to City Council for their review and approval.”

Riverside manages 1,016 metered parking spaces in addition to five parking garages with 1,611 spaces and 18 parking lots with 1,268 spaces, according to the Division of Public Parking Services.

More information is available at http://www.riversideca.gov/publicworks/parking/.

Assistance operating the meters is available at 951-682-3167.

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