Over the next several weeks, visitors to the downtown area will see a different type of parking meter being installed.
Multi-space meters using a central kiosk are replacing the current single space parking meters. The project should be done by Summer.
The multi-space meters include the following components:
• Payment options such as coin, credit cards, debit cards, and cellular phone.
• Ability to make a payment from any kiosk.
• Sensors allowing enforcement officers the ability to check for parking compliance through technology.
You might remember a while back the City of Reno conducted a pilot study from October 2009 to February 2010 testing three different types of parking meters systems in order to choose a system that allows for alternative payment methods, as well as providing ease of use for residents and visitors, reliability, and economical sensibility.
In October 2010, the Reno City Council awarded the bid to Secure Storage Technologies, LLC, a local company, as the lowest responsive bidder. In December 2010, the contract was signed for the purchase, operation, and maintenance of the multi-space meters.
Their corporate and tech offices are located downtown. Hopefully as they build out the new system and it comes online, it will bring more jobs to downtown.