The Spokane City council has voted to move forward with a plan to install up to 800 new parking meters downtown. The meters are dubbed the "Smart Meters".
The city is contracting with Duncan Parking Solutions out of Milwaukee. The contract is around 1.4 million dollars. Among the features on the new meters are sensors to show whether a space is occupied or not.
If you overpay for parking and leave before the time is up the meter will zero out. Also if no payment is registered within a 5 minute grace period it will automatically alert parking officials.
The city says the excess funds generated by the new meters will go towards improvements in downtown parking. Spokane could see the new meters as early as July. Two hundred city meters will be swapped out initially with the new "Smart Meters". There will be a 60 day trial period for those meters where you can give the city feedback on the new program. After that if the meters are successful from the city & public's point of view 800 downtown meters will be eventually replaced.