May 19, 2015 – Spokane, Washington
Spokane’s new smart meters are bringing in big bucks.
It’s been a tumultuous year for parking in Spokane. Residents, students and businesses were outraged when 500 new meters were installed on the lower South Hill.
“Well it’s a little bit of a surprise when you’re expecting not to have a parking meter and it shows up over night and it’s there,” said Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder.
However, there’s also there’s also been plenty to celebrate.
“We’re seeing credit card usage at the meters that accept them at about 43 percent, so nearly half of the people that are using meters that have credit cards as an option are using that as their way to pay,” said Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane.
In addition to the credit card option, a pay by phone system called Quick Pay has been installed in most meters in the downtown core. The difference they are making is sizeable.
“So far, we’re seeing about nine-thousand dollars a week in revenue increases, about a hundred-thousand dollars year to date that we’re up,” said Coddington. “So it’s significant money that we can re-invest in the downtown area to improve sidewalks, to improve infrastructure, to improve streetscapes, so kinds of things that draw keep downtown and keep the downtown nice.”
The Davenport Grand Hotel will bring in another 45 meters to the system, which is expected to bring in another $45,000 for the second half of 2015.