Downtown parking study to be extended

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The pilot project testing new parking payment options in downtown Rapid City has been extended through the end of October.

One of the new parking payment machines installed on the lower level of the downtown parking garage in Rapid City. A 60-day planned pilot program testing various payment technologies has been extended so the city can take a look at some new offerings from the vendors competing for the contract. Photo Date: Oct. 18, 2018.

A pay machine in the downtown parking garage.

The pilot, which began on Aug. 1, was originally planned for 60 days.

During this time, payment schemes offered by the three vendors competing for the contract to operate downtown parking facilities were evaluated. Some of those payment schemes utilize ordinary coins, and others allow for credit cards and even payment through a smartphone app.

However, some of the vendors offered more payment solutions that the city wanted to take a closer look at before making a final decision.

“Some of the companies offer some additional services that we can utilize,” said Lt. Cathy Bock of the Rapid City Police Department. “We didn’t have enough time with the meter project going to actually test those solutions to their fullest capability.”

After the extended pilot project is completed, the city will then analyze the results and user feedback to select a vendor. If you would like to leave feedback about your experience using the new parking technologies, take the online survey here.

The new parking meter system is part of Rapid City’s Downtown Master Plan.

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