Pay-by-phone parking meters could be coming to Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City is a step closer to new. more modern parking meters. The Legal and Finance Committee approved the project on Wednesday, and it will proceed to City Council.

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 proposed meters will accept credit and debit cards and have an app that will let you buy time from your phone. The city also wants to convert 30 existing parking spaces from metered parking to leased parking for downtown residents and employees.

“We hear a lot of complaints about parking. One is that the meters are not in the right locations to manage parking effectively and they’re also inconvenient to use the ones that we do have that are only coin-operated so we hope to address both of those issues,” said Sarah Hanzel with Community Development. 

Some of the smart meters will include a free button for quick trips. It will allow drivers to park for about 10 to 15 minutes without cost. Along with that, they will have smart sensors to detect when a car pulls in and when they leave. The sensor will prevent people from parking without paying or using credit from the previous customer.

The project is expected to pay for itself within the next one to two years. If City Council approved the $713,000 project, smart meters will likely be up by June of this year.

The City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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