Good news! The City of Austin is considering eliminating 3,800 single space parking meters!
The only downside is that they plan to replace the 3,800 meters with 750 whole block “pay station kiosks” that will make you walk down the block to figure out how to use a complex machine to print a ticket to place on the inside of your car after you walk back down the block.
Why? Apparently, each of the existing meters fails every 90 days on average — and replacing them with a large complex machine with ink, paper, and an internet connection should eliminate this problem. Coincidentally, it would also allow the city to take credit cards and charge higher prices for downtown parking over time.
All this for just $8.4 million!
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