Farewell Pocket Change, Mpls. Replaces Final Parking Meter

Posted at: 11/14/2012 11:26 AM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 12:13 PM
By: Kate Renner

What's a quarter good for these days? Phone booths are few and far between, and now quartered meters are a thing of the past.

The times are changing away from pocket change; and toward plastic.

The final Minneapolis quartered meter was replaced by a credit card pay station Wednesday morning. It was among the final row of meters switched over in Minneapolis totaling more than 6,000 meters.

Since the solar powered pay stations started being installed in 2010, the number of parking tickets issued at meters has gone down by about 10%, according to the city of Minneapolis.

The city says they've actually made more revenue because people are more able to play it safe using their credit cards.

Here's another perk to getting rid of quartered meters: these pay stations won't let people pay for parking when the parking lane becomes a driving lane. The machines even warn drivers when it becomes a tow-away zone.