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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Parking Meter Tips in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky

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 photo IMG_3675_zps48b7a885.jpgDid you know that our great city offers options for parking meters that allow you to be coin-free AND be refunded for time not used? Parking Authority of River City (PARC) has two types of these hassle-free meters: The PARCSmartCard and the new IPS coin and card meter. Here’s all you need to know about both:

The PARCSmartCard is the same size as a credit card and has a small data chip on one side. You can buy these cards at different locations that are mainly downtown with the exception at UofL’s Parking Office, conveniently across from the Don Fightmaster playground. I was updated by PARC that these cards will be eliminated in two years, but until then they are still accepted at many meters. After these cards are eliminated, you will be able to get a refund for any unused amount at their main office. To use:
  1. Insert the card into the diagonal slot on the meter with the PARC logo facing up.
  2. The screen will flash briefly and display your balance. Next, the time begins to increase on the meter in 15 minute increments. Let the machine go for the desired amount of time and then pull out your card.
  3. When you get back to your meter, if you still have time running, put the card back into the slot. The screen will flash until your balance is shown. This will credit your PARCSmartCard with the remainder of your unused time.
IPS Coin & Card Meters
You may have seen a few of these fancy new meters around town. These are the meters that will be the replacement for all other meters in the next two years. They are solar powered, accept all four major credit cards or coins and also offer the refund option for time not used on credit cards. The PARCSmartCard is NOT accepted at these meters. To use:
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  1. Insert and then remove your card.
  2. Push the blue (+) or (-) buttons to choose your desired amount of money.
  3. Press the green (OK) button or the red (CANCEL) button to confirm.
  4. Your card will be authorized.
  5. You will see a confirmation of payment on the screen.
  6. To get money refunded onto your card, put the same credit card back into the machine. Please note that if you use coins at these meters no money is available for refund.
Parking meter rates range from $1.00/hr. to $1.25/hr., and are limited from 1 hour to 4 hours of parking.

Parking meter hours are Monday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This means free parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and free all day Sunday!
Also, be sure to check out PARC’s website for the occasional coupon! 

By guest contributor: Jennifer

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