San Diego

San Diego parking meters going digital only soon

Right now, San Diego has eliminated coin fee for 13% of meters and so they hope to proceed to place extra of those “digital only” kiosks all through the town.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Parking, it’s a consequence of residing in a metropolis designed across the automotive. When you don’t bike, stroll or take public transport you’re going to have to make use of a parking meter and San Diego has a whole lot of them. 

The metropolis manages roughly 5,700 metered parking spots. In the previous, you simply needed to pop in a couple of quarters and go in your method, however within the twenty first century, and bank cards are king.

“It frustrates me and I just don’t think it’s fair that it’s on the backs of consumers and working families.” stated Lauren Augustine.

Twice a day, Augustine parks and picks up her children from college downtown. A fast journey, which possibly prices her 50 cents a day. But after the pandemic, she discovered that slot for cash had been lined up, forcing her to make use of a bank card to park.

“The credit card has you do a minimum one hour purchase, which is a $1.25, which absolutely adds up when you go twice a day.” stated Augustine. 

Instead of the fifty cents she was paying a day, Augustine is paying $2.50 for a fast choose up. Which may look like chump change, however is considerably greater than what she was paying earlier than.

“I did the math,” stated Augustine. “It will cost me $450 per year, per school year to pick up and drop off. If I could put a quarter in, it would cost me $90.”

Right now, San Diego has eliminated coin fee for 13% of meters and so they hope to proceed to place extra of those “digital only” kiosks all through the town. They say, it streamlines the fee course of and retains extra automobiles off the highway.

“It limits the amount of vehicles that we have out collecting money from these meters,” stated the City of San Diego Spokesman, Jose Ysea. “It’s a win for traffic safety, it’s a win for our climate action plan and a win for efficiency for the city.”

Ysea additionally recommends folks use the park cellular app on their telephones and to at all times learn the signage to see if they will use cash at that location. He additionally talked about these meter playing cards, which act like debit playing cards and may be picked up from the treasury office.

But Augustine isn’t satisfied that necessary bank card payment wasn’t part of the entire plan.

“They say it’s not to make money but it can’t help feel like a money grab that’s on the backs of citizens,” stated Augustine. “You’re paying the credit card fee, which they’re forcing you to pay because they will no longer take coins.”

Right now, most meters will nonetheless take cash, however down the road, you’ll simply need to preserve the change in your cup holder.

“It’s a tough spot that the parking citizens are in,” stated Augustine. “And they’re not really getting a lot of help from the city.”

WATCH RELATED: San Diego trying to downsize variety of scooter corporations in operation city-wide (May 2021). 

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