Parking meter budget has some Tucsonans seeing red - Tucson News Now

Parking meter budget has some Tucsonans seeing red

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We've all done this before: you pull into a parking space and the meter is blinking red, but right next to it is one that has some time on it. Sometimes you hit the jackpot and it has an hour left, so you park on someone else's quarter.

By the first of next year, however, Tucson hopes to have 1,500 smart meters in place; sensors will zero when you leave and start the moment you arrive.

The meters may make more money for the city, but may also save the motorist money. Sensors will also alert them by text message that their meter is about to expire.

Tucson will likely vote tomorrow to double its parking meter rates from 50 cents per hour to one dollar per hour. That has some people seeing red.

But after years of losing money with some of the cheapest parking rates in America, Tucson is betting the new rates will have it seeing a different color.

With streetcar construction soon ending, new students moving in and businesses opening, there's a potential for trouble. However, it's hoped that the new technology will keep it flowing smoothly.

We'll most likely have an app that will help you find available parking so you don't have to drive around in circles looking for that parking. You'll be able to see where it is through the app. The sensors will communicate with the app where the spaces are free.

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