El Paso, TX (KDBC) — The City of El Paso is installing high-tech parking meters in the medical area adjacent to the University of Texas at El Paso, the International Bridges Department announced today.
A total of 99 on-street parking spaces are being converted to metered spots.
The work should be completed by late December 2013.
The installation work is the second phase of a two-part $1 million project to provide motorists with electronic, solar-powered, single-space parking meters that accept coins, city-issued smart cards, debit or credit cards.
The new meters are more user-friendly than traditional coin-only models because they offer a variety of payment options.
The first phase of the project completed in late October upgraded nearly 90 percent of the parking meters in Downtown.
The City of El Paso has approximately 1,900 parking meters, most of them located in Downtown.
The parking fee at a meter costs 25 cents for every 20 minutes.
Free parking is provided at all meters on Sundays and city-recognized holidays.
Parking meters in Downtown are also free on Saturdays.