Parking with Plastic: New meters in the River Market

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --  If you find a place to park on President Clinton Avenue, you're one of the lucky few. But now the few aren't so lucky.

    "I would prefer to keep paying nothing to park down here of course," said Read Admire of Little Rock.

    The city just installed electronic meters on every block in the River Market. If you want to park on the street, you will now have to pay $1.25 an hour and are limited to only two hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The meters won't be activated for another two weeks, but once they are, all you'll have to do is slide your card, select the amount of time you wish to park and take your ticket. Then, place your ticket inside the window closest to the curb.

    While no one wants to pay, some say it could be a lot worse. Sarah Leavitt visiting Little Rock from Canada said she was surprised to find free parking downtown.

    "Montreal has some pretty crazy parking fees. One dollar gives you about 10 minutes of parking so you're not going to spend one dollar. You're going to spend like six or something like that," said Leavitt.

    The best part Allen McGuire said is the convenience of paying with a credit card.

    "Swipe and go. Less chances of fumbling through your pocket book and rattling for change and giving people time to see what's going on. You just swipe it and go. It might do something for this little city," said McGuire.

    "I guess it's convenient that there is a card because so often I don't have change and I'll elect to park somewhere else and walk because I'm afraid of getting a thirty dollar ticket or however much the fine is," said Admire.

    Some call it a silver lining to having no silver to spare. The city said they will be in the River Market next week explaining how the new meters work. Then, the week of October 7, they will be issuing warning tickets. After that, if you don't pay up, you can be fined $15 if paid within 30 days of the offense, or $50 anytime after the 30 days.

    The new meters do not take cash- only coins or credit cards and the city said all the revenue collected from these new meters will be used for improvements in the River Market.

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