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    (3/7/2006) If you've ever been frustrated digging around in your pockets for spare change to feed a parking meter, Thursday might be a good day for you.

    That's the day the Department of Traffic and Parking will trial two solar-powered kiosk-style parking meters on Whitney between Audubon and Grove streets that will accept Parcxmart smart cards along with coins. These solar-powered kiosk style meters can handle more than one car at a time and can replace single space meters on a block. The meters are a new technology the City is testing in an effort to make downtown parking easier for consumers.

    New Haven is faced with the same problems many cities face. Two-thirds of its aging parking meters are outdated, and replacement parts are no longer available. Some cities have had success integrating technology into parking meters. "The multispace meters are anew trend in the parking meter industry we would like New Haven residents to have the opportunity to try," said Paul Wessel, Traffic and Parking Director. "You can either feed the kiosk with your New Haven card or coin. A slip of paper you place on your dashboard tells you how long you can remain in the parking spot and allows you to make your visit without worrying about being ticketed." The meters are MP104 Compact Meters made by Cale Parking Systems USA,

    Inc. For more information, go to: http://www.caleparkingusa.com/public/products_MP104_Compact_Meter.asp

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