Downtown parking pay stations start to come back online
While crews fix dozens of on-street parking pay stations that have been out of service today in downtown Minneapolis, the City would like to remind drivers that all parking restrictions still apply Downtown. That means that areas with restricted parking during rush hour will still be enforced, and drivers should still obey the time limits for their parking space. As machines are fixed, drivers should once again use them to pay for parking time with credit cards or coins.
A total of 138 pay stations stopped functioning following an overnight software update to the parking meter system. City staff worked with the makers of the pay stations to find a way to fix the glitch. Each affected pay station is being rebooted individually, and crews are starting work near Loring Park, working their way toward the river. As of 5 p.m., about 40 of the affected machines are back online. Crews will continue their work until dark tonight, and will return at 7 a.m. Wednesday to repair the remaining machines.
When parking in the area, drivers should be sure to visit the pay station nearest to their parking spot. If the pay station is functioning normally, drivers should pay for their parking as usual. If the machine near the space is not working, folks can park in the space for free, but please obey the posted time limit (e.g. 2 hours) on the parking space sign, and be sure to follow any other parking restrictions on the sign.
The City of Minneapolis operates a total of 617 multi-space parking pay stations, which accept payments for more than 6,000 metered parking spaces. Along with letting people pay for time with credit cards or coins, the pay stations can be programmed to have special event rates and they won’t take payments when parking spaces become “tow away zones” during critical traffic times. The machines are also solar powered, which helps save the city on replacement batteries.
Published Feb 5, 2013