New Downtown Parking Meters Accept Credit Cards

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Out with the old Easy Park and coin operated meters, and in with the new, credit card accepting machines. You may have already seen some of them in downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

Everyone 11 News talked to is pretty excited about the change. They liked the fact that they no longer need to dig around for spare coins or worry they won’t have enough.

"You don't always have dimes and quarters exact change to put in here," driver Tally West said.

Tuesday, the city of Colorado Springs introduced new parking meters along Vermijo Avenue between Nevada and Cascade. That's on the south side of the El Paso County Courthouse.

Aimed at giving drivers an easier way to pay, the new meters will accept Visa and Mastercard, and will continue to take coins.

"We're kind of more cash people, but especially if you're going to be down here and you don't have change," driver Jo Lund said.

"I’m always in trouble looking for change. In fact, that's why I can't find my car keys, because I was so busy looking for change," driver Kathleen Williams added.

Drivers said this is a welcome change, maybe even overdue.

"I think so many people use credit cards...that it's probably a good thing," Rodger Lund said.

The new meters are also being placed in Old Colorado City along Colorado Avenue. The city says they hope to have all 882 new meters installed by Friday.

New hours for the credit card meters in the downtown area are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; that’s an hour earlier than the older meters. Hours of operation for all those meters that haven’t been changed out will remain the same.