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Boise Installs High Tech Parking Meters

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The city of Boise is getting about 200 new parking meters designed to prevent people from parking on someone else’s dime. The Idaho Statesman reports the city is installing about 200 new meters designed to prevent people from refilling meters or using up paid time left by a previous parker.

The meters have sensors that can zero out the time when a car pulls away. City officials say the change isn’t about increasing revenue, but rather about increasing the turnover of prime downtown parking spaces and encouraging long-term parkers to use garages. Boise installed its first downtown parking meters in 1940, which pulled in more than $22,000 by the end of the year. Today, more than 1,200 meters bring in about $620,000 annually.

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