Pittsburgh Council asks parking authority to consider pre-paid cards

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Pittsburgh City Council approved a non-binding motion urging the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to research a pre-paid parking card program to make it easier to use the city's new fleet of machines.

The motion, known as a will of council, was introduced by Councilman Corey O'Connor.

While a survey found that residents were overwhelmingly satisfied with the machines, some have complained that its hard to push the buttons to enter a license plate number and difficult to see the screens. The pre-paid parking cards would ameliorate some of those challenges by digitally imprinting the cards with the motorists' license plate number.

With one swipe of a card, a motorist could pay for parking and transmit a license plate number.

"If you're carrying -- whether its groceries or a stroller -- and then you have to walk back to your car to remember your license plate, it's difficult on a lot of residents," Mr. O'Connor said.

New York City and San Francisco use similar systems.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.


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