OKC unveils new solar parking meters

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OKLAHOMA CITY — On the anniversary of the installation of the first parking meter in the history of the world, Oklahoma City is unveiling a new brand of meter.

The first parking meter was invented and installed in downtown Oklahoma city, near what used to be 1st and Robinson.

Monday, the city is turning on a new variety of parking meter.

They operate on solar power.

The meters are known as “pay and display” because you pay for a sticker that you display on your driver-side dashboard.

There is a minimum of 75 cents for 30-minute parking in either one hour ($1.50/max) or two hour zones ($3/max).

One hour meters feature a blue cap and two hour meters feature an orange cap.

On-street parking is strictly enforced 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday except public holidays.

The city has added more than 600 on-street parking spots because of downtown street renovations.

COTPA and Project 180 decided to retire the old coin meter for a more advanced pay station.

The first phase of pay station parking meters around the Myriad Gardens went live Monday morning.

COTPA parking attendants dressed in safety green T-shirts are standing by at those brand new meters to help parkers figure out how to use the new meters.

Most attendants were met with total confusion from downtown visitors.

Like all changes, it will take time for drivers to figure out the new system.

The new meters were paid for with funds from Project 180.

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