The City of Portland has implemented a new parking meter program that uses kiosks that accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover debit / credit cards as well as dollar coins, quarters, dimes and nickels. They are solar-powered , PCI compliant, and dispense receipts.
After parking their car, motorists will walk to the pay station and pay for the desired amount of parking (a one-hour minimum applies for credit cards) then push the green button to print a receipt. The receipt should then be displayed face up inside the vehicle on the dashboard. The receipt will identify the date, amount of parking time purchased, and when the parking time expires. Parking receipts purchased at the new parking stations can be used at all metered spots in the city. If paying between 6:00AM and 9:00AM time does not begin until 9:00AM.
Finding the Multispace Meter
New signs will be placed on blocks that have the multispace parking meter / pay stations. The sign below on the left will be located at the ends of the blocks with directional arrows pointing to where the machines are located. The sign on the right will be located directly next to each pay station.
Advantages of the Multispace Meter / Pay Stations
Better managed parking
Improves customer service
Accepts credit cards, debit cards, and coins
More vehicles may be able to fit along curb line
Neater, cleaner street scape facilitates snow removal
Issues receipts, customers are able to take their receipt with remaining time to any other meter in the city.
Text and email notification of meter malfunctions to city personal
Using the New Meters
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3! Look for these placards on the face of the parking meter / pay station. The receipt is to be placed visibly on dashboard face up
(remove old receipt from dashboard).
What If I Paid For More Time Than I Need?
Parking meter / pay station receipts can be used at any city metered space. If you paid for two hours but only used 30 minutes, you can drive to any other meter in the city and park while the receipt is still valid. Remember to display the receipt face up on the dashboard. The time limit restrictions still apply, so don’t stay in any space longer than the posted time.
If a meter doesn't work, you can purchase time from another working unit nearby. If there is a problem with the meter, it communicates electronically with City personnel. A malfunctioning coin or card slot will display across the screen telling you to use appropriate payment slot.
To report meter issues contact the Parking Division at 207-874-8443.