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Columbus is replacing its parking meters with kiosks

A city employee demonstrates how to use one of the new parking kiosks.
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A city employee demonstrates how to use one of the new parking kiosks.

Starting Tuesday, city workers will begin replacing Columbus' parking meters with new pay-by-plate kiosks.

Workers will begin removing meters in the Brewery District and work their way north through downtown, the Short North and the University District.

Robert Ferrin, Columbus' Assistant Director of Parking Services, says users will be able to pay for any zone in the city from any kiosk, with a variety of payment options.

"Not only can you still use coin to pay, and credit card, you can also tap and go where the card, your phone, your watch. And of course, you can still use the Park Columbus app," Ferrin said.

Parking rates will largely stay the same. For the 30-minute meters remaining in the city’s parking districts, the Short North rate will change to $1.50 per hour (75 cents for 30 minutes), to align with all other districts’ 30-minute rate.

“For the city of Columbus, streamlining parking payment will require less maintenance, greater efficiency, and enable quick and accurate license plate recognition (LRP) enforcement to encourage access and turnover,” Ferrin said.

Work is expected to take about three weeks.

View a video here for a demonstration on how to use the new kiosks.

Matthew Rand is the Morning Edition host for 89.7 NPR News. Rand served as an interim producer during the pandemic for WOSU’s All Sides daily talk show.