Posted: Jan 30, 2012 9:50 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge may replace its 450 parking meters with cashless meters.
Public Works Director William Daniel tells The Advocate that a lot of people don't carry change, and the city wants to provide other choices.
Cashless parking meters have been popping up in cities across the nation for more than a decade.
Daniel says some take credit cards and cash, some use prepaid cards and keys, and one uses window sensors for easy access to parking garages.
Daniel says a study of which would be best for Baton Rouge probably will cost $15,000 to $30,000.
Last year, Baton Rouge's parking meters generated about $295,000. Daniels says $27,000 went to a fund for the downtown parking garages, and the rest to the city-parish general fund.