A US city has completed the first phase of a scheme to replace single space meters with UK multi-space machines in their central business district.
The new Metric Aura multi-space machines will ultimately replace 800 of the near 1,600 single space meters for the city of Madison Wisconsin.
The first phase is for 15m Aura pay-by-space that accept coins and credit / debit cards as payment options. The second phase will be 70m and the third 15m to help users get accustomed to the new type of paid parking as well as ensure the success of the city’s concept.
Dave Witts, president of Metric Group, said: “The city of Madison has really taken all the steps to ensure that the product and service meets the needs of the city and customer. Metric has worked closely with the city during the first phase to change some of the messages displayed as well as the operation of machines to better fit the users in Madison.”
The Aura pay-by-space multi-space meters are manufactured at Metric’s factory in Swindon, Wiltshire.
Bill Knobeloch, Madison’s parking operations manager, said: “The Aura has already been well received with over 50,000 transactions and more than half by credit card. The three-phased plan already demonstrates a high customer demand for credit card payments.”