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MISSOULA - The city of Missoula is experimenting with 36 high-tech, solar-powered parking meters that accept credit cards to find out if they can replace decades-old meters for which parts are no longer made.

Missoula Parking Commission Director Anne Guest says the meters were put in a month ago on North Higgins Avenue and are on trial until the end of the year.

She tells The Missoulian that if they don't work out for the city, they will be boxed up and sent back.

She says the meters have some advantages because they take credit cards and the rates can be changed.

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But she says credit card companies charge 13 cents for each swipe, and sometimes coins get jammed.

Guest says the cost of the meters isn't fixed, and she will negotiate a price based on the size of the order if the city decides to buy the high-tech meters.

 

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