Milwaukee introducing 'smart meters' for an easier way to park downtown

MILWAUKEE -- The city of Milwaukee is changing the parking system downtown, hoping to make it less stressful and more convenient. 

You might have seen the “smart meters” already in the city’s Third Ward. The city said in the next two to three years, the Department of Public works will be replacing all of the aging coin meters and parking kiosks with the new “smart meters.” 

People can either use coins, credit or debit cards, or the MKE Park mobile app to pay for parking with these “smart meters.” More than 7,000 of them will eventually line city streets. 

TODAY’S TMJ4 has interviewed people in the past who complained about the parking kiosks in particular. They said they would pay for parking and would still receive tickets. 

It’s unclear how much this parking changeover will cost. 

At 12:45 p.m. Mayor Tom Barrett and other city leaders will be holding a news conference about the “smart meters.” 

The Department of Public Works Services staff will be demonstrating how the meters work at East Wells Street - Between N. Broadway & N. Milwaukee St.

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