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The City of Madison Parking Division this week completed installation of approximately 650
additional single-space “smart meters”. This project was proceeded by a one year trial featuring
46 “smart meters” throughout the City. Replacing the remaining on-street coin-only meters,
these smart meters are able to accept payment by coin and credit/debit card (Visa and
MasterCard), providing a greater convenience to the public.

The completion of this installation marks the elimination of all on-street “coin-only” meters, with
every on-street meter now able to accept payment by both coin and credit card. Although a payby-
cell option will not be immediately available for the single space smart meters, the Parking
Division hopes to expand pay-by-cell, which is currently available at multi-space meters, to
include the single space smart meters, later this year.

The multi-space meters, which comprise over half of the City’s more than 1400 on-street metered
parking spaces, will not be replaced at this time. A replacement project for the multi-space
meters is anticipated to begin within the next one to two years, as the multi-space machines near
the end of their useful life. The City will explore replacement options, which could include
replacement with all smart meters, or a combination of smart meters and new multi-space

Receipts will also now be available at these meters when using a credit or debit card to pay.
Receipts can be looked up at any time by visiting
Additional information about on-street meters and parking is available on the City of Madison
Parking Division’s website at:

You may also contact the City of Madison Parking Division via email at: or by mail at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd, Suite 109, P.O. Box 2986, Madison WI 53701-2986.


  • Sabrina Tolley, Assistant Parking Utility Manager, 608-266-4761