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Queens Parking Meters Will Soon Take Plastic

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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006 12:00 am

Queens drivers will soon have the option to pay for their parking with a credit card in some areas around the borough.

Forest Hills, Long Island City and Flushing will be among the locations where the current electronic Muni Meters will be equipped to accept credit cards over the next year.

The program is being expanded after a successful six month trial period in Manhattan. Two hundred meters in Manhattan’s Theater District are equipped to take credit cards, in addition to coins and city pre paid parking cards. The city Department of Transportation found that drivers used credit cards for the machines about 20 percent of the time.

The move is meant to increase convenience for city drivers, according to DOT officials. “In the muni lot in Flushing, you have to put in as much as $5 in quarters,” DOT spokesman Craig Chin said.

The department has already refitted 300 additional meters in Manhattan. Over the next year, credit card readers will be installed on meters in high traffic areas of the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Queens. The DOT plans to refit all of the Muni Meters in the city as soon as its budget allows, Chin said.

The meters being refitted are on Austin Street in Forest Hills, on Queens Boulevard under the No. 7 subway line and on Skillman Avenue in Long Island City, and around Queens College in Flushing. In addition, the meters at all municipal parking lots in the city are also being refitted.

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