Minneapolis parking pay stations out of service - KMSP-TV

Minneapolis parking pay stations out of service

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

City crews are working to fix dozens of on-street parking pay stations that were out of service Tuesday morning in Minneapolis.

The affected area includes most of the downtown core -- an area bounded by Hennepin Avenue in the west to 5th Avenue South in the east. Also affected are pay stations on either side of Hennepin Avenue around Loring Park.

The problem began overnight following a software update to the parking meter system. A total of 138 pay stations are affected.

City officials say staff worked with the makers of the pay stations to find a way to fix the glitch, but each pay station must be rebooted individually.

Affected machines are displaying a message that says "loading parameter" and will not accept any payments. Drivers who park at the spaces by pay stations that are not currently working can remain in those spots for free.

Drivers are asked to obey the posted time limits and check to see if the machines have begun working again at regular intervals through Wednesday morning. Areas with restricted parking during rush hour will still be enforced.

Crews are beginning the repairs in Loring Park and plan to work their way toward the river until nightfall. They will return at 7 a.m. to complete repairs.

As of 5 p.m., officials say 40 of the machines are repaired.

There are 617 solar-powered, multi-space parking pay stations in Minneapolis that handle payments for more than 6,000 metered parking spaces.

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