You might notice something different next time you park in downtown Rochester.
City officials have started installing black smart meters to replace the 13-year-old blue meters you might have once used.
The transition is happening just in time for the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival.
Jessica Pink lives in the city and parks her car on the street often.
“I think these are better for people who don’t carry cash on them,” Pink said.
The new technology means new ways to pay for parking. The machine still takes coins but when the meters are fully functional, you’ll be able to pay with a card or use the app, Passport Parking.
However, the system didn’t work when Pink tried it out Friday. City officials say they are in the process of changing out all the meters and enabling all functions.
There are already dozens along East Avenue and surrounding streets.
Julie Schnepf is the operations manager at Bernunzio Uptown Music. Schnepf hears complaints from customers about parking often. She would like to learn more about the meters that sit right in front of her store.
“I think that’s a great idea, but it’s just that, as business owners we don’t know anything about the meters and I didn’t know they were installed,” Schnepf said. “It would be nice to have information that we can give to our customers.”
City officials tell News10NBC they plan to continue to use the black boxes with the blue P’s. Parking garages are also open for the public to use at a cheaper rate than street parking.