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Grand Rapids parking meters among first in nation to take credit cards

Downtown motorists in Grand Rapids can now conveniently use their credit cards to feed parking meters by authorizing the payment through their cell phones.  The program that started this week is used in many European cities but Grand Rapids is among the first of several cities in the United States to launch the payment plan.

According to excerpts from the story:

Grand Rapids motorists may now use their cell phones and credit cards instead of their pocket change to feed downtown parking meters. The program that started Monday is aimed at making it more convenient to pay for metered parking in Michigan’s second-largest city.

Parkmobile North America spokesman Laurens Eckelboom says the company's high-tech parking program is used in more than 100 European cities. Grand Rapids is the first of several U.S. cities where it will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Read the complete story here:
http://www.freep.com/article/20091102/NEWS06/91102040/Grand-Rapids-parking-meters-now-take-credit-cards

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