GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Soon you won't have to worry about digging for change to park in a part of downtown Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids City Commission approved a plan Tuesday morning that would allow downtown visitors to pay for metered parking with their credit cards.
The plan only accounts for a 90-day trial period of 22, new, solar-powered parking meters on two blocks of Monroe Center, between Monroe Ave. and Ionia.
The meters will accept credit cards, debit cards and coins.
City leaders say this is a first step in making downtown parking stress-free.
We've heard people say they want to be able to use a credit card, so we are going to give it a try," Grand Rapids Parking Manager Kimberly Miller told WZZM's Stacia Kalinoski. "So we are going to see how they are used and how often they are used. We will be able to go online and at any given time, see how often they're used and who is using them.
The new meters will simply replace the old ones and the installation process should be finished in the next 10 days. If parking officials decide the trial run was successful and cost-effective, they will look into installing more of the meters throughout downtown.