Debit, credit cards now accepted at one downtown parking lot
City officials today announced a new three-month parking test project that will make it even easier to park downtown. Starting today, visitors who park in the lot east of Century II Expo Hall and south of the Central Library will be directed to centralized pay stations to pay for parking. The parking meters will not be in service. The four new pay stations – located near the north entrances to the lot – are equipped to accept both coins and debit and credit cards. The cost for parking will remain the same daily between 8 a.m.-11 p.m.: ten cents for a half-hour, 25 cents for two hours and $1.25 for 10 hours.
“We’re happy to give visitors who enjoy our many activities downtown the convenience of paying for parking by debit or credit card,” said John D’Angelo, Manager, Arts & Cultural Services Division. “This system also benefits the City because it lowers the cost of fixing and maintaining equipment by going from 344 individual meters to centralized pay stations that are very easy to use.”
Informational signs are posted at the north parking lot entrances and by the pay stations to help people get acquainted with the new parking system. The process is simple:
- Before you leave your parked car, make note of your space number.
- Walk up to any one of the four pay stations.
- Follow the instructions on the pay station screens: Select the amount of time you wish to pay for, follow the prompt to enter your space number and insert payment. (Only coins and credit cards are accepted; no dollar bills.)
- Keep the printed receipt for your records. (You do not need to take it back to your car.)
The City of Wichita has contracted with its current parking management company, The Car Park, to oversee the temporary transition from meters to parking stations. The cost for the test project is $15,315. At the end of the three-month period, City officials will review the project to determine if it should be kept long term and expanded.