APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - If a new parking meter pilot program continues to see the success it has in downtown Appleton, it will be out with the old and in with the new.
A pair of electronic pay stations replaced 35-single spot parking meters in a city block in September. That move resulted in parking revenue have more than doubling.
Appleton Parking Manager Paul Debraal says the block used to take in around $150 a week, now they are collecting between $340-$400 a week.
Debraal accredits the increase to the fact that the machines can takes cash, unlike traditional parking meters. The pay stations also accept pre-paid cards.
Another reason is that every parking spot starts fresh. You won’t be able to know what is left for paid time for a spot, so you have to put money in.
Debraal says if the success continues, he expects that more traditional meters will be removed and electronic pay stations will take their place.