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Myrtle Beach embracing new car payment options

January 29, 2013

People in cities all over the world park their cars in metered parking spaces every day.

People in cities all over the world park their cars in metered parking spaces every day. While this might not be a problem for many, those who don’t readily have change on-hand risk being hit with large parking tickets. With this in mind, some lawmakers are looking to add credit card terminals to meters to make the process easier.

This is the situation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where local administrators have decided to install 82 meters that accept credit payments, according to The Sun News. The source said that this comes after 52 similar machines were tested last year to positive effect.

“Pulling out credit cards seems to be an easier option,” general manager of Eastern Carolinas for Lanier Parking Solutions Kerry Loomis said at a planning meeting, The Sun News reported. 

The Times Tribune reported that regulators in Scranton, Pennsylvania, are also looking into upgrading their systems to accept credit cards. The unveiling of this system is set to be much larger, however, than the efforts in Myrtle Beach, the news outlet revealed,as 1,400 machines will have to be outfitted with new hardware.Fares in the city may have to be raised significantly to fund such a venture. 

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