New high-tech parking meters considered for downtown Las Vegas

Marco Villarreal

New high-tech parking meters considered for downtown Las Vegas

CREATED Jan. 23, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The City of Las Vegas is one step closer to getting new high-tech parking meters downtown.

The old coin meters bring a whole set of problems that the city is hoping to get rid of as it looks at newer parking meters with more electronic capabilities.

1,200 meters will be replaced with about 230 solar-powered electronic meters. The new devices accept coins or credit cards, print receipts and serve multiple parking spots.

The decision to buy them was delayed when city council members raised questions about interchangeable parts and the signal strength of the built-in modems inside the meters.

"There's really this vintage Vegas vibe that's happening down here, and people want to come down and experience that," said Jace Radke with the City of Las Vegas. "So we want to make sure that we have parking meters, and parking that is easily accessible, easily available for them so they can park, not have to worry, go have fun, and then enjoy downtown Las Vegas."

The issue is expected to be brought up again in month where city council members will vote yes or no to purchase these new smart, parking meters. The cost is about $5,700 per meter.