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☷ Fayetteville Arkansas - Fayetteville improves downtown parking adds new payment methods
Fayetteville , state Arkansas ( By Press Release office)
April 28 , 2022
Parking Management Department
479 - 575 - 8277
jclay@fayetteville - ar . gov
City of Fayetteville improves downtown parking , adds new payment methods
FAYETTEVILLE , Ark . – The City of Fayetteville has made several changes to parking in the Downtown Business District , including modernizing payment methods , to make the process easier for Fayetteville residents and visitors .
On - street parking meters in the district , which total 250 and previously only accepted coins , have been replaced with “smart” meters that accept payment via credit cards , mobile app ( ParkMobile ) and contactless payment methods . Drivers still have the option to pay with coins .
Many of the smart meters are equipped with sensor technology that identifies the exact moment a car is parked in a space . City officials said the sensors will provide real - time parking availability data and allow for grace periods , during which parking rates will not be required for downtown customers during shorter parking sessions .
“The sensors allow for a friendlier approach to parking enforcement , ” said Justin Clay , parking management director for the City . “Also , it gives the ability to relay real - time parking availability via the mobile app . ”
On - street meters are either short - term with a two - hour limit , or long - term with no time limit . An updated parking map for the Downtown Business District has been added to the
City’s Parking Management Department webpage
. Parking around the Downtown Square and Gardens is still free for no more than two hours in a four - hour period .
The five municipal surface parking lots in the downtown district , which previously had 275 single - space coin meters , now feature pay stations for each lot that use a pay - by - license plate method . Transitioning to a pay - by - plate method allows for the same grace period options as the on - street sensors , and it allows City staff to enforce permits by license plate , removing the need and costs associated with physical permits .
With the addition of payment stations , Clay said accessibility will be improved by the removal of single - space meters along sidewalks that are adjacent to parking lots .
To cover the operational software costs associated with the new equipment , Fayetteville City Council approved Resolution 6475 in 2021 , changing on - street rates from 25 cents per hour to 50 cents per hour and surface lot rates from 15 cents per hour to 25 cents per hour .
For more information about parking , please go to
https://www . fayetteville - ar . gov/680/Parking
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