New parking meters that accept credit and debit cards along with coins are being installed next month around the civic center area as part of a pilot project that aims to replace all meters on Oahu with the technology, Mayor Peter Carlisle announced today.
The initial phase of the project will replace 110 meters in the Civic Center and Honolulu Police Department garages, and along South King and Punchbowl streets near the state Capitol and Honolulu Hale. Those meters are expected to be operational by June 4.
Once those are determined to be working, 263 city meters in the downtown and Chinatown areas will be replaced.
The city plans to collect data and study usage patterns for six months and then determine whether to replace all meters island-wide.
The total cost for replacing the first 373 meters is about $349,000. Replacing the island’s remaining 2,720 meters is estimated at $1.5 million.