Don't look now, but the city's parking meters go online today, Tuesday, May 1. Across the downtown, motorists should be prepared to pony up to the meter before heading out to eat, drink, or shop.
This year, however, you'll be able to leave the quarters at home this summer.
Over the last few weeks, crews have been busy updating the city's remaining parking meters with so-called "smart meters" capable of accepting cash as well as debit and credit cards.
The new meter heads, which were part of a new five-year, $941,000 contract awarded in December to Central Parking Systems of Providence, are being installed throughout the city's downtown core.
That same contract also effectively increased the parking rate by 25 cents per hour, giving motorists 12 minutes for every 25 cents inserted at metered spaces compared to
15 minutes previously granted for 25 cents.
Resident sticker parking is also now in effect in certain areas around town. Be sure to read all signs and pay attention to the time.