Smart Cards and tokens for use at the City's parking meters are available for sale at the Parking Service Department's Customer Service Office at 820 Washington Street, located in the Lincoln Street Garage. For additional information, please call 545-4015 or email [email protected].

Smart Cards can be used in all City meters except those on five blocks of Bull Street from Lady Street to Laurel Street. To pay for parking with a Smart Card, a customer simply inserts it into the slot on the parking meter. The meter will read the tiny microchip embedded in the card and the meter will show you how much money is left on the Smart Card. By leaving the card in the meter, the card will purchase time in 20 minute increments every few seconds. Smart Cards are the size of a credit card and fit conveniently into a wallet or pocket. Cards can be purchased with $20, $50, $75, $100 and $150 amounts, and the card itself costs $5. Customers who purchase Smart Cards will receive a bonus 6% of time on their cards.

Once the original amount has been used, the card can be "re-charged" at the Customer Service Office. Cards can also be re-charged at the Pay by Space machines in the City Center Garage located on Taylor Street between Main and Sumter.


Tokens are another convenient method for paying the parking meters. One token will give a vehicle one full hour on any of the City's 4,600 parking meters. Tokens can be purchased in bags of 50 for $35, a savings of $2.50.