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New parking meters could mean fewer issues for Syracuse drivers

A parking meter stands near the corner of University and Madison avenues in downtown Syracuse.
Sammy St. Jean
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WAER News
A parking meter stands near the corner of University and Madison avenues in downtown Syracuse.

Syracuse parking meters are slated for a makeover. The 10-year-old machines often have problems taking both cash and credit payments, which causes headaches for drivers. But relief is on the way.

About 300 of the outdated machines are set for replacement, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said during a community briefing last week.

The city expects the first 150 to be installed later this summer or early fall, even though supply chain issues have delayed the shipment since it was placed in January.

The plan is to start with the meters in downtown focusing on neighborhood business corridors and near major institutions. The project could take up to two years.

In the meantime, officials are pushing drivers to the Flowbird app. It’s free and available for both Apple and Android users.