New parking meters debut Monday in Bloomington

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The city of Bloomington is getting its first taste of a parking meter plan approved in March for the college town's downtown area.

Bloomington's first "smart" parking meters were scheduled to go online Monday along Bloomington's Morton Street. Those meters with slots for coins and credit cards will soon be installed in front of most of the on-street spaces in the city's downtown.

The city council approved the paid parking system in mid-March. Officials have said they expect the entire metering system to be fully operational by the second week of August.

Bloomington Public Works Director Susie Johnson tells The Herald-Times that people who fail to pay the meter during their first week of operation should receive warnings, not tickets, as drivers are educated about the new system.

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