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New electronic parking pay stations in Appleton bring in more than twice the haul


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - If a new parking meter pilot program continues to see the success it has in downtown Appleton, it will be out with the old and in with the new. 

A pair of electronic pay stations replaced 35-single spot parking meters in a city block in September.  That move resulted in parking revenue have more than doubling. 

Appleton Parking Manager Paul Debraal says the block used to take in around $150 a week, now they are collecting between $340-$400 a week.

Debraal accredits the increase to the fact that the machines can takes cash, unlike traditional parking meters.  The pay stations also accept pre-paid cards. 

Another reason is that every parking spot starts fresh.  You won’t be able to know what is left for paid time for a spot, so you have to put money in. 

Debraal says if the success continues, he expects that more traditional meters will be removed and electronic pay stations will take their place.