SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The cost of parking in Schenectady is about to go up.
The city is doing away with the old coin style meters where drivers put in a quarter and twist the knob, opting to replace them with kiosks.
But while meters used to charge a quarter for a full hour of parking, the kiosks will charge up to a dollar for that hour. The kiosks will also take credit and debit cards.
The city says not only are they getting with the times, but that the new machines will generate more money. The people NEWS10 ABC spoke to on the street say they had no clue this was happening, and didn't like it.
“Well I think the answer is not trying to balance the budget on the backs of the people who are taxpayers and are willing to locate or try to operate their business here in the community, I don' think that's the answer,” said one shopper, Carl Leo. “It's a great racket, maybe I’ll start parking cars, why not, make that type of money in these meters or receptacles that take the money, they don't take any holidays, days off, there a tremendous gimmick.”
Just 19 kiosks replace 147 meters, and because they're electronic, the city can raise rates if something big is going on bringing in more traffic.