PORTLAND, Maine — Portland officials are close to signing a contract for electronic parking meters that take debit and credit cards in addition to coins.
Spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says the city will pay $150,000 for 18 of the parking kiosks and install them next spring.
The Portland Press Herald says the meters are part of a pilot program to allow drivers to use plastic if they don’t have coins.
City officials agreed last summer to buy the kiosks from Florida-based Cale Parking Systems USA, but the deal was put on hold after the FBI investigated allegations that a company executive gave bribes or kickbacks to an official in Portland, Ore., in exchange for city contracts. Cale Parking Systems is now being bought by the meter manufacturer, Cale Group, based in Sweden.