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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Cashkeys...

Cashkeys...:The city of Albany is upgrading its parking meters to take "cashkeys":

City officials unveiled a new parking meter system Wednesday that allows drivers to use a prepaid electronic key to buy time at the curb. Most are within the downtown business district, with a few on Elk Street, Washington Avenue and Central Avenue.

If the CashKey pilot program is successful, the Parking Authority will consider installing the system on more meters, Klein said. The upgraded meters will continue to accept quarters.

CashKeys can be programmed with prepaid amounts in $10 increments up to $100. During a news conference at State and Pearl streets, Mayor Jerry Jennings demonstrated how when the key is inserted into specially marked meters, the meter will first show the dollar amount available on the key.When the key is pulled out, the parking meter will display the meter time. Each time the key is pushed back into the meter and partially withdrawn, the meter will register additional minutes in the same way as if another quarter had been inserted.
I wonder what the civil libertarians, who opposed EZ-PASS on big brother grounds, will say about this one...
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