Software glitch knocks Mpls. parking stations out of service

12:27 AM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Nearly 140 on-street parking pay stations are out of service after an apparent software glitch overnight Tuesday.

The city of Minneapolis says crews are working get the pay stations back on line as soon as possible. The impacted area includes most of the downtown core: an area bounded by Hennepin Avenue in the west to 5th Avenue South in the east.

Also affected are pay stations on either side of Hennepin Avenue around Loring Park.

The stations began malfunctioning following a software update to the parking meter system overnight Tuesday. A total of 138 pay stations are out of service. These machines are now displaying a message that says "loading parameter" and will not accept any payments.

Drivers who park at the spaces by non-working pay stations can remain in those spots for free until 2 p.m. However, city officials say those motorists should check their meters at 2 p.m. to see if they are working.

If the system is working at that time, drivers will need to pay their meters. If the meters are still not working at that time, drivers can remain in their parking spaces free of charge until 4 p.m. but will need to check back again at that time.

The City of Minneapolis will provide updates on the parking meter repairs via its Facebook and Twitter, on our website, and via the media.

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