WHEATON, Md. - On Wednesday, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation began installing smart meters in Wheaton.
Drivers will be able to use coins and credit cards, or they can pay through their cell phone using the Mobile Now app.
The meter pole is being reused, but the display on the meter and its internal workings will be replaced with the new technology. The smart meters are solar powered, and have real-time communication capabilities, so it's easy to see if a meter is broken.
MCDOT officials said the new meters will make parking easier for drivers.
"It's going to be much more convenient for enforcement as well as for drivers. They have another option to use, which is credit card. The enforcement can see whether it's expired, or whether it's actually in use," said Ed Mondonedo, Chief of Parking Operations for MCDOT.