Changes coming to downtown SLO parking structures, including credit card machines

Posted at 9:16 AM, Oct 26, 2018

New payment options are coming to downtown San Luis Obispo parking structures.

Until now, drivers could not use credit or debit cards to pay for parking at any of the three lots and exit gates were raised when the attendant left for the evening.

Now, the city says pay-on-foot (POF) machines will allow drivers to pay for parking by cash or credit at the front of the structure, before returning to their car.

New gates and entry/exit columns will also be installed and will remain in place 24/7.

The city says the changes are for “efficiency and modernization at each structure” and “will shorten the time to enter/exit each structure.”

Eventually, the city plans to link parking availability at each structure to the city’s website and down the road, to a mobile platform.

Attendants will continue to staff parking booths, but hours will vary.

The changes will first go into effect at the Mash Street structure next week.

Parking rates will remain the same.