Montgomery County is launching a pilot program to test credit card payments at parking meters. The program began this Monday with 41 newly-installed meters.
The meters are located on Norfolk Avenue in Bethesda between Woodmont Avenue and Del Ray Avenue. They accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discovery, according to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, but will also accept coins and pay-by-phone payments.
Maryland County officials said the parking meters operate on solar power, and can communicate with the Department of Transportation in real time to allow immediate credit card processing.
The meters are being provided to the county for free through the end of the program in June. MCDOT says they expect to know by then whether they will plan to switch all county meters over to accept credit cards.
The District of Columbia launched a similar program in 2010, as well as a "pay-by-phone" option last year.