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New over-payment prevention and pre-payment features installed on multi-space metered pay stations

As part of a continuing effort to improve the functionality of the Multi-Space Metered Pay Stations in the City of Madison, the Parking Utility has upgraded the pay-station software to include over-payment prevention and pre-payment features.

  • Payment will only be accepted during the hours of enforcement which are 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.
  • Any payment made between 6 am and 7:59 am is considered a pre-payment and will be applied beginning at 8 am.
  • Payment will not be accepted prior to 6am or after 6 pm. Payment will not be accepted during other time periods when parking is prohibited.
  • Any payment made with credit or debit card will auto-complete (see below) with an expiration time of 6 pm if the amount entered would extend parking beyond 6 pm, subject to time limits. The card will only be charged for the time that falls within the enforcement limits.
  • Any payment made with coin will auto-complete (see below) with an expiration time of 6 pm once a sufficient number of coins have been entered to extend parking to 6 pm, subject to time limits. Any additional coins entered will be released to the coin return.
  • If a space is within a restricted zone, any transaction which attempts to purchase parking beginning when the space is unrestricted and extending into the restricted time period will auto-complete with an expiration time that corresponds to the end of legal parking.
  • Some off-street facilities are enforced and require payment 24 hours a day,  seven days a week. See facility signage for details.

auto-complete feature installed on multi-space metered pay stations

  • Credit / Debit Card Transactions: Once the maximum allowable parking time is displayed during a credit / debit card transaction, either by pressing the blue buttons or by pressing the blue "MAX" button, the receipt will print automatically, completing the transaction.

  • Coin Transactions: Once a sufficient number of coins have been deposited to pay for the maximum allowable parking time at the space number entered, the receipt will print automatically, completing the transaction.

  • All Transactions: The automatic printing of the parking receipt indicates that the maximum allowable parking time for the space number entered has been purchased. Under these circumstances ONLY there is no need to press the green button.

For detailed step-by-step instructions see this page: How to use the multi-space metered pay stations.

For answers to frequently asked questions see this page: Multi-space meter FAQs.

For more information about multi-space meters or any city parking related matters please call the City of Madison Parking Utility at (608) 266-4761.