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Portland to triple use of parking kiosks

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Portland to triple use of parking kiosks

PORTLAND — The city will soon triple the number of kiosks drivers can use to pay for parking on Portland streets.

Thirty-six kiosks will be installed this month, mostly in the Old Port and along the waterfront. The city now has 18 kiosks, which were installed last year, primarily on Commercial Street.

The solar-powered kiosks are central stations where drivers can pay for street parking with coins, credit cards or debit cards. Drivers receive a receipt that shows the amount of parking time purchased and when it expires, and must display the receipt face-up on their vehicle dashboard. The receipts can also be used for parking in spots with traditional meters.

The pay kiosks are eventually expected to replace most of the city's traditional meters.

The city charges 25 cents per 15 minutes of parking, with a two-hour maximum, in designated areas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.