Madison Differences #1 – Parking Meters

Ok, you all knew it was coming. Since I did my “Portland Differences” series, you had to expect I would start a “Madison Differences” series. Well, here is #1.. Parking Meters..

So, in Portland, the parking meters are like high tech. You can put your debit/credit card in, pick some time, it prints a sticker, you put it on your window, all the meters are clearly labeled like 90 minutes, 2 hours, etc. I heard in the near future you will be able to add more money via your cell using TXT message to keep the meter running, just .. wonderful.

Now, Madison. “Capital City” (reminds me of the Simpsons) – you think it would be on the cutting edge? No. Like St. Cloud, its manual feed coin meters. Like everyone carries around coins? Reminds me of the toll roads on the drive to Madison. Pay $1.20 – exact change…WTF? The meters only take 25 cent max, have they ever heard of Sacagawea coins? ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that was the first difference, there are a few more I have up my sleeve, and I am sure there will be more as I go explore the city. One thing I will say though, it is weird now because I hear the Minnesota accent in people when the talk, yaaaaa?

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By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

2 replies on “Madison Differences #1 – Parking Meters”

We still need to find your replacement so Mickey and I won’t forget what the Minnesota accent sounds like. We’re not really all that high tech here, they just want to keep taking our money. Bikes are going to rule the city one day ๐Ÿ™‚


Yes,use bank card or smart card to feed parking meter is already very popular around the world.It is now and future trends to park car and add more money via your cell using TXT message.Now many parking meter manufacturer can accustomize for clients.


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