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Smart Meters Now In Bethesda, MD

 New Single Space Parking Meters that accept coins, credit cards and pay by cell are being installed in Bethesda.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Division of Parking is installing 840 on-street parking meters in Bethesda, expanding payment options for parking customers. Customers will still be able to pay for parking using coins or pay-by-cell phone, but customers will now also be able to use credit cards. The changeover is expected to take about two weeks.

Some Primary Features of the Smart Meter Include:

  • Provide more payment options for parking customers; including coins, credit cards and Pay-by-Cell
  • Solar powered battery system
  • Highly visible expiration time indicator
  • Real-time communication
  • Web-based management system
  • The meters are designed to be retrofitted onto single space meter heads for ease of installation.




Easy to Use Smart Meters:

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  • View parking rates, hours, time limits and other important info on the SmartMeter's illuminated display.
  • Insert and remove your credit/debit card. (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover)
  • Using the keypad, select your payment amount with the blue [+] or [-] buttons.
  • Press green [OK] button to confirm your amount, or red [CANCEL] button to cancel your transaction. If neither button is pressed after 35 seconds, the meter will attempt to authorize the amount shown onscreen
  • Wait for the card authorization.
  • The meter will show the amount of paid time approved and meter expiration time or will request another card.
  • Or just pay with coins!



Cash keys will no longer be accepted by the smart meters, but will continue to be an option in parking lots and garages that currently accept them. Drivers who will no longer need cash keys will receive in trade a special value card equivalent to the cash key’s loaded value plus the original deposit ($15.00). The value cards can be used like a credit card in the smart meters until their value is zeroed out. Beginning the week of February 24, customers can exchange their cash key for the value card at the Bethesda Parking Sales Store at 4720 Cheltenham Drive, Bethesda, Maryland.

Please visit a Sales Store:

Bethesda Parking Sales Store
4720 Cheltenham Drive (within Garage 42)
Bethesda, Maryland  20814
M-F 7:30am to 4:00pm, except County Holidays
*Payment by Cash, Check, Money Order, Visa or Master Card

North Bethesda Transportation Management Office
5640 Nicholson Lane, Suite 224
Rockville, Maryland  20852
(301) 770-8108
Please call for hours of operation
*Payment by Check Only

Silver Spring Parking Sales Store (new location in Garage 61)
809 Ellsworth Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland  20910
(240) 777-8744
M-F 7:30am to 4:00pm except County Holidays
*Payment by Cash, Check, Money Order, Visa or Master Card






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