The Sacramento City Council will consider the purchase of 6,000 new parking meters at Tuesday night's meeting.
"Some are up to 20 years old. Many of them have reached their end of life," Program Specialist Mike King said. The technologically-advanced machines would replace worn-out meters in downtown, in midtown and in Old Sac.
King says the new machines will ultimately allow pay-by-phone options, send text alerts when time is about to expire, and help drivers find available parking.
They'll even eliminate lingering malfunctioning problems.
"If a meter should go out of service it will send us a signal to let us know that there is an issue, so that we can dispatch a technician immediately," King said.
While payment structures have yet to be finalized, King is confident the council will approve. If they do, installation would begin in January.
Here is an example of what the app might look like: