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May 8, 2024
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NYC DOT Kicks off Installation of Upgraded Parking Meters in Northern Manhattan

Starting today, May 8, crews will begin installing new parking meters that will allow drivers to enter their license plate number instead of displaying a paper receipt

Convenient technology will be easier to use and will save enough paper each year to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles

Commissioner Rodriguez and D O T staff speak at a press conference about pay-by-plate parking meters.

NEW YORK — New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today kicked off the citywide rollout of upgraded, modern parking meters in Upper Manhattan, beginning at West 166th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. The meters’ new Pay-by-Plate technology is paperless and will allow users to enter their license plate number instead of displaying a receipt on their vehicle’s dashboard. Starting May 8, crews will commence the gradual upgrade of parking meters, beginning in Northern Manhattan, and gradually advancing southward. The meter upgrades will continue this year and next year and extend to the rest of Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

Pay-by-Plate parking makes paying for parking easier than ever, with drivers no longer needing to leave paper receipts on their dashboards. Retrofitted meters will include a large, modern, full- color, backlit display visible in all conditions that allows for the display of payment information and the entry of license plate information. Meters will have multiple language options and the opportunity for contactless tap and go credit card payments. The Pay-by-Plate upgrade also helps eliminate the illegal practice of transferring parking time to a different zone or vehicle via paper receipt.

“Pay-by-Plate meters will help us say goodbye to paper receipts on dashboards and say hello to simpler, more efficient parking for busy New Yorkers on the go,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “This new technology will not only improve the user experience, but each year it will reduce maintenance costs and save enough paper to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles.”

Throughout the city, parking meters issue approximately eight miles of paper receipts daily. The length of receipt rolls printed annually totals roughly 2,500 miles, the distance between New York City and Los Angeles. Transitioning to the Pay-by-Plate model curbs the carbon footprint, lessens maintenance and repair requirements, and contributes to cleaner streets with reduced litter.

Once fully installed across all 80,000 of the city’s metered parking spaces, drivers will input their license plate number and state into an on-street parking meter and complete the payment. The process aligns with the payment system already in place via the ParkNYC app -- the mobile payment application with over 1.8 million users. As with the app, transactions from the meters are instantaneously synced with the NYPD parking enforcement systems so that traffic agents can use handheld enforcement devices to easily identify which drivers have paid.

Detailed information on the deployment schedule, how to use the meters, as well as other parking information can be found at In addition, the location of metered blockfaces across New York City can be found on the NYC DOT webpage.

Pay-by-Plate parking meter pictured on the side of a street in northern Manhattan.
Example of Pay-by-Plate parking meter. Photo credits: NYC DOT