Wausau looks to implement new and improved parking system for downtown

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By:   Amber Luckett  at WSAW

The city of Wausau will be revamping its metered parking system to make parking a little more convenient for people heading downtown. The city stared looking to a parking payment app after a parking study to improve the city's parking was conducted back in 2014.

The city will implement a new system using the Passport Parking app. The app allows drivers to pay for downtown parking, in metered spaces as well as parking lots and ramps, from their smartphones free of charge.

The app would also provide digital parking permits for those looking to purchase annual and monthly passes. Maryanne Groat the city's Director of Fiances said updates will also be made to certain meters and parking kiosks will be installed so users can still pay with cash and credit card if they don't want to use the app.

"Right now there is zoned parking where people can park for one hour or two hours free. Right now there are no formal plans to change that," said Groat.

The city hopes the changes will make Wausau a more progressive place to live. The new system is expected to be up and running by 2019.

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