Grove Street garage in Downtown Boise gets auto-pay on Wednesday

It's the third parking garage to be on the new system

April 1, 2014 

What is auto-pay? Capital City Development Corp., Boise's urban renewal agency, is gradually installing the systems in its six garages in Downtown Boise. In addition to paying an attendant as you leave a garage, you'll have the option to pay at a machine, which gives you a receipt. Insert the receipt into a machine near the exit, and it will allow you to leave.

Why the change? The idea is to speed up the process of leaving the garages, CCDC officials say. It also allows the garages to stay open all the time.

How's it going so far? The agency has installed auto-pay in the City Centre and Eastman garages. The Grove Street garage will become the third on Wednesday. There's been some confusion and technology bugs, which officials say is to be expected. Next to get the new system will be Capitol Terrace, one of the busiest, on April 6. The rest will have the machines by the end of April.

Does this mean parking attendants will lose their jobs? Not this year, CCDC Executive Director John Brunelle said. There may be new, temporary hires to help patrons figure out the new system. Next year, some parking attendant jobs may be eliminated.

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