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Edmonton coin meters to disappear by New Year's

Say goodbye to the iconic 3,300 coin-operated meters in the city.

The city hopes to get rid of all of the coin-operated parking meters by year's end.

Metro File

The city hopes to get rid of all of the coin-operated parking meters by year's end.

Edmonton’s EPark system still faces roadblocks as it replaces the iconic, coin-fed parking meter, but officials say it will be operational by New Year’s Eve at the latest.

In an update to council Tuesday, officials said the full system — which is set to replace all 3,300 coin-operated meters in the city — will be delayed into 2016, but street-level machines will be operating on time.

“We’re sticking to our targets to have all the coin-operated machines out by Dec. 31,” said the project’s manager, James Donahue.

The delayed elements to the EPark system are upgrades to city-owned parkades, as well as to its automated parking-enforcement vehicles that will work with the new pay stations.

The city can still issue parking tickets even without the vehicles.

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