Montgomery tests credit card-enabled parking meters in Bethesda

The next time you want to park at a meter in Bethesda, you may be able to leave the coins at home.

Montgomery County began a three-month pilot program this month testing out parking meters that accept payment via credit and debit cards.

The 41 solar-powered parking meters in the program are on Norfolk Avenue between Woodmont and Del Ray avenues. They are temporarily replacing 41 regular meters on both sides of the street.

These meters accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards as well as coins and cellphone payments.

If you do park at one of these meters, the county wants to hear from you. They’ve set up a survey to see how you felt about the experience.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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