EZ Park cards will be available again this January

Friday, December 30, 2011 | 12:29 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — EZ Park cards will be available starting Tuesday to eliminate the need for change at downtown parking meters.

The cards were temporarily unavailable after the Public Works Department ran out of the old cards. Before ordering the new cards, the department suspended the service to allow for reprogramming of the meters and changes to the EZ Park software.

Nothing has changed about the cards themselves, and old cards can still be used.

EZ Park cards work at all downtown parking meters and at all hourly spaces in city garages, except for the garage at Seventh and Walnut streets.

EZ Park cards are prepaid debit cards that can be used in place of change. They can be loaded up to a maximum of $99 and used at meters marked with the EZ Park symbol.

The cards are swiped at meters or multi-space machines in garages up to the maximum time limit allowed. They are swiped again before leaving the space to give a refund for any time left on the meter. Regular credit and debit cards are not accepted at any parking spaces.

The cards will be available at Daniel Boone City Building in the Public Works Department on the third floor and at Utility Customer Service in the lobby, at the Boone County Government Center and at the Turner Avenue parking garage at MU.

To recharge an EZ Park card, people can go to any of the locations listed above or  the multi-space parking machines inside the Sixth and Cherry, Tenth and Cherry and Fifth and Walnut garages. There is no longer a recharging station in the Eight and Cherry garage.

The city enforces parking Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On-street parking is free on Sundays, and on Saturday and Sunday parking in city garages is free.

For more information, go to and search "GoParking," or call the Public Works Department at 874-7250.

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