AUSTIN -- Paying for parking in downtown Austin is about to get a little easier.
If you're annoyed with paying by meter or getting a sticker to put on your window, another option will go into effect Wednesday: the new EasyPark system.
Think of it as a toll tag - only for parking instead. Drivers will get a little orange device which connects to a computer where you can add credits to it. Then when you get to your parking spot you turn it on, select the city and put in your zone. Just hang the device in the curbside window of your vehicle.
The good thing about the device is that you pay by the minute, so you don't have to put in extra time in case you run late.
EasyPark starts a count down relative to the zone you are in. It will even stop counting if you're parking overnight, and then start again when the meter hours for your zone are active.
"We had not been able to come up with a device that I was comfortable with. [But] of the last couple years we finally found a device that's being used in Europe that we feel the citizens would really enjoy," Parking Enterprise Manager Steve Grassfield said.
The City had a similar system like this in place a few years ago. About 16,000 people bought parking cards. So Grassfield says there is a need - especially for businesses in the downtown area.
EasyPark is $29, plus a $1 service fee every month. With your purchase you'll get $10 in free parking.