Columbia Drivers React to New Meters

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COLUMBIA - New parking meters on Ninth Street gave Columbia drivers the option Thursday to pay by credit card or cell phone.

The new meters are part of the city's pilot program to test the benefits of having alternative payment methods for meters.

One Columbia driver said he was pleased by the convenience the meters offer.

"I used to get a lot of tickets and half my pay checks would go to paying off meters. Now I won't have that problem," said Karam Naeem.

The new meters are not compatiable with the EZ park cards.

The results from the program will be analyzed this summer.