New "smart" parking meters that accept coins and credit cards are popping up in core neighborhoods as the Columbus Department of Public Service overhauls its aging fleet.

New "smart" parking meters that accept coins and credit cards are popping up in core neighborhoods as the Columbus Department of Public Service overhauls its aging fleet.

Here's what you need to know.

Where are the new meters?

The first coin-and-card meters are being installed at the North Market, on Grandview Avenue and in neighborhoods like the Short North, Arena District, Brewery District and Downtown. This year, 977 models will be upgraded.

The city plans to install 1,000 smart models annually until it upgrades a fleet of more than 4,000. As a test run, 35 smart meters were installed along East Gay Street in 2009.

How can I pay ?

Debit and credit cards powered by MasterCard, Visa and Discover can be used. You can also use a reloadable Columbus Parking Card, which will be available from the city's Parking Violations Bureau. Call 614-645-6400 for more info.

New meters also accept coins.

How does it work?

Meters display the parking rate, time limit and remaining minutes for each space. You insert and remove your credit or debit card, just like when using an ATM. You can increase or decrease the amount of time you want to buy by pressing small blue buttons beneath the screen. You then choose to confirm or cancel the transaction.

The same goes when using a parking card - just don't remove it until your payment is finished.

For each transaction, the display will include how much time you bought and when the meter expires.

For more info, go to publicservice.columbus.gov.