Northgate Parking Garage goes cashless Friday

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- In recent years, the City of College Station has noticed a steady decline in cash transactions at the Northgate College Main Parking Garage. More than 80 percent of garage patrons now pay with debit or credit cards.

The entire parking garage industry is rapidly going cashless, and several local garages have already transitioned to this type of system.

Consequently, the Northgate garage will be cashless — and more user-friendly — starting Friday. Going cashless means the garage will operate more efficiently, and Northgate staff can focus on more productive duties.

It also means if you don’t have a debit or credit card, you won’t be allowed to park in the garage. You can use coins to park at one of the city’s 98 single-space street meters or in the pay-by-space meter lot at 310 Church Ave.

If you don’t have a debit or credit card, you also have the option to buy a monthly, six-month or annual pass at a competitive rate. For more information or to purchase a contract, go to cstx.gov/parking or call 979-764-3778.

User Friendliness

The new system uses bar-coded tickets and high-performance thermal printers for trouble-free ticket issues. The magnetic stripe tickets used by the existing eight-year-old system can be frustrating because tickets can get damaged or become demagnetized when placed next to a credit card or driver’s license.

In addition, customers can conveniently pay at the four kiosks at the southernmost corners of the garage or at the exit gates. No more having to back out of a lane to pay.