Sacramento is removing 175 ‘smart’ parking meters downtown. Here’s why

Three years after installing millions of dollars worth of “smart” parking meters, the city is about to remove 175 of them on four streets, including one entire side of J Street in midtown.

The reason: The meter sensors cannot handle a new task being asked of them.

The meters to be removed sit on sections of J, P, Q and 10th streets where the city intends to install a series of new-style bike lanes called “parking protected” lanes.

To create the lanes, he city will move the car parking area out further into the street, away from the sidewalk, and put a bike path in the curb area between the parked cars and the sidewalk.