Y2K-Like Bug Wreaks Havoc On City’s 14,000 Parking Meters

Steve Burns
January 04, 2020 - 7:00 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Parking meters across the city still aren't accepting cards thanks to a Y2K-like software glitch, but the city is still handing out tickets to those who don't pay.

It’s somewhat reminiscent of the panic that set in 20 years ago before the clock struck midnight in 1999. This isn’t quite as cataclysmic, but it did force David to buy some nuts for change.

“I have to go buy a $7 pistachio so I can get some coins,” he told WCBS 880.

New York has 14,000 parking meters and most of them will tell you “card not accepted” when you try to put one in.

You can still pay by coin or by app, which is the city’s justification for still handing out tickets.

The Department of Transportation says crews are working around the clock, going one by one to each meter to reconfigure the software.

The city says all meters should be fixed by Thursday.