Meter Operations

The International Bridges Department also manages the city's parking meters program. Most of the nearly 2,000 parking meters in El Paso are located in Downtown.

To make on-street parking more convenient the department has begun the process of acquiring and installing "Smart" parking meters that allow for multi-payment options. The parking meters are solar powered and provide users with a variety of payment options: Smart card; debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover); quarters and dollar coins. Smart Cards are city-issued debit cards.

The department's goal is to eventually replace all its coin-operated parking meters with "Smart" parking meters.

The fee to park at a meter is 50 cents for every 30 minutes or $1.00 per hour.

Parking Meter Debit Card

Parking Meter Debit Cards can be used to purchase time at all our electronic parking meters. 

The Eagle parking meter will provide 15 minutes per card insertion. The Liberty meter,  which can be identified by the presence of credit card logos, will give time as if it were a credit card; on the first insertion they will receive one hour and twenty minutes minimum and 40 minutes thereafter. Each card has a value of $20.00 and is sold in $20 denominations. They are currently sold at the following locations:

• Main Library Downtown, 501 N. Oregon
• City Hall, 300 N. Campbell
• One Stop Shop, 811 Texas
• Bert Williams Bus Terminal, 601 Santa Fe
• Downtown Management District Office, Chase Tower

Instructions for use

Insert the card into the diagonal card slot with the arrow on the card pointing to the diagonal slot on the meter. When inserted properly, the credit remaining on the card will be displayed on the meter. Remove the card and reinsert until you have reached the desired time on the meter. If the card is not promptly removed, parking time will continue to be added to the meter and credit deducted from the card. The meter will display “FULL when the maximum time has been purchased. During rainy weather, you may have to wipe the water off the card before inserting it into the card slot.

Damaged or lost cards

The card is the responsibility of the purchaser. The City of El Paso will not replace a lost or stolen card, or a card damaged due to the negligence of the purchaser. The City will not refund any parking credit that may have remained on the card. Any card that may be defective should be returned to 300 N. Campbell, cashiers office for inspection and evaluation. 

Important Note:

Do not place on a magnet or close to a magnet to avoid having the information from being erased.

Pay-by-Cell App        

Motorists will be able to use a pay-by-cell app to feed parking meters and avoid citations starting August 11, 2015. The service will be available for use on all of the city's approximately 2,000 meters.

Park El Paso, the pay-by-cell application, provides motorists with the added convenience of being able to pay for parking at a meter or to remotely add time to a parking session using a smartphone app. It also eliminates the need for motorists to carry coins and sends users a warning five minutes before their parking time expires.

The Park El Paso app is free and available for download on Android and Apple devices through the Apple App and the Google Play stores. Park El Paso will allow users to pay for parking with a credit or debit card. For more information, visit

Free Parking

The City’s International Bridges Department, which manages the parking meter division, offers free parking at all meters on Sundays, city-recognized holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) and for special events approved by City Council.

Malfunctioning Parking Meter

If a parking meter fails to provide the proper time, please relocate to a working parking meter.

To report a malfunctioning parking meter, you may call (915) 212-7507 or submit the following information:

Parking Meter Service Supervisor
Ricardo C. Lujan
Phone: 915-212-7507

The number is located on the meter’s pole and consists of letters and numbers.