The City of Dallas has installed parking meters throughout downtown that take the worry out of parking. These meters will accept a Cash Key in addition to coins.
How does the Cash Key work?
When you insert the Cash Key, the meter displays the amount remaining on the key, (Note: available funds are rounded down to the nearest whole dollar). The meter then deducts $.25 from the preprogrammed amount on the Cash Key and registers the time on the meter. To register additional time on the meter, reinsert the Cash Key. The Cash Key does not need to be completely removed before reinsertion, so be careful to avoid an unintentional $.25 deduction from your key.
When the desired time has been registered, remove the Cash Key and take it with you. The meter will not register more than the maximum allowable time, but will continue to deduct $.25 from your Cash Key each time it is inserted. (Ex: A two-hour meter will not register more than the maximum two-hour limit.)
If the Cash Key is left inserted for more than five seconds, the meter will go into out-of-order mode until it is removed. This feature is to alert you if you accidentally leave the Cash Key in the meter. The Cash Key is the equivalent of money and replaces the many coins otherwise needed for meters, it is a convenient substitute that can be carried on a key ring or stored in your vehicle.
How do I get a Cash Key?
Each Cash Key is $15 plus tax. You pay the $15 for the key and an additional $25, $50, $100 or $200 worth of time. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Location:
Customer Service Payment Center
Oak Cliff Municipal Center
320 E. Jefferson, Room 100
Dallas, TX 75203
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
When the amount programmed on the Cash Key expires, you may return the Cash Key and purchase additional time without the purchase of a new key.
NO REFUNDS on Cash Keys and programmed time
Can I use coins and the Cash Key together?
The electronic meters will accept coins and the Cash Key together. The electronic parking meter will show the amount left on your key in whole dollars.
Please remember, the purchase of a Cash Key does not guarantee a space since the electronic meters also accept coins. Parking meter spaces are still on a first come, first served basis.