The city says new "smart meters" have now been installed around City Hall and Cesar Chavez Plaza. They accept credit cards, quarters, dimes, nickels or combinations of cards and coins.
The city plans to install a total of 4,000 of the new machines downtown, in Midtown and in Old Sacramento in the coming months.
Installation in Old Sacramento starts Wednesday.
The city also plans to include an app in the future that will allow people to get a text when a meter is about to run out, and pay with their cell phone.
The app would also allow people to locate empty parking spots.
Read FAQ sheet about the new parking meters.
FINAL: A Sacramento sheriff's deputy was killed and two CHP officers wounded in a shootout yesterday at an Auburn Boulevard motel.
Grammy Award-winning rap artist Common is putting on a free concert in Sacramento Monday to raise awareness of criminal justice issues.
Thirteen to 30-year-olds gather weekly at an Oak Park cafe to brawl within the virtual world of a nearly two-decade old, Japanese video game.
Glynn Phillips of Rubicon Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in Sacramento, says they expanded back when there were fewer breweries. But he says competition has grown tremendously in recent years.
Every year, the Jinan Sacramento Sister Cities Corporation exchange program connects young musicians a chance to experience a new world and new food.