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      Annapolis Smartmeters to be installed this week

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It will soon be more convenient - and more expensive - to park in the Historic District in Annapolis.

      City crews on Tuesday started replacing coin-operated parking meters with credit card-swiping machines. The new Smartmeters will accept both plastic and coins.

      The Capital of Annapolis reports that the old meters cost $1 an hour. The rate for the new digital meters will be $2 an hour. The maximum time allowed will remain at two hours.

      City officials expect the installation of nearly 300 meters will be completed this week.