Downtown merchants and shoppers rejoice: plugging the parking meters could soon be done with a mobile device instead of coins.

City officials sent out requests for proposal to potential vendors, and responses are expected back by Dec. 14, a story in The Journal Times reads.

Downtown Racine Corporation Executive Director Devin Sutherland told the newspaper that a mobile-pay system could be in place by March, and he recognizes that Main Street business owners would like the system in place for the holidays.

“In general it’s been something over the years that has been a prevalent issue around this town,” Michelle Schimian from RG Natural Babies, is quoted as saying. “It would be nice to have something in place so that our customers don’t get deterred from coming Downtown to shop.”

Public Works Commissioner Mark Yehlen told the newspaper that downtown visitors won’t necessarily need to be all that tech-savvy to take advantage of mobile pay for parking meters. He agreed that a March implementation is the most realistic timeline.