John Galt, parking permitted and parking meters are required to legally park a vehicle in posted areas and are subordinate to all other applicable laws and regulations. A permit does not guarantee you will me able to find available space where and when you want it.
I agree that the EZ-Pass concept is rather than TEMPORARY permits sold by state lottery venders is more efficient. (If vehicle operator purchases sufficient amounts of temporary permits, they have the option of purchasing additional annual permits of lesser prices per duration). But I don't see EZ-Pass eliminating the need for more temporary durstions of parking permits.
Federal and neighboring states’ government’s involvement would be required for monthly or annual parking permits to be billed to the EZ-pass accounts of interstate travelers. In the future when our population is more accustomed to using these state issued parking permits, the EZ-Pass concept may evolve to handle parking permits.
But I don't see EZ-Pass eliminating the need for more TEMPORARY durations of parking permits. Additionally many people believe we should (when it’s feasible) retain more local and less federal governing.
Parking meters ration spaces and increase government revenue that can be for, (but is not limited to) public infrastructure and services provided to vehicle operators.
Among the government expenditures due to parking meters are their purchase, erection, repair, maintenance, replacement, and coin collection, and/or Internet support for internet enabled meters. Due to the extent of these expenditures, parking meters are generally limited to busier posted areas where overhead costs constitute lesser portion of governments parking enforcement expenditures.
The purpose of annual or monthly or more temporary parking permits would be to provide more revenues for their states’ and local governments.