But now there's a pay-by-phone option.
Stickers with information about the new program are on 1,400 meters in
The city decided to go this route because fewer and fewer people carry change with them, said
"People do business by their credit cards and smartphones," he said.
It's also a likely benefit to the city. Paxton said many cities see as much as a 20 percent increase in payments above normal meter collections. However, coins will still be accepted.
Stickers on the meters explain the program, but drivers also can sign up before they get to the parking space by calling 877-727-5973 or by going to www.parkmobile.com. They can download the mobile app and create an account, providing a cellphone number and the license plate number of the car or cars to be enrolled.
It's available at any metered spot with the Parkmobile sticker. Users put in the space number and zone where the meter is, note the amount of time they need and confirm payment. The amount paid won't appear on the meter, but parking enforcement officials will know what's been paid.
There is a fee for the service. Parking at a
If the motorist uses Parkmobile, the service fee per transaction (regardless of the time parked) would be
Paxton said one benefit is that if a person is in a meeting, the service can send an email or text when there's 15 minutes left on the parking session. The person can then add more minutes by phone, if the car is not going to exceed the maximum parking spot time limit.
Paxton said similar services are also available at the
While the city is trying to make parking downtown easier, it is also beefing up enforcement and writing more tickets against drivers who park illegally or exceed their parking time limits. Police said they are currently hiring six new parking control officers, after several years of minimal staffing and lax enforcement of downtown parking.
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