Skip the Parking Meter, Pay by Phone


Tired of digging for quarters? Pay by phone.

The chronological development of new technology is often counter intuitive; meaning that the technology is developed, and then people frantically try to find applications for it (I suspect this is how the drug Viagra came to be). However, when a logical and convenient application is discovered you know it immediately; it elicits the response:  Why didn’t I think of that?

That’s how I felt when I learned that The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Parkmobile have launched a program that will allow residents, workers and visitors to use mobile phones to pay for parking at all of the approximately 17,000 on-street metered spaces throughout the District of Columbia.

“We piloted pay by phone parking in select business districts, with great results, and now we’re ready to offer this service citywide,” said DDOT Interim Director Terry Bellamy.   “It provides another, convenient payment option for drivers. Instead of paying with cash or a credit card, all it takes is a couple clicks with the mobile app or a short phone call and you’re on your way.”

Parkmobile already provides pay by phone service in the Foggy Bottom, Georgetown Hospital, and Ballpark areas and will start adding locations around the District starting in June.  Drivers can sign up or download the mobile app at  Registered customers can use the mobile app, the internet, or a phone call to pay for parking. The parking transactions appear in real time on the handheld devices used by Parking Enforcement Officers.

“We are very proud to offer our services to the residents and visitors of the capital of the United States of America.  Pay by phone offers customers a new and better way to pay for parking. Parkmobile users have 24/7 access to their online account; they can print reports and easily track their parking expenses. It’s much faster and more convenient,” noted Albert Bogaard, CEO of Parkmobile.

The mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry are easy to use.   iPhone users will also be able to take advantage of the GPS functionality, saving up to 5 favorite zones and license plates. You can quick park in the same zone and parking space that was used the last time you parked.  These additional features are coming soon for Android and Blackberry.

Mobile payments when you are actually mobile. It doesn’t get much more logical than that.


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