Atlanta approves cashless, cell phone payments for parking
The Department of Public Works announced today that in 2014, Atlanta drivers will have greater ease and flexibility in how they pay for on-street parking. An agreement between Duncan Solutions, the City of Atlanta’s parking management company, and Parkmobile USA, will give drivers the convenience of making cash-less parking payments using smart phones, cell phones or the Parkmobile website.
A pilot integration of the pay-by-cell system on parking meters in Downtown Atlanta on Baker and Luckie Streets will begin for the end of the year. The official launch of the citywide deployment is expected to be completed by Feb. 1.
To use the new pay-by-cell system, customers will need to register at parkmobile.com and download the free Parkmobile application onto their Android, Blackberry, iPhone or Windows smartphones. Once registered, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone, the internet, or by calling Parkmobile’s toll-free number (877) 727-5714) to pay for parking. A small 35-cent user fee will be charged each time a customer uses the Parkmobile payment system. All of the payment options and instructions will be posted on parking meters.
Any active parking session can be extended from the customer’s phone, assuming the user hasn’t used up the allotted maximum time restriction at the specific location. No extensions to meter times can take place if the posted time limit has been met at a particular space.
The pay-by-cell service plan will be an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options. All existing forms of payment (credit and debit cards, coins) are still valid for meter use.