No more running to the parking meters for New Yorkers when needing to feed your meter. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans that would allow drivers to pay for parking and add time at the city’s 85,000 metered spots by using a cell phone app called “Pay by Phone”. The app will be available at all metered spots by the end of the year. The technology expands on a pilot program that ran in the Bronx in 2013.
Under the program, drivers enter their license plate number and credit card information on the app, and when they want to park they enter the location of the closest meter and their card is charged. A traffic agent would use a tablet to check if the parked car was paid for electronically. According to the mayor’s office, if you pay by phone you will not be able to pay for more time past the space’s time limit. Muni-meters will continue to accept coins, parking and credit cards, but drivers who use the app could get credit for unused time. The mayor’s office said the program will not cost the city any additional money since the DOT is developing the app through a no-cost contract, and the NYPD is already equipping the force with tablets.