Residents, businesses and visitors will be able to conduct their parking transactions by mobile phone.
Vancouver, WA – August 1, 2014—Parkmobile USA, Inc. has partnered with the City of Vancouver to pilot its revolutionary new parking payment service for the next six months at approximately 100 on-street parking spaces in downtown Vancouver http://bit.ly/XkpqeG.
Starting Aug. 1, customers will have the option of paying to park in these particular spaces using a mobile app, the Internet, or by calling a toll-free number. After setting up their Parkmobile account through mobile app or at www.parkmobile.com, customers can immediately start using the system. Parkmobile will also send customers alerts on their mobile phone 15 minutes before their parking meter expires. If they haven’t already purchased the full time allowed at the meter, customers can also add time to their meter directly from their phones.
“Parkmobile is very excited to launch our mobile payment parking service in Vancouver – another pro-gressive thinking city,” said Cherie Fuzzell, CEO of Parkmobile USA, Inc. “This technology offers customers a new and better way to pay for parking. Our mobile payment service is an example of another technology that can make our lives easier and more efficient.”
The City’s parking rate will remain $0.50 an hour. Parkmobile will charge users an additional
$0.35 for each mobile transaction. Parking customers will still be able to pay with coins, if they prefer.
The “20 minutes free” feature on the City’s coin-operated meters will be automatically incorporated into the transaction. For example, at a 2-hour space, the customer will only pay for 1 hour, 40 minutes if they choose to park for the full two hours.
The electronic read-out on the parking meters will still say “Expired” after using Parkmobile, but the City’s parking enforcement officers will be able to see if the customer paid by using Parkmobile on their hand-held devices.
The parking meters included in the pilot are easy to spot. Just look for
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