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Drivers Can Now Use a Mobile App to Pay Parking Meters Across the U.S.

Nov 09, 2013 2:00 pm

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No more running down to the street to fish for coins to refill a meter: The technology, which will one day be commonplace, is now in 36 cities in the U.S.

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A PayByPhone sticker is seen on parking meter in Vancouver where residents can now by phone or mobile app, without returning to their car. PayByPhone


Drivers lacking cash but with phones have more options for high-tech parking meters in Dallas.

City officials and PayByPhone Technologies on Friday announced drivers can pay for metered parking with a credit or debit card using a smartphone app or by calling a toll-free number.

PayByPhone can also send users a text message five minutes before their meter expires with the option to pay for more time.

City parking enforcement manager Paul Curington says it’s a simple way to add parking time from wherever you are without worrying about getting a ticket.

A free PayByPhone account can be set up using a smartphone app.

Drivers can also call 1-888-680-7275 to set up an account using a credit or debit card. A 35-cent convenience fee applies per transaction.

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