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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.

— Samantha Shankman

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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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