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San Francisco Tests Parking Meter Feeding Via Cellphone

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A San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic issues a parking ticket for an illegaly parked car on January 21, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic issues a parking ticket for an illegaly parked car on January 21, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — San Francisco plans to launch a new service that could help drivers avoid a parking ticket by allowing them to feed the meter using cellphones.

The city will alert drivers with a text message when their parking meters are about to expire. Drivers will also be given the option to put more money on the meter remotely using their phones, which will cost 45 cents for each of those transactions.

The Municipal Transportation Agency will first test the service at curbside meters and two city-owned parking lots in the Castro district before deciding whether to offer them elsewhere.

The fine for parking at an expired meter in the Castro is $55.  In the city’s downtown core, it is $65.

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