SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco officials have launched a new service that will allow drivers to pay for a parking meter by using their smartphone.
The technology allows users with “equipped smartphones” to tap their devices on a meter’s pay-by-phone sticker.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director Ed Reiskin said the sticker contains a chip that opens up an app, which will facilitate the payment.
KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:
“It tells me where I’m parked. It tells me what time of day it is,” said Reiskin. “And then it prompts me for a duration in minutes, so I can just type in five minutes.”
Drivers also have the option of calling a toll-free number displayed in the meters for the same service.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the program was launched in the Castro District because it’s a bustling corridor and conveniences like this are needed to reduce congestion.
“Who wouldn’t want to have this app right at their fingertips and preventing the hurt of a parking ticket,” said Lee. “But also to use technology and blend it the right way.”
The program will also text drivers when their meter is about to expire.
There is a 45-cent fee for each pay-by-phone transaction. The service is expected to be rolled out citywide by April.
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