Pay-By-Phone Parking Meters Rolled Out In DC

April 20, 2010

12:25 am

Parking Meters

Parquímetro photo by Daniel Lobo

How many times do encounter a parking meter with no change to pay for it? Digging for change under floor mats and in the crevices of your car can sometimes yield healthy returns but if you are like me you usually end up headed to a local business to break a few dollars in change. Or worse, you chance it and end up getting a parking ticket. Today in to lessen this change hunting burden in Washington, D.C. the city rolled out a new pilot program that will enable motorists to pay for parking meters via their mobile phones.

The service is powered by Verrus Mobile Payment, a Vancouver based company, will allow drivers to pay by mobile device in three areas: Dupont Circle, Union Station and downtown on K Street, I Street and New York Avenue NW. It will allow motorists to link a credit card and a mobile phone number via the online paybyphone.com website.  To pay for a parking spots users can simply call the phone number specified on a parking meter, enter a location number and the amount of time needed for the spot. The system can send text messages to remind users when meter is about to run out or enabling users to add additional time needed to the meter.

Check out this quick video by PolicyBlogTV (below).

The mobile payment revolution has begun and this pay-by-phone system is a welcome technological adoption by the Washington, D.C. government. It’s worth noting, a number of other cities which include Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Ann Arbor have already adopted similar services.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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