Let’s face it – parking is one of the few downsides of living in the City of Brotherly Love. Street parking is a reality for a great number of city residents, and paying for time in those parking spaces is part of the aggravation. Luckily, paying for parking is about to get easier… again. A convenient app that allows Philadelphia drivers to pay for parking on their phones is back following a hiatus of several months. The Philadelphia Parking Authority relaunched a pilot MeterUP program Monday, eight months after the PPA shut the app down.
The big benefit of the MeterUP program is that drivers don’t even need to be near their cars to make a payment, eliminating the need to constantly run down to the curb to feed the meter. Users must download the new Parkmobile version of the app, since the old version no longer works, to begin paying when parked in clearly marked MeterUP zones, the PPA said. MeterUP will only be available in designated zones, although the city plans on expanding the program over the next several months.
“MeterUP uses cutting-edge technology to offer real-time parking solutions on all mobile platforms,” says Parkmobile CEO Jon Ziglar, creator of the app. “Now users will have the option to pay and add time to their parking meter remotely from the convenience of their mobile device. Philadelphia is a progressive, fast-paced city with a parking option to match. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Parking Authority to offer these services.”
PPA executive director Clarena Tolson added that MeterUP would provide a convenient service for Philadelphia drivers, as well as an improvement in their overall parking experience. She says that the service is a move towards better customer service.
Still stuck in the Dark Ages? No worries. Credit cards, cash, and coins will still be accepted at the meter machines.