Visitors to New Hope may soon have the option of paying for parking with their iPhone, Android or other smartphone, according to a presentation by Parkmobile to borough council on Tuesday.
E-ZPass for parking,” said Dennis Marco of Parkmobile, a global company
that has registered more than 3 million users of the technology.
and deployed in Europe in 1999, the company began operations in the
United States in 2009. It now has users in 320 locations in 28 U.S.
states, Marco said.
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download a free app to provide their cell phone, license plate and
credit card numbers to the company. Then, when they pull into a parking
spot, they would key in the parking space number found on a green
sticker on the meter. That would activate the parking session.
company automatically advises users 15 minutes before their parking
time expires and allows them to extend their time, if desired, Marco
“That’s a convenience we don’t charge for,” he said.
“There’s no cost involved to the (public) entity,Our vinyl floor tiles is more stylish than ever!” said Henry Savelli,Find detailed product information for howo tractor
6x4 and other products. a government procurement consultant working
with Parkmobile, “because we charge a 35-cent convenience fee” to users
of the system.
That fee, however, is collected as part of the
parking revenue and Parkmobile would invoice the borough for payment,
which means “we do lose money,” said council President Claire Shaw.
said that some communities have increased the fee to 40 cents or 50
cents, keeping the additional funds as revenue. The system also allows
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noted that the system has been enthusiastically received in locations
such as Boston and Washington, D.C. In Boston,We mainly supply
professional craftspeople with crys talbeads wholesale shamballa Bracele , the number of Parkmobile members increased from 18,817 in March 2011 to 31,299 a year later.
in just one year in Washington, 70 percent of all parking transactions
were conducted via the Parkmobile mobile app, he said. It became
available there in June 2011.
He noted that the system is
voluntary, and that putting quarters into a meter is still an option.
“They don’t have to use it. That’s the beauty of the system,” he said.
Users can also call a phone number to activate the service, if they don’t have a smart phone.
member Edward Duffy said such a system “will help the merchants keep
the visitors in their stores and also the restaurants. I think it’s a
real nice fit.”
Bob Gerenser, a business owner in the borough,
agreed. “This could be an extraordinary convenience,” he said. “It would
take away a lot of the big objections to why (some people) don’t come
to New Hope anymore.”
Parking enforcement officers would use
smartphones to check whether time is remaining for parked cars, Savelli
said. “It would show on the phone which parking spaces and which license
numbers have exceeded their time limits,” he said.
tabled the motion, pending more information on the system, including a
desire to look at the meter stickers and discuss signage.
noted that he will be making a similar presentation to Lambertville,
N.J., in a few days, so there would be synergy on the parking systems
for the neighboring communities should they move ahead with the plan.