NYC Drivers May Soon Be Able To Pay The Meter Using New App

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — How would you like to feed the meter without going outside?

Hoping to make parking more convenient, the city has issued a request for proposals for a pilot program which would allow drivers to pay Muni-Meters with a credit card using their cell phones.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports: Forget The Quarters

Motorists would first set up an account and then use an app or text message to enter the meter number and specify how much time you need.

The system will also alert motorists when their time is up so they could purchase more and avoid a ticket.

The city hopes to roll out the system at 300 spots by the spring.

Following the pilot program, the Department of Transportation will determine whether to implement the system citywide.

The pay-by-phone system is already in use in Washington and Atlanta.

What do you think of the payment system? Let us know below…

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  1. Idalina says:

    I think this can turn out to be a great idea. I personally come home during the weekdays at around 5 pm and as always all of the parking spots all already filled. If I park in a meter it only allows 1 hour parking and then I would have to drag my kids back out of the house in order to purchase an additional hour, so that I don’t get a ticket. Being able to pay using an iPhone would be a great plus for us working mothers!

  2. Mike says:

    4-08(h)(5) of the New York City Parking rules prohibits purchasing additional time ona muni-meter or placing an additional coin in a meter if such additional time would result in the vehicle’s being parked longer than the time allotted on the sign.

    Is the city trying to encourage people to get a violation for this?

  3. goblin says:

    Just another easy way to shaft drivers with ease. How about no meters?

  4. COIN METERS WHERE R U? says:

    What ever happened to the old coin meters? Bring them back. They were so much simpler and besides they would look so much nicer then these giant confusing muni-meters.

  5. Ferris says:

    If it works and I mean IF it works then it would be a time saver for drivers. But if it doesn’t which majority of programs has glitches, it would be an excuse for the NYC DOT/Police department to impose tickets and fines with a claim no payment was made for the parking. There is no physical evidence that you paid for the parking if the system malfunctions after you made payment. You would have to wait until your next months statement in order to fight the ticket/fine received and that could be a bigger issue.

    1. karlson says:

      Not really – you should be able to access your account at anytime to see the balance of credits and debits. The evidence is a matter of record on your account. If you have an EZ-PASS account, you can log into it 24/7. The same is true of a credit/debit card, assuming you have created on line account access with a username and password.

      BUT, AND HERE IS THE BIG BUT….WAIT UNTIL THE HACKERS HACK INTO THE PARKING METER SOFTWARE GLITCHES AND DUMMY UP PHONEY ACCOUNTS AND PHONEY ACCESS. PEOPLE MAY GET BILLS AND THEY WERE NEVER IN NYC! WELCOME TO THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF INTERNET AND WIRELESS RIP-OFFS!

  6. Patel says:

    Its good idea would like to get in effect and should not carry change everytimr

  7. receipts suck says:

    Would people still have to put those annoying little receipts on their windshields? Because it seems without changing that it doesn’t make much of a difference.

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