Parkmobile, LLC and the City of Athens, OH announced today a program that allows customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at approximately 800 metered spaces throughout Athens. Customers can pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones.
To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device, so customers should not worry if the meter does not change. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.
“The City of Athens is excited to go live with this endeavor. Customers now have the ability to pay for metered parking quickly utilizing their smartphones, which was one of goals for 2015,” said Ron Lucas, Deputy Service-Safety Director for the City of Athens.
“We are excited to partner with City of Athens Parking Authority to offer our mobile payment service,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile, LLC. “Our service makes paying for parking fast and simple, enhancing the customer parking experience. We believe customers will truly appreciate and enjoy the convenience of paying for parking from their smartphones.”
Parkmobile mobile payment solution is an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options. All existing forms of payment (credit and debit cards, coins) are still valid for meter use.