Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced the start of two pilot programs allowing motorists to pay parking meter remotely via smartphone apps and to view real-time curbside parking availability within the Belmont Business Improvement District in the Bronx.
The parking payment pilot allows motorists to pay for metered parking via a smartphone app, the internet or by telephone for 264 spaces along 18 block faces, as well as at the Department’s Belmont Municipal Parking Field. This system, the latest in a series of advances to improve the ease and efficiency of parking in New York City, comes with no additional fees for drivers or changes to parking rates, and allows motorists to forego credit card or coin payments at meters as well as the use of paper receipts. The technology also will warn motorists when their time is about to expire via e-mail or text messages, and allow them to pay for additional time easily and quickly, up to the posted time limit. Interested motorists can sign up for the service for free on the PayByPhone website and register their license plate numbers and credit card information on encrypted servers and download the PayByPhone app.
“Today, we’re launching a pilot pay-by-phone parking initiative along 18 metered blocks in the Arthur Avenue Business Improvement District as well as an online parking availability map for the area that motorists or passengers can see on the web and on their smartphones,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “These new initiatives are just the latest examples of our work to bring parking and driving in New York City into the 21st century.”
The app, payment processing and customer service will be provided by PayByPhone, the bidder chosen by the Department of Transportation following a 2011 request for proposals, and the service comes at no taxpayer cost. Pay-by-phone parking technology is expanding rapidly, and PayByPhone is an industry leader that has partnered with cities in the United States and around the world, including San Francisco, Miami, London and Vancouver. The company will also work with the New York Police Department, whose traffic enforcement agents will use handheld scanners to enter license plate numbers, which are instantly cross-checked against a list of all received payments on a given block three times prior to issuing a summons. In the event of a contested ticket, motorists will also be able to retrieve all proofs-of-payment from the iPhone, Android or Blackberry app or website and display receipts for the agent or as part of the ticket adjudication process. Users’ accounts will also retain the meter locations of recent purchases, making the payment process even quicker and easier the more motorists use the system. Additional information on PayByPhone and an instructional video outlining the payment process can be found at paybyphone.com.