The city of San Mateo launches PayByPhone on July 1st at the Workers’ Resource Center parking lot and Kinko’s lot in Downtown San Mateo. 

Both parking lots are located east of the railroad tracks along Claremont Street at 4th and 5th Avenues. The two lots will pilot this alternative payment method before becoming fully available throughout the entire downtown by the end of 2016.

“We’re excited to bring the convenience of PayByPhone parking to the City of San Mateo,” says Kush Parikh, President, and CEO of PayByPhone. “It’s another great milestone for PayByPhone as we help to connect more cities to a broader community, allowing users to seamlessly pay for parking at all of our locations.”

The implementation of PayByPhone at these lots also means the end of free parking. On July 1st the city will begin charging $.25 per hour, and the only payment option is to use the PayByPhone app or toll-free number, 1 (866)234-7275. Council adopted the new parking rate last spring when the new fee structure for downtown parking was approved.

"The minimal rate was adopted by Council so that our downtown employees would not be adversely impacted,” stated Maureen Freschet, San Mateo City Councilmember. “All of the parking revenues are reinvested into maintenance to keep our downtown clean and attractive."

PayByPhone technology will roll-out to downtown garages by the end of summer and its availability for on-street parking will follow. By the end of the calendar year, customers parking anywhere in downtown San Mateo will be able to use the PayByPhone app or the toll-free number to pay for parking.