Parking in downtown Burlington has never been easier. Beginning November 27th, downtown parkers will now be able to pay for any on-street parking meeting with their cell phone using Parkmobile.
One of the main parking requests in Burlington has been to have more ways to pay. “Few people carry coins these days and while the city has installed nearly 300 credit-card accepting smart meters in the downtown core, 75% of the City’s meters still only accept coins. Offering pay by phone options for all meters is a major step in making the parking experience more convenient,” said Kelly Devine, Executive Director of the BBA.
How do you use Parkmobile? Just download the Parkmobile app, enter the zone number shown on the meter, and enter your desired length of stay. You can also opt-in to receive a notification 15 minutes before your meter is about it expire.
Need to add more time to your meter? With Parkmobile, you will now be able to pay your meter from the restaurant, your office, or while shopping on Church Street.
Burlington has partnered with Parkmobile (www.Parkmobile.com) for a one year trial to demonstrate the technology. In order to have all 1,200 meters with the instructional stickers on them by the November 27th launch date, stickers with mobile payment information will start appearing on meters in mid-November. The City will use the information and feedback gained during the pilot period to determine its long range plan for mobile payments implementation. Much of the cost of this service will be covered by a $0.35 convenience fee that the user will pay for each transaction. The University of Vermont is also partnering with Parkmobile to offer the service at their meters which will launch later this year.
“The mobile payments service is another important step in modernizing and improving the experience of parking in the City,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger in a press release. “Vermonters should know this holiday season that visiting downtown Burlington has never been easier.”
More information on Parkmobile can be found on their website.