Portland to test pay-by-phone parking


Drivers in Portland’s Pearl District will get to test parking that bypasses meters and uses a pay-by-phone method instead.

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Drivers in Portland’s Pearl District will get to test parking that bypasses meters and uses a pay-by-phone method instead.

Instead, a few taps on a cell phone will authorize a credit card payment of the meter rate — plus a 35-cent fee. And if your time is running out while you sit in a meeting or finish some shopping? Just pull out your phone and, for another 35 cents, add more. 

The 3-year-old system, by Atlanta company Parkmobile, is already running in about 100 U.S. jurisdictions. Parkmobile will offer it in the Pearl for 90 days. If it catches on — as it did in Washington, D.C., this summer — the program could expand to other parts of Portland.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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