City tests out new parking app

A pilot program in Minneapolis to roll out a new smartphone app lets drivers pay for on-street parking time without going to a meter or pay station. Plans call for the MPLS Parking App to go citywide later this fall, offering a more convenient paying option for people in the city.

The pilot program covers sections of the North Loop and Downtown West neighborhoods north of Target Field. Each parking pay station or meter in the pilot program is labelled with MPLS Parking App information.

The MPLS Parking App is available for free on Google Play and the Apple Store. With the app, drivers can avoid walking to pay stations or single-space parking meters. They just enter their space numbers and payment methods into the app wherever they are. They can also add more time to their parking without having to go back out to the street. There’s a small fee (15 cents or 25 cents per transaction) for using the app.

The MPLS Parking App can be set up to send a warning email or text message when parking is about to expire, and it can also help drivers locate their cars. For people who need to keep track of their parking expenses, the MPLS Parking App has reporting functions as well.

The City offers the MPLS Parking App as an option to people who want the convenience of paying for parking through their smartphones. Drivers don’t have to use the app and can always choose to pay at the meter with credit cards or coins.

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Published Sep 8, 2015

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