Somerville Drivers Can Soon Pay for Parking via Parkmobile App

Meters in Somerville will have a sticker and QR code in order for users to pay via the mobile app.
Meters in Somerville will have a sticker and QR code in order for users to pay via the mobile app. –Flickr Creative Commons

Cities vying to become “the next Somerville’’ will now have one more thing to emulate: no more digging for quarters to pay for parking. Somerville will soon be the first local city to allow drivers to pay for public parking space via mobile app.

Beginning the week of Nov. 24, all metered spaces in Somerville will have a number and QR code. Users with the Parkmobile app will enter their payment information, punch in the meter number or scan the QR code, and designate how long they wish to park.

It gets better: an in-app timer shows how much time is remaining on the meter and allows users to pay for additional minutes through the app.

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Here’s the official statement of approval from Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “This is a huge benefit to residents, visitors, and our business community, bringing the convenience of different payment options that’s already available at multi-space and credit card-accepting meters, to every meter in the city through Parkmobile.’’

As for Boston, the word remains “coming soon.’’ The mayor’s office along with the Transportation Department are still working on an app that would let people pay a parking meter virtually, according to Kate Norton, the mayor’s press secretary.

An app called Parker, currently in use in the Innovation District only, shows real-time availability of street parking for 329 spaces, Norton added.

Back in August, the City Council said no to Haystack, an app that lets people bid on vacant parking spaces. There is, however, a mobile app that lets you pay for parking tickets. Priorities, right?

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