College Park One Step Closer to Mobile Parking

MobileNOW! Parking App

The City’s current pay to park metered system does not provide a pay-by-cell service. Such service is available as an additional means of payment, as a convenience to pay parking customers.

City staff has researched the possibility of providing pay-by-cell service as part of the pay by space/pay station system. There are multiple vendors who can provide such service. Staff has explored the available services (including the one used by UMD). Factors considered included compatibility with our existing system, and cost, both to the City and to our customers.

The vendor, Mobile NOW! LLC, had previously presented to Mayor and Council at the Feb 21, 2012 worrksession. Their system is compatible with both the hardware and software currently in use by the City. They have also partnered with the City’s pay station vendor, Metric Parking, to allow for pay-by-cell on the pay by space/pay station system, and may provide for the same services for the single space mechanical meters that are still located in some areas if requested by the City. This service is offered at no cost to the City. Cost to customers will vary from $0.35 per transaction for occasional users, or $1.50 – $2.50 per month for a regular user subscription.

This vendor will present again at next Tuesday’s work session for the benefit of new Council Members. If the Council agrees, City will sign a contract with Mobile!NOW LLC to provide pay-by-cell service for City pay parking customers.

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