Metro Debuts Pilot Program For Mobile Payment Method

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Metro is debuting a new method of payment Monday that will allow you to pay for parking with your mobile device.

Metro says starting Monday, customers at Rockville and Fort Totten stationns will be able to pay for metered parking using their mobile phones using Parkmobile, a new pay-by-phone parking system.

Parkmobile will only be available at Rockville’s metered lot and Kiss & Ride, and Fort Totten’s Kiss & Ride, as a new pilot program.

Metro says the Parkmobile pilot program will serve to gauge customer interest and satisfaction with the innovation over the next several months.

Parkmobile is the same mobile app available in the District at roughly 17,000 street-metered parking spaces. The app is available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry, requires you to register your credit card information  with an online account on its website. Once registered, a customer can pull into an available space, look for the decal on the meter of the corresponding space which displays a “zone” and meter number, then plug that information into the mobile app.

Once the zone and meter number are selected, the Parkmobile app then prompts you to select the amount of time you wish to purchase with your already-registered credit card. The time purchased will then be charged to your credit card and reflected on the parking meter.

Parkmobile users have the option to receive confirmation emails or text messages with each transaction, as well as notifications of when their parking session is about to expire.

The smart phone app charges a 32-cent convenience fee per transaction.

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