What to Know
- MeterUP allows users to pay for parking along Philadelphia streets with their smartphones.
- The relaunch of the app comes eight months after the PPA got rid of its previous mobile payment provider.
- Users must download the new version of the app and use specific code numbers to pay for parking.
Parking in Philadelphia? There's an app for that, again.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority relaunched a pilot MeterUP program Monday, about eight months after the PPA impounded an earlier version of the app that allows people to pay for parking without even needing to go to their car.
The plan is to expand the new version of the app, run by Parkmobile, citywide within the next four months.
"After the success of the initial pilot program, we are delighted to offer this very popular and convenient pay-by-phone option to the parking public," PPA executive director Clarena Tolson said. "Our customers will now have the convenience of remotely paying or adding time for parking."
The PPA suspended its original MeterUP system after then operator Pango ran into financial troubles in April. The initial app was launched in November 2015. It was heavily-promoted on PPA property with signs and stickers for the app posted on parking kiosks and parking signs.
Users must download the new Parkmobile version of the app (the old version no longer works) to start paying when parked in clearly marked MeterUP zones, the PPA said. App payment will only be available in the specific zone that must be referenced when making a payment.
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"MeterUP uses cutting-edge technology to offer real-time parking solutions on all mobile platforms," Parkmobile CEO Jon Ziglar said. "Now users will have the option to pay and add time to their parking meter remotely from the convenience of their mobile device. Philadelphia is a progressive, fast-paced city with a parking option to match. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Parking Authority to offer these services."
Parkers can download the new MeterUP app for Apple and Android devices now on the PPA website and app stores.
"Our goal is to improve convenience and the overall parking experience in Philadelphia for all of our customers," Tolson said. "We believe MeterUP is a major step in the direction of improving customer service and convenience."
Drivers can still use credit cards for parking payment at the large green kiosks, as well as cash and coins.