Finding Parking in New York About to Get a Lot Easier

With a new pilot program, New York City is joining the growing list of cities launching apps to connect drivers to public parking spaces. A new app, called PayByPhone, will let drivers find and pay for parking from their phones.
April 11, 2013, 9am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"New York City unveiled an app Tuesday that allows drivers to find available parking spaces and pay for them with smartphones," reports Mara Gay. On Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, "Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the pilot program to test out the technology, which he said would help make streets less congested and modernize the payment process."

"Later this spring, officials said, a second smartphone app will make its debut, giving drivers and the city near-real-time information about the probability of finding a parking space on each block," adds Gay. "The technology is being provided to the city free during the three-month pilot period, but if the pilot is successful, Mr. Bloomberg said the companies that make the apps would share parking revenue with the city."

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Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in The Wall Street Journal
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