NYC Testing Meters That Can Be Fed Remotely


A pilot program in the Bronx could potentially allow New York City drivers to feed the parking meter remotely, either through smartphone apps, online or with a phonecall.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the program, which will begin with 264 parking spaces along 18 blocks in the Bronx. Drivers will not need to pay a fee, and will have to sign up for the service with PayByPhone.

After paying through their phone, the program will send a text or email warning when their time is about to expire. They can then reload the slot by phone, up to the posted time limit.

Bloomberg said that sensors embedded in the roadway will allow drivers to view available parking spaces before starting their trips, reducing the time needed to hunt for spaces.

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