The new app will utilize parking spaces in a much more efficient manner, opening up more spots so businesses have more customers
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 16, 2015
Cities across the country are adopting new and innovative technology to keep public services running efficiently. Since the parking meter was first patented in 1928, very little has changed in the parking industry. That is, until now, with the Pittsburgh Parking Authority joining forces with Parkmobile to give public parking a modern, app-friendly facelift.
At more than 9,000 parking spaces across the city, Pittsburgh residents can easily pay for their spot via the app, ‘Go Mobile PGH.’ The idea behind the app is simple – parkers can now effortlessly pay for parking without having to carry around loose change and check when their meter expires, all from their smartphones.. Additionally, with a few clicks in the app, users can extend their parking session without leaving dinner early or missing the end of a movie.
The app has so far been met with widespread praise, logging more than 1,000 users in the first 24 hours of launch. In addition to the app’s simple-to-use payment system, the most popular feature has been mobile updates that alert users when 15 minutes remain on the meter.
To use the app, drivers in the Pittsburgh area can download the app at GoMobilePittsburgh.com or in the phone’s app store. . Once the download is complete, it takes less than two minutes to create an account and submit payment information. Users simply enter the specific Parkmobile “zone number” that is displayed on the parking meters, and upload the desired amount of time for the meter, creating a hassle-free user experience.
Parking officials maintain that existing forms of payment like credit cards and cash are still accepted in meters around the city. In addition, users without smartphones can call the toll-free Parkmobile telephone number at 1-877-727-5281 to pay for parking.
What does the Pittsburgh Parking Authority think of the new app? According to Executive Director David G. Onorato, the app “represents a logical next step in the Authority’s plan to evaluate advancements as they occur across the industry, as well as implement those that improve our operating efficiency and/or increase the convenience quotient of our patrons’ parking experience.”
Parkmobile is proud to expand its services to the Pittsburgh community, joining more than 1,400 other locations across the US that support the mobile parking service. The preparation and coordination behind a city-wide parking plan is immense, but CEO Jon Ziglar affirms that “Parkmobile and Pittsburgh Parking Authority worked very hard to get the program up and running in less than 60 days.”
Pittsburgh Mayor, Bill Peduto, has also extended his support in favor of the Go Mobile PGH app. At a recent press conference, Peduto said that the new app “will utilize parking spaces in a much more efficient manner, opening up more spots so businesses have more customers.”
The app also allows city officials to monitor which areas of town receive the most demand in terms of parking. City planning and improvement efforts can now be best tailored to the areas of town that are busiest, giving the city another cost-effective way to improve the services they offer to Pittsburgh residents.
Throughout the first week of the launch in early November, Parkmobile ambassadors were present at locations throughout the city to help parkers take advantage of the new system. The app has also partnered with Visa Checkout to offer $5.00 off parking payments for the first 5,000 users that make a payment with the Visa service.
For more information about Parkmobile, download the Go Mobile PGH app or simply pull into a Pittsburgh parking space near you.