NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Have you ever gone to pay for parking in a meter and haven’t had enough change? The City of Northampton is doing something about that.
The city is partnering with the company Parkmobile, which offers an app that you can use to pay for parking.
Starting in September, Northampton will allow customers to use their mobile devices to pay for parking at approximately 1,500 spaces throughout downtown. You’ll be able to use the app when you pay to park in spaces that use the city’s new pay-by-plate kiosks and coin-operated meters.
The Parkmobile app will allow you to extend your parking time on the app without having to go back to the meter. It also lets you know how much time you have left before your parking session expires.
“If you are someone who relies on your phone for quite a bit of information and organization, it’s a very convenient way to pay for parking to avoid getting parking tickets,” Florence resident Amy Levine told 22News.
The system has already seen success in several Massachusetts communities, including Boston, Somerville, Lawrence, and Attleboro. It is also available at UMass Amherst.
The Parkmobile app is a free download on any smartphone.