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Parking Meter App Initially Approved by Minneapolis, Trial Planned For Spring

Just look at those people, lined up waiting to pay for parking like savages

Just look at those people, lined up waiting to pay for parking like savages

Yesterday a Minneapolis City Council committee raised no objections to using a new app to pay for street parking in Minneapolis, paving the way for a trial run involving about 500 of the city's 7,500 metered parking spaces later this spring.

If the trial run goes well, by the time summer's over people in Minneapolis will no longer have to deal with the city's mildly irritating rectangular payment boxes.

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The app is called Parkmobile, and it's already used by more than 650 cities, colleges, and private operators in 38 states, according to a company spokesperson. In Minneapolis there are already three private lots using it.

The rectangular pay boxes aren't going anywhere, for people who can't figure out apps or don't own a smartphone.

The added convenience of being able to pay for parking from your phone comes with a price, however. A fee between 10 and 25 cents per transaction will be tacked on to the price of parking for users of the Parkmobile app.

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The full City Council still has to approve the three-year contract with Parkmobile at its meeting next Friday.

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