Paying for parking in Morgantown is about to get a little easier.
The Parking Authority has partnered with Parkmobile LLC to give residents and visitors a way to feed the meter from their cell phone.
“In today’s world, everybody uses a smart phone,” said Dana McKenzie, executive director of the Morgantown Parking Authority. “Especially when it’s raining out, snowing out, it makes it really nice. You don’t have to get out of your car to pay for parking and there’s a lot of different features that come along with it as well.”
The city has already begun adding the green stickers to single-space meters and open air parking lots. The app will also work for spaces along High Street, converting approximately 900 parking spaces total.
“It’s just a matter of pulling into the space, putting the zone number in, and setting the time limit,” McKenzie explained. “The beauty of it is it’ll send you a 15 minute alert prior to your time expiring, so it should cut down on citations quite a bit, which is what we’re hoping for.”
Users will also be able to add time to their parking without being at the meter. One app can be registered for up to five vehicles.
Payment for parking garages will not be available on the Parkmobile app.
“We actually put a new gate system in our parking garages this past summer and there’s validation tickets you can get from merchants to pay for your time,” McKenzie said. “More convenience is what we’re shooting for.”
West Virginia University has been using Parkmobile for about a year and McKenzie said the University is pleased with the results.
Although some spaces are already in use, the official kickoff for this pay by phone service is Monday, February 5.