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NYC launches app allowing drivers to pay metered parking on smartphone

Dec. 19, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

Drivers will soon be able to park on the street without worrying about having to pay at the meter.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning a new initiative that would allow customers to pay for on street parking directly from a smartphone app. The new program, called ParkNYC, will begin its roll out this month in certain parts of the city, and will be at all 85,000 DOT parking spots throughout the city by next summer.

A DOT spokesperson would not specify when exactly the program would come to Queens, but said, “The specific rollout of the phasing is still being determined, but we are on an aggressive timetable to get this into all five boroughs.”

Under the new program, block-specific parking rates and time limits will remain the same, but will offer users an alternative method to meters to pay for parking.

“Parking in New York City can be a challenge, but ParkNYC will make it just a bit easier,” de Blasio said. “With no paper receipt and the ability to quickly get on your way, this new pay-by-cell tool fulfills our commitment – made in this year’s State of the City address – that we would help save New Yorkers the most precious of resources: their time.”

The app went live on Friday, and can be downloaded for free on any smartphone. Users can register an account with their license plate number, and then reload the account with money in increments of $25 or more.

When parking, users can enter a unique block code in to the app to confirm where they are parked and pay through the program.

“ParkNYC is a major customer service win,” said NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan. “Technology is providing the public with an excellent alternative payment option, and in my opinion a more convenient option, to ease their busy days. In the old days you usually needed a bunch of quarters and you had to watch the meter. Now all you need is ParkNYC and your mobile device.”

One of the primary benefits of the app is it allows users to extend their parking time without returning to the car, though DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg noted that the DOT would still have meters on the street accepting cash and credit cards for those who do not wish to use the app.

The process for using ParkNYC is very simple:

  1. Downloadthe ParkNYC app or go to to register an account.
  2. Enter personal informationincluding phone number and email; create a password.
  3. Provide a license plate numberfor the account and set alert/notification preferences.
  4. Load your wallet. A ParkNYC wallet works like EZPass, and can be reloaded in increments as low as $25. Once registered, drivers may use the mobile app, internet or a toll-free number to pay for parking.
  5. Park. After parking, enter the unique zone number for block and length of time. After confirmation, the driver is set!
  6. Extend. If time is running out and maximum time has not already been reached, parking time can be extended without returning to the car.

For more information or to create and account, visit

(Daily News)

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I’m happy about this. I am willing to put $25 in an account and refill as necessary, and then not have to worry about running out to the meter.

This type of parking pay system has worked well for me in Newark, and I expect it to work here.


So now there is going to be no parking available anywhere. Maspeth people are going to park in 2 hour zones, take the 7 train to the city, and reload every 2 hours. So if I want to park for 15 minutes and go into a local business, forget about it. The zones are 2 hours for a reason. Don’t allow remote reloading.

Bill Clinton

They’re be glitches and you will get a parking ticket, plus like EZ pass, they will raise rates and you won’t notice. Top up in $25 increments ??

No thanks, I’m not looking to give no interest loans to DeBlasio.


$25 or more in the account. No thanks, ill pay as i go. Pretty soon they will make you get an account like they’re doing with ez pass. . That way they have your $25 in an account so they can collect intrest on the money. 25 cents, or 25 dollars. I guess it works. We are being held hostage


Your probably in the bar, or drinking and go bar hopping. It just gives you more time to drink. You really want to stretch that quarter, huh?



Can I move my vehicle to another area if the parking rate is the same?

No. You must start a new parking session using the new zone number.


ok so you are in a 2 hour zone and im at the dentist office in pain can i just add another 2 hours by phone till im finished??

if i move to another space will i lose the time? then a paper ticket is a far better way…..i usually pay for 2 hours then do something on the south side then go over to the north side and wind up back at the ctown


Thee is no way anyone should give all that information to the city. Only idiots will use it. We are being eaten alive by government as it tell us how easy they are making our lives. Government is serving itself, not people.

The coin of the realm is anonymous. That should be enough for the government. They don’t deserve to know what free people are up to every minute of the day.

Oil, beef, hooked

Orwell was an optimist. Pretty soon you’ll have to give your personal info to buy a metro card.


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