Drivers can now pay for parking in NYC using their phone

Posted at 12:44 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 12:56:10-05

NEW YORK — Paying for street parking in the five boroughs is getting much easier, thanks to a new mobile payment system unveiled by the city this week.

The ParkNYC system — which is accessible on phones (smart or otherwise), desktops, tablets and mobile browsers — will link license plate numbers to traffic agents’ handheld devices, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

There are no added fees, and mobile alerts will let drivers know when their parking session is ending. They can also add time with the app.

Meters will still accept coins and credit or debit cards, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.

The new system has been launched in midtown Manhattan. Officials said it will be available to all 85,000 spots served by parking meters by the summer, and will be operated by a private vendor, Parkmobile LLC.