Drivers can now pay for parking in NYC using their phone

Cars, taxis and trucks sit in traffic in midtown Manhattan 15 August 2007 during the morning rush hour. The federal government has given New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a postdated check of 354 million USD for his plan to ease city traffic through new tolls if he can win the approval of local lawmakers.The plan if enacted, calls for charging 8 USD to drive a car into Manhattan south of 86th street on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m (1800 GMT) and trucks would pay 21 USD. It would be the first city in the United States to have such a toll. AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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.