Hoboken residents and commuters alike now have the option to use Parkmobile, which allows drivers to pay for their parking meter with their debit or credit card, or even PayPal, instead of having to physically put money in the meter after two hours or less.
The app is compatible with iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones and has a 35 cent surcharge per transaction.
Additionally, the first 1,000 customers to use the app this month can receive two hours of free parking by using the code 2FREEHOB.
Those without smart phones can still take advantage of the Parkmobile system by calling 1-877-PARK304.
After a short press conference in front of City Hall this morning, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Charley DeBow, the Parkmobile vice president of sales for the northeast region, explained why this app is a great fit for Hoboken.
“The great thing, that I think is really terrific about the app, is that you’ll be able to receive a notification when your parking is coming due,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, noting that Parkmobile is very convenient when eating at a restaurant.
“I think it just adds to the convenience of Hoboken residents, we’re just trying to make it easier for everyone to have all kinds of options to pay for their parking.”
DeBow, who stated that Parkmobile actually started as a 1-800 number in Europe back in 1999 before coming to the states as a phone app a decade later, said that making paying for parking as easy as possible is Parkmobile’s one and only priority.
“This is all that we do, so all we do is focus on making our app the most convenient and most efficient way to pay for parking in the United States.”
Parkmobile is already utilized in various parts of New York and New Jersey, including the neighboring municipalities of Union City and West New York.
To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking.
After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Signage on parking meters will indicate the zone number, which in Hoboken range from 4710 to 4722.
Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device.
Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders prior to expiration of their parking session.
Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.