Parking app goes live in Northampton

  • Northampton’s parking strategies continue to develop from the old-fashioned meter seen here. Last Thursday was the official rollout day for the Parkmobile app, which enables drivers to use their cellphones to pay for parking. Gazette File Photo

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Published: 9/18/2017 12:22:21 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Those wishing to pay for parking in Northampton using their cellphones can now do so.

Last Thursday was the official rollout day for the Parkmobile app in Northampton.

The app is available at the App Store, Google Play, the Windows Store and at www.parkmobile.com. Once downloaded, it allows users to directly pay for parking. It’s already in use in other cities, including Providence, Rhode Island; Buffalo, New York, and San Francisco. It’s also been rolled out at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is set to come to the town of Amherst soon.

Users can also choose to receive a notification 15 minutes before their parking expires.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said that he took time on Thursday to talk with merchants about the development.

“I’ve actually been out walking around downtown,” he said.

He said that pay-by-app was the latest development in a series of parking reforms, stemming from the parking study that was completed for the city in 2015.

Last year saw downtown parking extended from one to two hours, while the price per-hour went up from 75 cents to $1 downtown. This year has seen the introduction of the pay-by-plate system, which gives patrons the opportunity to pay for parking via credit and debit cards, and the extension of parking to three hours in the Masonic and Armory street lots.

As for future developments, Narkewicz said that long-term planning around increasing the number of parking spaces would be examined.


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