The city of Colorado Springs will begin parking enforcement at 2,400 metered parking spaces on June 1, but people who park in one of those spaces will be able to use a new touchless system to pay parking fees.
The city’s Parking Enterprise has partnered with ParkMobile to provide contactless payments via a mobile app at metered parking spaces throughout the city.
“We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our residents and visitors,” Parking Enterprise Director Scott Lee said in a news release. “A mobile app for parking payments reduces the need for people to touch the meters and potentially spread germs.”
The ParkMobile App is a free download available for iPhone and Android. To pay for parking with the app, users will enter the zone number posted on stickers and signs that will be posted around the meter, select the amount of time needed and touch the “Start Parking” button to begin the session.
Users can extend the time of the parking session on their mobile devices without having to go back to the meter, and will still have the option to pay by card or coin at the meters.
ParkMobile stickers and signs will be installed this week in downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City. The app will go live June 1.
“As businesses reopen downtown, metered parking spots are in demand again,” said Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership. “For a few years, Downtown Partnership has advocated for innovative, touch-free technology that allows shoppers and diners the convenience of paying and extending parking times remotely. This is a great convenience for Downtown patrons.”
Later this year, the ParkMobile app will introduce an innovative new feature that will show where available parking spots are in the city based on real-time sensor data.
This will help drivers avoid areas with no available parking and navigate directly to the streets with open spots, saving time and frustration while reducing congestion.
The ParkMobile is currently in use by more than 650,000 people in Boulder, Winter Park, Telluride, Manitou Springs, Steamboat Springs, the University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses. It’s also available in more than 400 other U.S. cities.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Colorado Springs,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We have a large and growing base of users in Colorado that can now avoid touching the meter and use the app to pay for parking wherever they go in the state.”
For information about parking rates, visit coloradosprings.gov/parking-system-enterprise.