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Monday, December 20, 2010

County Expands Area with Pay-By-Cell Phone Parking Meters

In January 2010, Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Parking began a pilot project testing a “pay-by-cell phone” system at 1,200 parking meters in Bethesda, which included Lot 31, Garage 57 and some adjacent streets.

The test was so successful that the MCDOT has begun expanding the system.  Now, more than 2,000 meters in Bethesda are part of the program.  And, this spring, MCDOT will begin further expanding the program to 11,000 parking meters located in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda. Participating meters are identified by a label with the telephone number and website for the contractor, MobileNow, and the meter number.

To use a pay-by-cell meter when parking at a participating meter, call 301-830-7074 with a cell phone and then follow the prompts to enter the meter location number (located on the meter decal) and the amount of parking time desired.  A voice and text message will confirm the start of the parking session. A great feature of the system is the ability to send a warning text message reminder when parking time is about to expire.  If this happens and the parker needs more time, it’s simple to extend the parking session by phone (as long as the maximum parking time is not exceeded).

Other system benefits include no need to carry coins or pay for parking time not used as the parking session stops when returning to the vehicle.  The system is simple and user friendly and parkers can view their parking transactions online. 

There is a $0.35 transaction fee for each parking session.  Use this link to register for a Pay-by-Cell Phone Parking Account.

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