Thursday, March 31, 2011
County Executive Isiah Leggett announced this month that cell phones can be used to pay for parking at 5,250 County parking meters in Bethesda . By summer, the program will be expanded to include meters in Silver Spring , Wheaton , Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda – for a total of 11,000 parking meters.
To use pay-by-cell, first-time patrons register for the program once by going online anytime to www.mc.goparknow.com or calling 301-830-7074. Parkers set up an account and indicate which credit card will be used for the parking charges. The step-by-step instructions are printed on each meter and direct parkers to:
- Use a cell phone to call 301-830-7074.
- Or, send a text message to 32075.
- Follow the phone/text prompts to enter the meter location number (located on the meter decal).
- Select the amount of time desired for parking.
The patron then receives voice and text messages confirming the start of the parking session. A 35-cent transaction fee will be charged in addition to the parking fee.
The new parking system provides many conveniences to parkers. Those who use pay-by-cell will get a text message reminder that their parking time is about to expire. Patrons can extend parking time remotely (as long as the posted maximum parking time is not exceeded) and view transactions online. Parkers can stop a parking session upon returning to a vehicle, so they only pay for the parking time they have used.
In January 2010, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Parking successfully tested a pay-by-cell phone system at 1,250 parking meters in Bethesda . Customer feedback was very positive about the program. Since the pilot began, the 11,500 customers who registered to participate in the program used their cell phone for about 110,000 parking sessions. MobileNOW! LLC is the County’s contractor for the pay-by-cell program.
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