D.C. launching pay-by-phone option for all metered parking

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Capital Land,Liz Farmer

The District Department of Transportation and Parkmobile are starting a new program that will allow drivers to use their cell phones to pay for parking in the city.

The pay-by-phone option will be available at all of the approximately 17,000 on-street metered spaces throughout the District. The service is already available in Foggy Bottom, near Georgetown Hospital and in the Nationals Park neighborhood. DDOT will start adapting meters in June.

Drivers can sign up at www.parkmobile.com, where they can also download a mobile app on their iPhone, Android or BlackBerry. Parkers can use the app, the Internet, or call from their cell phones to pay for parking. The parking transactions appear in real time on the handheld devices used by Parking Enforcement Officers, DDOT said in a news release.

Those who signed up with other pay-by-phone parking services during the pilot period in Dupont Circle, Union Station, downtown K Street, I Street and New York Avenue, will have to create a new account with Parkmobile, which is now the official citywide provider of pay-by-phone service.

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