The new parking app is online | News

Smartphones can do just about anything these days, including finding and paying for a free parking space. Six weeks ago, the ParkMobile app was implemented throughout the City of Telluride in on-street parking areas and zones. The implementation was a joint effort between the Public Works Department, the Telluride Marshal’s Code Enforcement Team, the Finance Department and the City Manager’s Office. The application will not replace meters but offers another way to pay for parking.

“We are completely separate from the pay station counters themselves. Individuals can continue to go to the payment terminal and pay with coins or with a credit card or with cash or as they have always done in the past,” said Garett Snook, Director of Implementations at ParkMobile.

The application does not apply to land or free two-hour parking spaces in the city. Instead of taping a receipt to his car’s dashboard, users can enter their license plate number into the app so law enforcement can see if the vehicle spot has been paid for or not. .

“We communicate with the handhelds that city enforcement personnel carry to verify when someone has paid,” Snook explained.

If someone creates an account, credit card information and license plate number are saved for that user, allowing quick and easy payment while parking. There is also a guest function, where information is requested each time but not saved.

Although there is a reservation option on the app, the City of Telluride has only implemented hourly zoned parking, Snook explained. The reservation function, he said, can be used for festivals, private grounds, etc.

The application has already been in the city of Mountain Village since November 2016.

“We have more than 450 municipal customers from small towns to big cities across the United States,” said Vice President of Sales Dave Holler.

Holler explained that the process is simple to get the app working in a city.

“We typically engage with the city’s parking department to set up the ParkMobile app with city parking rates and rules. We also have meter signs and decals that are City-approved and set in place wherever ParkMobile will be accepted. These signs help our customers find the area they are in and that ParkMobile is accepted there,” said Holler.

Public Information Officer David Nepsky helped put the stickers on all parking meters in the city. One meter per block is located throughout the Telluride business district. He hopes visitors and locals alike will appreciate “the ease of paying online through the mobile app.”

According to ParkMobile’s website, “one in 13 drivers in the United States has the ParkMobile app on their phone.” Those who visit other cities already with the app and an account set up will find it easy to use in Telluride, as the app can track your location. Snook called the app “in the cloud”.

The app sends a phone notification when time is running out on a “counter”. If necessary, users can add more time if it does not exceed the three hour maximum.

Chief Marshal Josh Comte predicts that the biggest hurdle of the whole effort will be getting people to enjoy and use the ParkMobile app.

“The biggest challenge will just be getting people to download the app and start using it rather than the meter. The meters will still work as usual; it’s just another option to help pay parking,” Comte said.

He hopes the app will make it easier to pay for parking in town.

The app can be downloaded from Google Play for Android or the App Store for iOS. For those who do not wish to download the app, the service is also available on mobile browsers through the website.

Lance B. Holton