Downtown Parking Made Easier

July 12, 2018 08:31 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Parking downtown can be a real struggle for people. So would an app that tells you where to go and lets you add money to make things easier?

“It would save me so much time if I could just look on the app and find parking right away I’d be able to come to work a little later it would be so helpful,” said Marie Morem, who works downtown.


And now you can do that, with park mobile.

“People can actually add time to the meter remotely. So if they’re not at the meter if they find it’s running down on time and they’d like to extend their stay a little bit, they can add right from their phone if they’re sitting in a restaurant,” said Nick Lemmer with the City of Rochester.

No more scrambling to find another quarter for the meter.

“Convenient parking means a vibrant downtown, and Park Mobile is a convenient alternative because people don’t have to carry around quarters to plug in the meter when they’re looking for a place to park,” Nick said.

This will help users save a little bit more money.

“I think the first Thursday I drove I think I ended up paying $30 for parking that day just because I had to move my car multiple times so for the second couple of times I decided to take an Uber instead because I knew parking was very limited,” Marie said.

Some people have avoided driving downtown altogether.

“I used to drive and then I had to leave work to pay my meter a few times and then I just thought it would be easier for my mom to come and drop me off,” said Logan Haskins, who also works downtown.

The new app is all about making parking – and paying – easier

“This is just a convenient way for people to do that. It allows them to do the right thing in a much more easy way,” Nick said.

When you pay on the app, it might not show up right away on the meter right away, but it notifies enforcement offers that you’ve paid so you won’t get ticketed. 


Alice Keefe

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