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Pittsburgh extends payment options for smarter parking and convenience

The new apps allow users to pay for parking from their mobile devices, receive text notifications when time is about to expire and extend their parking time.

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Flowbird app offers those living in and visiting Pittsburgh with touchless payment options
Flowbird app offers those living in and visiting Pittsburgh with touchless payment options

The public parking authority of the City of Pittsburgh has introduced two new mobile apps to make it easier for motorists to pay for parking time.

 

The Flowbird mobile app and the Meter Feeder app are being added as touchless payment options by Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA), bringing the total number offered to three.

 

Pay-by-plate

 

According to Flowbird, the city was the first major city in the US to make the change to an on-street “pay-by-plate” parking meter system in 2012 with its smart parking kiosks.

 

The new apps allow users to pay for parking from their mobile devices, receive text notifications when time is about to expire and extend their parking time. The Go Mobile PGH app has been available to drivers since 2016.

 

“It’s all about expanding touchless payment options and giving users more choices,” said David Onorato, executive director of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.

All parking activity information from its pay stations, mobile app, as well as third party mobile apps are aggregated into Flowbird’s back-office system to offer parking authority staff a global view of all parking activity

Flowbird’s app features a map-based user interface, integrated with Waze and other navigation systems to guide users to their preferred parking location. The GPS-enabled map also allows users to select their parking location without manually inputting a zone code.

 

The PPA will benefit from its powerful data hub, Flowbird claims. All parking activity information from its pay stations, mobile app, as well as third party mobile apps are aggregated into Flowbird’s back-office system to offer parking authority staff a global view of all parking activity.

 

The Flowbird system is integrated with the parking authority’s Gtechna citation issuance solution for fast, effective enforcement based on the motorists’ licence plates.

 

The PPA said it will continue to offer payments by credit card or coin at more than 1,000 Flowbird parking kiosks throughout the downtown area for non-app users.

 

The Flowbird app will be available this spring. Promotional stickers, printed and supplied by Flowbird, will be installed on all parking kiosks to inform motorists about the new app and corresponding zone numbers.

 

Flowbird reports its app is available in more than 100 parking locations across the US, and the company’s mobile applications generate some 50 million transactions per year.

 

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