Smart parking pulls in to Montgomery
Launch of ParkMobile smart parking system will enable Montgomery residents, visitors to easily pay for parking via mobile devices
With an increase of 400,000 more visitors in 2018 than 2017 and an ever-expanding array of dining, hotel, and entertainment options, parking has become a premium in downtown Montgomery. The City’s new partnership with ParkMobile, the nation’s leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions, will trade the hassle of meters and loose change for the convenience of paying for parking from nearly any mobile device.
“Incorporating ParkMobile’s seamless capabilities into our parking infrastructure not only saves time and hassle, but it is another example of our efforts to bridge the digital to the physical to meet the needs of residents, visitors and businesses alike,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “We are proud to offer yet another smart, sustainable solution that enhances overall quality of life and positions Montgomery for further success and development.”
The ParkMobile app is available for more than 1,700 metered parking spaces around town. Signage posted around the city explains how to pay for parking using the free app available to download for both iOS and Android devices. A user simply enters the zone number posted on the ParkMobile sign, chooses the duration of time and touches the “start parking” button. ParkMobile sends alerts when a parking session is about to expire. Parking may be paid for through the app or by calling the number included on the signage.
“ParkMobile is excited to bring our smart parking solutions to the City of Montgomery,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We have a growing base of users in Alabama, so the more places we are available, the easier it will be to park wherever you travel across the state and bordering states.”
Already available to users across Alabama in cities like Birmingham and Mobile, ParkMobile’s expansion into Montgomery, which comes at no cost to the city, gives people more places where they can use the app across the state. It is also widely available in Alabama’s neighboring states, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
The partnership complements Montgomery’s “Smart City” strategy, in which city officials tap technology to solve everyday issues while increasing efficiency and enhancing overall quality of life in Alabama’s capital city. Recently, Montgomery received several awards for its efforts, including winning the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge grant competition and recognition as one of the nation’s top “Digital Cities” by the Center for Digital Government.
For more information on this program, visit the City of Montgomery website at www.montgomeryal.gov.