Borough Park

Greenfield predicts success for muni-meter pay app

December 30, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The ParkNYC program will make life a lot easier for drivers who use muni-meters, according to Councilmember David Greenfield. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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Councilmember David Greenfield, who co-sponsored legislation last year to allow the city’s motorists to pay Muni Meter parking fees with their smartphones, hailed a decision made by the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) to adopt an app-based payment system.

The new program, called ParkNYC, allows smartphone users who download the ParkNYC app to pay for all digitally metered parking spaces via their phones. Customers will also be able to refill the meter and extend the length of their stay via the mobile app

The program is only available in parts of Manhattan, but is expected to come to other areas of the city within the next few months.

“Virtually everyone has a smartphone these days,” said Greenfield (Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst). “Allowing drivers to pay for parking and refill the meter by use of a smartphone app was a no-brainer. That’s why I called for it in a law I co-sponsored in 2015. This is going to make driving and parking in our city much more convenient for millions of New Yorkers. Not everyone in New York drives a car, but for the millions who do, ParkNYC is going to make their lives a lot easier.” 

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Greenfield’s 2015 bill, Intro 966-2015, called for allowing customers to pay for parking spaces by mobile app or text message. 

Greenfield also led a fight for legislation allowing drivers to pre-pay Muni Meters, rather than having to return to their cars when metered hours come into effect. 

The de Blasio administration announced the introduction of ParkNYC in December.

Operated by Parkmobile, LLC, a private vendor, ParkNYC allows motorists to remotely pay for parking using an online system that links registered license plate numbers to NYPD traffic enforcement agents’ hand-held devices that confirm payment.

“Parking in New York City can be a challenge, but ParkNYC will make it just a bit easier. With no paper receipt and the ability to quickly get on your way, this new pay-by-cell tool fulfills our commitment, made in this year’s State of the City address, that we would help save New Yorkers the most precious of resources: their time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the time the program was launched.

“With ParkNYC, drivers no longer have to scramble for change or even walk to a Muni Meter to get a receipt for their dashboard,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “With no added fees, mobile alerts that let you know when your parking session is ending and the ability to extend a session without returning to your car, ParkNYC offers a great convenience to New York drivers. We are excited that ParkNYC will be available at every metered parking space in every borough by the end of next summer.”

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