Santa Fe launches app to pay, monitor parking meters by phone

New Mexico News

When you park your car at the meter, it’s often hard to keep track of how much time you have left. Now, the city of Santa Fe is trying to fix that. The city explains how you can pay and monitor your meter.

Using a parking meter and making sure you put enough money in, is like a race against the clock. You don’t know how much to pay for before time’s up.

Now, Santa Fe is hoping to ease those worries with a free app called “Parkmobile.”

“You can pay for your parking, it will alert you if your parking meter is running out of money, it will let you refill the parking meter without going back to it just by using your smart phone,” said Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber.

With the app, drivers can find open parking meters, select their meter and pay with their phone.

“I think it’s a good idea because I’ve done it in other cities,” said local Nicholas Seeds.

People KRQE News 13 spoke with said the app is peace of mind.

“Well it would be handy,” said Santa Fe visitor Roger Schroeder. “Wouldn’t have to worry about a ticket.”

KRQE News 13 caught up with Seeds who was rushing to check his parking meter. Thankfully, he made it to his car back in time, but he said using the app won’t make him feel rushed.

“It makes life a lot easier than running two, three blocks from the plaza, back to the post office to pay a meter,” said Seeds.

If you don’t want to download or use the app, that’s okay. The parking meters will still accept coins and cards — but the mayor hopes locals and visitors put the app to use.

“It will be simple, easy, again it makes the user experience of shopping or coming downtown or the railyard to eat or for entertainment faster, easier, cheaper and better,” the mayor said.

The city launched the app last week and already hundreds of people have already used it. For now, the app only works on meters at the railyard and around the plaza.

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