Smart-phone app will make paying to park a breeze

Seattle residents who forget to carry spare change will soon have a high-tech option for paying for metered parking spaces, Government Technology reports.

Starting in mid-2012, the city will offer the option of using cell phones to pay for time at parking meters. Once they download an app, drivers will be able to enter their names, addresses, license numbers and payment information, which would be stored for future use.

Drivers would then use their mobile devices to pay for parking by entering a four-digit code corresponding to the city block where they parked. The app will also send out an alert when time on the space is about to expire.

The app itself is free, Government Technology reports, but it will add a 25-35 cent "convenience fee" to the cost of parking. It's still unclear whether the city or citizens themselves will pay this fee.

Seattle has not yet chosen a vendor for the project.

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