November 14, 2017 07:50 PM
Feeding the meter. It's a chore that some of us forget, and then comes the dreaded parking ticket. But running outside and plugging the meter could become a thing of the past. Because now there's an app for that.
The city of Duluth and UMD partnered together to launch Park Duluth. It's an app you download on your smart phone, and customize with your vehicle information. Then, you look at the important zone and space numbers at your meter or parking space, and plug those in. You pick how long you want to pay for, and you're off! Plus, you can set reminders about when your time is up, and extend the time, right from the app.
"I'm not someone who always has quarters, so I'm excited about the convenience this offers," Mayor Emily Larson said on Tuesday. There are a few spots in front of city hall that have the numbers and signs up already.
The city will be rolling them out over the next few weeks to the 1600 meters they maintain. You can also use it if you park in a city-run lot. But the app is live now, and has been in use for about a week at UMD.
"I'm really happy to say, without a lot of publicity, we have over 240 downloads of the app and on campus, just shy of 300 transactions," said Patrick Keenan, Director of Student Life Operations. "We really do expect to see fewer parking tickets because of this."
UMD is offering free parking for two hours for the first 1000 users. Just put 'UMD PARK' in the validation code area of the process.
Plus, the city announced another parking update on Tuesday. From now until the reconstruction of Superior Street is complete, 7 ramps in the downtown area are offering 'First Hour Free.' So if you come downtown and park in one of those ramps and stay less than an hour, it's free! Those include: 4th Avenue Auto Park, Duluth Transportation Center, US Bank Ramp, Medical District Ramp, Hart District Ramp, Tech Village Ramp, and the Civic Center Ramp.
"We want to make sure it's super easy to get into a ramp. Because you're not going to be able to park right in front of stores during the reconstruction.So we see this 'First Hour Free' opportunity as being a real win-win," said Kristi Stokes, the president of the Greater Downtown Council.
And don't worry. If you still love using quarters at the meters, you can continue to do so.
Updated: November 14, 2017 07:50 PM
Created: November 14, 2017 03:25 PM
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