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D.C. picks ParkMobile for pay-by-phone parking

Friday - 6/3/2011, 10:32am  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - D.C. selected ParkMobile as the provider for its pay-by-phone parking meter system, starting in July.

A competitor involved in a pilot program, Verrus, stopped providing service in the District Thursday afternoon.

You will still be able to use your bank card at about 1,7000 meters. For the other 15,000 meters you can continue to use change, or pay-by-phone.

"Most people have a cellular phone with them and once you've signed up it's very easy to pay for parking using your phone or even using a mobile app," says D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle.

There is a catch to the pay-by-phone system. You will be charged an additional 30 to 35 cents per transaction. That money goes to ParkMobile, making the system free for the city, which will not have to buy any new meters. Click here to download ParkMobile's app.

If you sign up for pay-by-phone, it will be charged to your credit or bank card with no receipt.

ParkMobile already provides park by phone service in the following areas: Foggy Bottom, Georgetown Hospital and around Nationals Park. Lisle can not give a specific date that the citywide service will start.

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