Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if anyone in PoPville has used the new pay by phone parking meters and can share whether the system works reliably or not? I have seen the DDoT press releases and some meters near my work with a green sign touting the ParkMobile smartphone app. But when I went to download the Android app, the reviews were mixed to bad, saying it was unreliable and people still got tickets.

At least the credit card multi-space meters give you a paper receipt. With ParkMobile, the fact that you’ve paid is supposed to be communicated to parking enforcement’s device, but it’s unclear to me how I would fight a ticket if there was a glitch or if the parking enforcement people claim I hadn’t paid. It would be really convenient to pay by phone, but I’m reluctant to create another online account linked to my credit card unless I know it’s going to work and be useful to me.”

Last we spoke about pay by phone parking options in Dupont there were mixed responses. Anyone use the system recently?


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