Parking in downtown Montgomery gets easier with help from technology

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- The City of Montgomery is getting help from technology to make finding a parking spot downtown and paying for it easier.

According to the city, a new partnership with ParkMobile will let motorists trade the hassle of finding a parking space and using a meter for the convenience of paying for parking from nearly any mobile device.

City officials say the ParkMobile app is available for more than 1,700 metered parking spaces in Montgomery and comes at no cost to the city.

ParkMobile says to find an available space, motorists will simply enter their zone number using the app. After selecting an available space, the motorist will enter the zone number posted on the ParkMobile sign, choose the duration of time they will be parking and tap the “start parking” button. ParkMobile will also send an alert when a parking session is about to expire.

“Incorporating ParkMobile’s seamless capabilities into our parking infrastructure not only saves time and hassle, but it is another example of our efforts to bridge the digital to the physical to meet the needs of residents, visitors and businesses alike,” Mayor Todd Strange said. “We are proud to offer yet another smart, sustainable solution that enhances overall quality of life and positions Montgomery for further success and development.”

According to ParkMobile, parking may be paid for through the app or by calling the number included on the signage.

The ParkMobile app is available now for free on both iOS and Android devices. It is already used across Alabama in cities like Birmingham and Mobile.

Read the original version of this article at wsfa.com.