County Contracts with Second Vendor to Provide Mobile Parking Payments
People parking in county garages or on streets can pay through Parkmobile app, which is used in D.C.
Montgomery County has signed a contract with a second parking app that is used in Washington, D.C., to give people paying for parking in county garages or along streets another option to pay electronically.
The new app, Parkmobile, will be phased in. In six months, customers can use it to pay for parking at all of the county’s parking garages, as well as many on-street meters. In the Bethesda garages, customers can use Parkmobile by the end of this week, according to the county.
Since 2009, the county has used the MobileNow! app to let customers pay for parking. People can continue to use that app, as well, in the county.
Al Roshdieh, the county’s transportation department director, said adding Parkmobile will give parking customers greater flexibility in payments.
“Adding the option of using Parkmobile, which is the same app used by Washington, D.C., could provide greater convenience for those who park frequently in the District,” Roshdieh said in a statement.
The Parkmobile app, like MobileNow!, enables customers to pre-fill an online “wallet” with money to pay for parking or attach a credit card to their account to pay for each transaction.
Parkmobile users who use the wallet option are charged a 25-cent transaction fee, while credit card pay-as-you-go customers are charged 45 cents per transaction, according to the county.
Esther Bowring, a spokeswoman for the transportation department, wrote in an email that there was no cost to the county to contract with Parkmobile and the company will generate revenue through the fees. She said all parking meter hourly revenue goes to the county.
Jon Ziglar, the CEO of Parkmobile, said in a statement that the app has more than seven million users. The county has about 12,000 parking spaces.