No coins? No problem. ParkMobile app comes to Jacksonville
No more fishing quarters out of your cupholder.
The city of Jacksonville announced Monday that it has partnered with mobile parking app company ParkMobile to provide contactless payment and monitoring services for street parking Downtown.
Now through the ParkMobile app on a smartphone or a mobile web browser, Jacksonville motorists can pay online, receive messages when their parking is about to run out, and re-up their time on the go.
The service is available at any metered Downtown parking space, as long as there is a ParkMobile decal.
While the service became active immediately after Monday's announcement, the city is still adding spaces to the network. According to a news release from the city, all 1,420 Downtown parking spaces will have ParkMobile functionality by the end of the week.
"As we continue to see unprecedented growth and development in Downtown Jacksonville, there is a notable need for convenient parking," Mayor Lenny Curry said in the release. "We are excited about our partnership with ParkMobile as it will make it easier for residents and visitors to frequent this portion of our city."
ParkMobile says Florida is one of its most popular states with almost 5 million users. The app is widely available in Orlando, Tampa Bay and South Florida.
The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and a user's vehicles and payment methods can be saved in the app. To pay for parking, a user enters the zone number posted on signs around the parking spot, selects the amount of time needed and touches the "Start Parking" button to begin the session.
Although contactless parking is a new option in Downtown Jacksonville, it's not replacing traditional methods. Cards and coin will still be accepted at parking meters.