Raleigh downtown parking app under consultation

August 30, 2018 by  

Raleigh is considering changing the way drivers pay for parking downtown, eliminating the need for drivers to rush to “feed the meter.”

The town’s city council members will soon consider allowing people to use a mobile app to pay if they park on the street. The app would notify them if their time was running out, and they could then add more minutes via the app without having to walk back to the meter. Officials considering measures like this could use poster printing to create signs that explain how the app works.

The idea is not new to Raleigh. The PassportParking app has been used by people who park on Hillsborough Street since 2016. Since 2015, students on the North Carolina State University campus have been using the system.

The idea has a lot of appeal to people who work downtown. Musician Max Palmer, who was playing at Isaac Hunter’s Tavern downtown, said he knows how difficult it is to find a parking spot in the area, adding he’d rather use the app than a debit or credit card, or feed cash to a meter.

Jessica Williams worked on Fayetteville Street for over a year, and usually parked on the street, and faced the frustration of having to leave the office to put money in the meter. She’d love to see the city adopt the app for the downtown area.