City Announces Expansion of ParkChicago App

Apps available for both Android and iOS devices have been downloaded about 3,500 times

The capability to pay for Chicago's parking meter via cell phone -- a technology city officials began testing earlier this spring -- is rolling out to the rest of the city's 36,000 parking meters.

So far about 1,600 commuters have used the ParkChicago app during a nearly month-long test in Chicago's West Loop. Others presumably are waiting to use the technology; the app has been downloaded about 3,500 times, city officials said.

With the app, commuters don't have to go to a parking meter box to get a white receipt to place on the dashboard. Users pre-load the app with at least $20 to get started and it subtracts the parking fees from the account once a license plate number and parking zone are put in.

The service will also send a text message to the phone about 10 minutes before time runs out on a meter. Additional time can be purchased with just a few taps.

The app is available for both Apple and Android phones.

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