Motorists who need to feed the meter in Minneapolis can now do so with using their smartphones.
A pay-by-phone app that has been piloted in the North Loop neighborhood near Target Field over the past few months expands citywide Monday, city officials said.
The MPLS Parking App can be downloaded free from the Apple Store, Google Play and the city's website. It is simple to use. A driver simply signs in, plugs in the space number and the amount of time needed and enters a payment method.
Users of the app will pay 15 cents per transaction and 99 cents a month if they have signed up to be a member. Nonmembers will pay 25 cents per transaction.
For parkers who fear they've stayed longer than their time, the app can send an e-mail notice when a meter is about to expire, allowing the driver to add more time remotely. Drivers can also get receipts to help keep track of parking expenses or submit them to their employer for reimbursement.
The current meters that allow drivers to pay cash or credit cards will remain in place.