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D.C. kicks off pay-to-park by phone

Beginning Monday, some drivers in the District won't have to worry if they have enough change to feed the meter.

The District Department of Transportation is beginning a pilot program that will allow meters to be paid by cellphone. Drivers will be allowed to pay by mobile device in three areas: Dupont Circle, Union Station and downtown on K Street, I Street and New York Avenue NW.

Motorists can sign up Friday at or by calling 1-888-510-PARK (7275). Drivers will need to provide their mobile phone number, license plate and credit card number.

To use, drivers call the toll-free number from their mobile phone; enter the location number posted on the meter or nearby signs; and enter how much parking time they need. The amount will be charged to their credit card.

The service also allows drivers to receive a text message letting them know their time is about to expire. They can also add additional time to the meter by phone.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 9, 2010; 1:38 PM ET
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: meters will be pay-by-phone, pay-by-phone meters, pilot program for pay-by-phone meters  
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"They can also add additional time to the meter by phone."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't meter-feeding supposedly illegal in DC (even though everyone does it)?

Posted by: 1995hoo | April 9, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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