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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 04/ 9/2010

D.C. pilots pay-to-park by phone

By Washington Post editors

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; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Mobile phone, Text messaging  
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Someone needs to take "Headline Writing 101". I had to actually start reading the article to determine that "pilots" was a verb.

Posted by: nadie1 | April 9, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Can we actually get some reporting as to how this will work in practice?

If you have one of those individual meters, will it wirelessly add time to it? If you are in one of those print-and-post meter areas, what then?

Also, will this make it more difficult to police people who try to stay in the same space all day despite the 2 hour limit? (I.e., you can sit in your office and keep adding time to the meter.)

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | April 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

will the old quarter-coin meters acknowledge that you paid online?, if not how would the ever eager parking officer know that you already paid and not issue a ticket to your car?????

Posted by: juanjudc | April 9, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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