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 paybyphone.com 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.