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Pay-By-Phone Parking Coming To Somerville

Boston will now offer pay-by-phone services for metered parking spots in some areas. Eventually, the new technology will be implemented in all of the city's meters. (Jp Gary via Flickr)
Boston will now offer pay-by-phone services for metered parking spots in some areas. Eventually, the new technology will be implemented in all of the city's meters. (Jp Gary via Flickr)
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It's a special kind of frustration: you nab a coveted on-street parking spot only to realize you don't have any quarters to feed the meter. And then there's the frantic search for a shop nearby willing to break a dollar bill.

Well, Somerville is set to make that nightmare history.

In a statement released Friday, the city says it is partnering with Parkmobile to offer pay-by-phone parking at every metered space beginning the week of Nov. 24.

While the technology isn’t new — drivers in cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. have been feeding the meter with their phones for years — Somerville says it’s the first city in the Greater Boston area to offer the service. (The city of Boston is reportedly working on its own pay-by-phone parking app.)

“This is a huge benefit to residents, visitors and our business community, bringing the convenience of different payment options that’s already available at multi-space and credit card-accepting meters to every meter in the city through Parkmobile," Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said in a statement.

To use the service, drivers must create a Parkmobile account that links to a credit or debit card. Users then enter the meter's ID number via Parkmobile's smartphone app or by calling a toll-free number on any mobile phone. You can also opt for notifications 15 minutes before your meter expires and add time to your meter remotely.

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