Toledo parkers can now pay by smartphone

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by AP

Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Put the quarters away. People parking at downtown Toledo meters can now pay by making a phone call or scanning a code with their smartphones.

The 955 downtown parking meters in the city will now display a sticker with a phone number and a code to connect with a contractor handling pay-by-phone transactions. Users will also be able to scan a QR code on the meters that will open to a website to take credit-card payments.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/16acKaj) reports that city officials expect it will benefit people whose downtown business or errands last longer than their parking time and want to avoid $10 parking tickets.

There is a 35-cent fee for the phone transactions, on top of the parking charges.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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