Paying for street parking by phone in Philly expanding out of Center City

(Tom MacDonald / WHYY)

(Tom MacDonald / WHYY)

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is expanding the turf where you can pay for a spot with your phone. 

Sue Cornell of the parking authority says after successful testing in Center City they are increasing the coverage of the Meter Up app for parking beginning this week to all spaces covered by parking kiosks.

“The further outlying areas like the neighborhoods and where they have single-space meters that’s going to be going on through September,” Cornell said.

The app gives you a reminder before your parking expires, but Cornell says if you want to renew longer than the time limit, you pay a premium.

“If it’s three dollars an hour if you want to pay for two hours, you pay six dollars.  For the second hour, then it triples for the next hour, you would pay nine dollars for that one,” she said.

Cornell says the rule of thumb is wherever you see a Meter Up sign, you can use the app for parking.

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