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Motorists can pay to park using their smartphone in Charleston, WV

Motorists now have another option to pay for parking in some parts of Charleston, WV. 

Starting this week people can use their smartphone to pay for parking at close to 600 parking meters. If the meter is labeled with a green sticker and you've downloaded the Parkmobile app you can click your way through the process. The change comes after a parking study from 2016 which highlighted the need to make it easier to park in Charleston. 

"I thought it was pretty cool. I thought it was pretty techy that you can use your phone to pay for a parking meter," said Steven Hudnall as he was parking at the Municipal Auditorium where all the the meters are ready for the Parkmobile app. 

Parking rates will be going up in some parts of the city and down in other areas. In May the city will launch phase 2 of the project installing smart meters in the downtown area. 

Parking customers using the Parkmobile app will be charged an additional 40 cents per transaction. You can learn more about the app HERE.  

To view the results of the parking study and to learn more about parking in Charleston click HERE

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