If you’re headed Downtown for dinner tonight, or anywhere in the city for that matter, you’ll have one less thing to worry about: Parking meters. You’ll still have to pay to park, but no quarters will be required, because now you can pay for a parking spot in Pittsburgh with your smartphone. Approved in August by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, the new GoMobilePgh app by Atlanta-based company Parkmobile is now available at 9,000 meters across the city.

At a press conference in Market Square for the official launch of the app, Pittsburgh Parking Authority Director David Onorato said the app builds on the authority’s past successes with the use of technology. Mayor Bill Peduto said the app will allow the city to make the parking experience better Downtown and in city neighborhoods.

The new GoMobilePgh parking app will let users pay for parking from their smartphones.

“So, you’re sitting in a restaurant, you paid that meter, you’re having a wonderful night, and you don’t even think about it, but that meter ends and you get out of the restaurant and there’s a parking ticket waiting for you,” Peduto said. “Those days are now gone.”

Here’s how it works: After downloading the app to their device, users enter credit card information and their license plate number. To use the app to pay for a meter, the user enters the parking space’s zone number, displayed on a sticker affixed to the meter. If needed, a user can add more time right from the app instead of running back to the meter to feed it. The transaction fee is not charged again when users add more time. Parkmobile gets eight cents per parking transaction.

Within the app, users can set reminders to notify them with push alerts when their time is close to expiring.

The mayor said the app will let the parking authority and the city use parking spaces in a more efficient manner. “It means opening up more spots, so businesses have more customers, and people will have an easier time enjoying all the wonderful things that are Downtown and in our neighborhoods.”

Users can register for the service online at GoMobilePittsburgh.com. Those without smartphones can still use the service, by calling 877-727-5281.

Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons is an award-winning writer and editor who spends way too much time on Twitter. Her experience includes crime, features and business reporting, and she has a huge crush on Pittsburgh. She was...