MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Parking in Mount Vernon is about to get a little smarter for motorists and shoppers, as the city plans to make use of a new mobile app that will simplify paying for parking.
Earlier this week, city officials announced their intention to team with Pango, a company that created a system that allows motorists to park and pay using their cell phones. Pango eliminates the need for parking machines, the need to rifle through the car for loose change and can be customized and adjusted to fit one’s needs.
In all, nearly 50 municipalities throughout the country use Pango daily, with more than 1,300,000 pay-by-phone transactions monthly. In addition to the ability to pay for your parking without having to run to the meter, the Pango app can also tell motorists where parking is most sparse, which garages are the best value and where there is valet service.
Motorists need not have an iPhone or Android to make use of the features of Pango. Those without the latest technology can call from any registered phone with a pin number to arrange for the pay-by-phone function.
Mount Vernon residents will get their introduction to Pango at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Maggie Spillane’s, when Pango officials will be in the city to discuss their revolutionary application. They will return to the city the following week from 3 to 8 p.m. at the AAC Club, with food, hats and t-shirts to distribute.
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