The City of Dallas has teamed up with ParkMe, a parking guidance service, to provide real-time parking availability information.
While other smartphone apps have provided parking availability for garages and surface lots, this is the first app to include Dallas’ metered on-street parking.
The free app includes location, price, and in many cases will allow drivers to reserve a spot in a lot.
In areas like Deep Elum, the parking problem is often not the lack of available spots. It’s the lack of knowing where the free spots are.
“They (customer) are always calling asking where they need to park,” said Todd Garton, the manager of Cane Rossa, a popular pizza restaurant in Deep Elum. “They just don’t know where to go.”
Garton said on a Friday or Saturday evening, he’ll hear customers telling him how difficult it was to find a parking spot when the parking lot behind his restaurant on many nights remains more than half empty.
“People just don’t know it’s there or know how to get to it,” he explained.
The ParkMe app is supposed to alleviate some of these frustrations drivers experience in Dallas.
No sensors have been placed on the city’s meters to pinpoint a vacant spot. According to its website, ParkMe uses algorithms to predict when and where an open street parking spot will most likely be.
ParkMe has been used in several other major US cities.
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