CityParking Inc. announced today a revolutionary new service that will allow residents and visitors in Richmond to save time and money by using their mobile phone to pay for parking.
“We are very excited to bring the convenience of pay by phone for parking to Richmond. It fits in well with the expanded use of smart phone technologies and applications. For our parking customers, it will definitely offer them a virtual form of paying for their parking that is both convenient and practical. Our customers can use their cell phones or smart phone apps to pay for a parking space instead of fishing in their pockets or wallets or purses for cash or credit cards,” said David J. Sharrar, President of CityParking Inc.
CityParking Inc. will officially launch their pay by phone service on December 1, 2010. Their customers are being invited to stop by for information and to sign up for the service on the CityParking lot at the corner of 8th & Cary. CityParking Inc. owners and their technology partners will be on hand to demonstrate the pay by phone service, answer questions and assist with customer sign-ups.
“CityParking Inc. is leveraging the cloud computing environment to enhance the way parking is managed. We are proving how the technologies that have been rapidly deployed in recent months down to the personal level can be incorporated into the parking experience and improve pricing and access to parking at the consumer level,” said Gloria K. Sharrar, principal owner and former Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations at Bank of America. “This is a game-changer for Richmond’s downtown parking. We are the first parking operator in Virginia to offer the pay by phone service for our parking lots.”
“We are already finding that customers are enthusiastic about the launch of the pay by phone option,” said Mr. Sharrar. “In addition to the payment convenience, we anticipate that customers will spend less time driving around to find parking, which will save them time and is good for the environment. Plus pay by phone is paperless.”
Pay By Phone will be available in over 700 parking spaces in downtown Richmond. All pay by phone locations will offer discounted rates during evening and weekend hours.
“We want our fellow Richmonders to visit downtown during the holiday season with their friends, their kids, their families and we think pay by phone parking will encourage them to come enjoy free events or CenterStage performances or just walking around and enjoying the urban ambiance,” said Mr. Sharrar, adding, “And all it takes is signing up and a cell phone!”
About CityParking Inc.
A woman-owned, SWaM certified business, CityParking Inc. is the largest locally-owned private parking operator in Richmond, Virginia, working with over 2,900 parking spaces in 23 locations downtown. The management team has over 50 years of combined professional parking management experience. Ms. Sharrar, Principal, has more than 25 years of IT management, systems development and business recovery experience on a national and international scope. The ownership team prides itself on providing personalized attention to their clients and customers.
Parkmobile is a leading global provider of seamlessly integrated end-to-end solutions for pay by phone parking and digital parking permits. With millions of registered users, Parkmobile is available in more than 100 cities worldwide. Parkmobile USA was founded in Atlanta, Georgia and has become one of the largest providers of cashless parking systems in the United States. The company’s call center, engineering team and corporate headquarters are located in the U.S. For additional information, please visit www.parkmobile.com.