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Louisville going high-tech with parking

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Paying for parking will be faster and easier in the Metro this week.  Metro parking officials are unveiling a new mobile app.

Starting Monday, Nov. 18, folks will be able to use their cell phones to pay for parking in different areas downtown.
The city launched a partnership with Passport Parking to start using mobile pay technology. 
City officials say drivers will be able to use their cell phones to pay for parking, first in surface lots and eventually, at on-street meters throughout downtown.
The mobile pay will be added to existing stations, so those who prefer to pay at the lot can still do so.
There is a .25 cent convenience fee associated with mobile pay.
The app is downloadable for smart phones, but those without smart phones can call a number to use mobile pay.
Parking officials say they're trying to accommodate everyone.
"This is actually just an extra service for people who may be in a rush," said Tiffany Smith of Metro Parking Authority.
Smith said the app, QR code, or dial-in services would be available to folks when "conditions are not ideal" also.
Mobile pay technology will be available at on-street meters by the beginning of January, 2014. 
The mobile app will then allow drivers the option to receive text message alerts and reminders before their parking expires.
There's also an option to add funds.  
Businesses can offer discounts and promotions for PassportParking customers.
Drivers with the app can also log in through Facebook.
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