Andover residents and visitors will be able to pay for parking on a mobile application starting later this month.
New pay-by-license plate meters in downtown will replace the current ones, which will be removed next week.
On Sept. 25, people will be able to pay for parking through their smartphones, and obtain digital permits through the Passport Parking application. The option to pay at the existing meters will still be available.
If a driver wishes to stay longer in a parking spot, time can also be added on the application.
Drivers can follow three steps to pay for parking:
- Download the Passport Parking app from the App Store or Google Play
- Create an account with an email address or mobile number
- Enter the license plate and length of stay
"This state of the art parking technology will greatly enhance the experience of both residents and visitors parking downtown,'' Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said in a prepared statement. "We wanted to make paying for parking easy and convenient through reliable technology so that residents and visitors are able to park and pay and move on to enjoying downtown Andover and not have to worry about returning to extend time at a meter."
Parking ambassadors will be walking around parking lots during the week of Sept. 25 to assist drivers and answer questions.