Boise State commuters have a new payment option next time they pull into one of the school's numerous parking spaces.
Parking meters have traditionally meant carrying a roll of quarters, but the ParkMobile system recently installed at the University allows motorists to pay with a cell phone. Android, iPhone, Windows 7 and Blackberry users can download the ParkMobile app and pay for parking without carrying a pocketful of change.
Motorists can also call toll free 1-877-727-5993 to pay for their parking, according to the University. Payment options, including the new system, can be found on Boise State meters and signs at the pay stations in the garages.
A statement from the university Monday afternoon said the new pay system is a first:
Additionally, Boise State is the first university to offer Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. Users simply wave or tap their smartphone on any of the NFC-enabled stickers on the meters and signs in the garages to instantly access the parking application, making paying for parking more convenient.
Drivers can elect to receive text message reminders 15 minutes before their parking term expires, with the option to add extra time.
Parkmobile charges users a $0.35 convenience fee per transaction, or a $0.99 per month "preferred membership" to receive discounts on transaction fees.