iTicket? Nope. iPark.

iPark.jpg Being self-employed, I am often seen working from the bar at various Arlington restaurants, or at various coffeeshops, and that means parking at meters throughout the area. Sometimes I’m fastidious about my meter, remembering to get quarters, remembering to feed it often, and those days I avoid the parking enforcement group of the Arlington Police. Some days, I’m more casual, or I get absorbed in a task and come out 20 minutes late, only to find the signature green envelope that is the hallmark of yet another parking fine. At this rate, I could run for president someday.

No more.

I went down to the County Offices today and got myself an iPark, which now hangs from my rear view mirror and protects me from the green envelope people. It cost me less than one parking ticket, and can be refilled by calling the Arlington County offices. No more runs for rolls of quarters. No more running out to a meter. Just click some buttons on the face of the iPark unit and away you go. It covers the different rates, the different meter types, and works all over the county. It’s $20 for the device, but when you think parking violations start at $25, it’s money well spent. Now if only I could refill it over the internet…

7 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    Now THIS would be neat. From the FAQ:

    “An iPark device can accommodate up to thirty-six meter zones. That means that multiple jurisdictions could be programmed into the same device. We’d like to see iPark adopted throughout the Washington, DC metro area. When other jurisdictions join the program, the Treasurer’s Office will offer to replace existing iParks with new, multi-jurisdiction devices.”

    We need to get DC and Fairfax down with this deal.

  2. Mike (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    But will it pay for 3 hours at a 2-hour meter?

  3. Brian (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    Pay just for the minutes you’ve parked? That is extremely cool. But yeah, does it allow you to exceed time at limited-time meters?

  4. Max (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    That’s sweet. Between that and the website that tells you where parking spaces are available, parking just got much easier.

    I’d also like to have a laser that automatically zapped parking meter enforcement officers just as they were about to ticket my car.

  5. Don (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    The FAQ on their site makes it very clear you can NOT exceed parking time limits, Mike & Brian.

  6. Krempasky (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    Yeah, it’s zone-specific. That said, running out to your car to reset your iPark is a lot better than running out to the store to get quarters to run out to your car to re-feed your meter.

  7. Mike (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    Great, so now we have a *third* method of paying for parking. I guess I don’t need to worry about the dozens of meters which don’t take my ParkSmart card now – but can I apply the balance to the iPark? Probably not.

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