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Several Local Communities Trying Out New Meter Feeder Parking App

GREENSBURG (KDKA) -- A new smartphone app is allowing drivers to pay for parking over the phone within seconds.

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Drivers in Greensburg will soon have the new high-tech option to pay for their parking space.

"It allows the user the ability to pay on your smartphone using an app," says City Administrator Sue Trout.

Later this summer, Greensburg will begin using Meter Feeder for its 4,000 parking spaces. The company behind the app is based in Braddock.

"Started by a couple of CMU grads, so it's innovative and its something were looking forward to trying in Greensburg," says Trout.

Here's how it works:

You download the Meter Feeder app, then put your license plate number and payment information in. When you park, the GPS in your phone actually allows the app to figure out what parking costs where you are. You can even add more time on your phone without having to go back to where you parked.

If you somehow still manage to get a ticket, you can pay it through the app by scanning the QR code at the bottom of the ticket.

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Drivers that KDKA talked to seem ready to give up feeding coins into a meter.

"I think it would be pretty cool," said Jared King. "It would be more convenient and faster. I think it would work out pretty good."

"I would think it's a very good thing because people are using less cash, carrying less cash, and there's an app for everything anyway, right? We might as well take advantage of it," added Thomas Glovier.

Some communities are already using the app, including Dormont, Brentwood, Carnegie and Homestead, but Greensburg may be the first in Westmoreland County to give it a try.

And if all this sounds like more technology than you're willing to conquer, fear not, Greensburg will still allow you to do it the old-fashioned way - feeding coins in the meter.

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