Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Deal for shoppers

by Brad Lindberg Staff Writer

November 14, 2013

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — A new parking deal this holiday season applies to metered spaces.

Approximately two hours of free parking is offered every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas at metered spaces throughout the City of Grosse Pointe.

The deal extends beyond the central business district on Kercheval to commercial districts on Mack and Fisher.

To qualify, motorists must set up a Parkmobile electronic parking payment account and use it during the holidays.

The meter promotion is in addition to free off-street parking in Village surface lots during weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

“This will have the dual purpose of promoting a visit to the city with two hours of free parking at any meter location in the city during the holidays if using the Parkmobile system, and encourage people to use try the Parkmobile system,” said Peter Dame, city manager.

Parkmobile is a cashless, wireless meter payment system that launched in September throughout the city. It provides motorists the option of paying metered parking fees over smartphones.

Users establish a membership account with Parkmobile and pay for parking using a phone application.

“You can download the app and use it now,” Dame said.

Municipal parking rates remain the same, whether paid by coin or cyber account, although Parkmobile adds a 35-cent transaction fee in addition to the municipal parking fee.

Motorists registered as Parkmobile’s preferred members pay a 99-cent monthly charge and 30-cent transaction fee, instead of 35 cents.

Wireless users can extend meter times from off-site, such as in a restaurant, rather than returning to the parking space and adding money to the meter. Extending a meter triggers another 35 cent transaction fee.

City parking meters are labeled with Parkmobile instructions.