CITYWIDE — Driving around the block looking for a parking space could soon be a thing of the past in Santa Monica thanks to the release of a new parking app for the iPhone.
Santa Monica Parking, powered by ParkMe, provides real-time parking information for the city’s 28 lots, 12 structures and 5,967 on-street metered parking spaces, city officials said.
iPhone users can download the app for free via the Apple Store by using the search string “Santa Monica Parking.” An Android version will be available in the coming months.
Users can customize their parking options based on price, total time required for parking, and distance. These options can be changed at any time. City Hall has provided parking availability for lots and structures for several years. However, the added ability to show real-time availability of on-street metered spaces is an added bonus for those looking for parking, city officials said.
The technology works by leveraging existing infrastructure already in use by City Hall’s recently deployed smart parking meters.
“We have a lot of parking available in Santa Monica and this app makes it easier than ever to find parking,” said Don Patterson, assistant finance director. “During the holiday season we know that time gets tight for people and parking can get tight in Santa Monica as well. Our hope is that people will use the app to find parking in a tech-friendly and time-efficient way so that they have more time to do their shopping and celebrate the holidays.”
Chief Information Officer Jory Wolf explains, “Santa Monica Parking is the latest city service geared towards mobile users. We’re always interested in finding new ways to use technology to provide the public with the information and services they need.”
City officials remind users to drive safely and not use the app while operating a motor vehicle.