THE SAN Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has launched the PayByPhone parking payment service. Drivers can pull into a spot and pay for parking time online via a mobile device or call a toll-free number. There service is now available for parking meters in SF's Castro neighborhood and will spread to other areas of the city by early 2012.
To use the system, drivers will enter the meter location and the length of time they want to pay for on the phone. In addition, as time runs down on the parking meter, those using PayByPhone via cellphone will receive a text message reminder when time is about to expire, along with the ability to pay for additional time and receive receipts via email.