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Mayor Brown unveils new plan to test on-street parking app

12:36 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - City leaders in Jacksonville say parking in the downtown area is about to get a whole lot easier.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Mayor Alvin Brown unveiled a new plan to test pilot a web-based system for on-street parking.

Users will need to download the free "app" Parker by Streetline onto their smart phone in order for the system to work.

The system uses circular parking sensors that detect metal to inform drivers about parking meters.

The sensors are going to be placed at selected meters beginning in the next week at the intersection of Laura & Forsyth Streets.

Using Parker, drivers will be able to see in real-time which spots are available, how much they cost, how much time is remaining in your spot and the availability of other parking lots and garages.

You'll even have a hands-free option that offers you audio cues.

City leaders say the technology will ease congestion and make it easier to navigate through downtown.

It's going to be used on a trial basis for the next three months at no cost to Jacksonville taxpayers, according to Mayor Brown. Streetline is loaning the software on a temporary basis.

Brown said the city will eventually decide if it's going to implement the program long term.

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