TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Parking in Tuckahoe is about to get a little smarter – and easier – for motorists and shoppers, as the village plans to make use of a new mobile application that will simplify paying for parking.
According to village officials, Tuckahoe will soon team up with Pango , a company that created a system that allows motorists to park and pay using their cell phones. Pango eliminates the need for parking machines, the need to rifle through vehicles for loose change, and can be customized and adjusted to fit one’s need.
Over the past year, officials have undertaken an extensive review of the local parking situation, with the goals of “encouraging more space turnover to increase retail business” by making the meters more technologically friendly and accessible.
Tuckahoe becomes the latest municipality in the country that will begin using Pango daily, which takes more than 1,300,000 pay-by-phone transactions each month. In addition to the ability to pay for your parking without having to run to the meter, the Pango app can also tell motorists where parking is most sparse, which garages are the best value and where there is valet service.
The new technology is set to be implemented soon, though it will not replace old meters, and coins can still be fed into the machines as a "second payment option."
Motorists need not have an iPhone or Android to make use of the features of Pango . Those without the latest technology can call from any registered phone with a pin number to arrange for the pay-by-phone function. Once Pango installs the new technology, on-street meter enforcement will be extended until 9 p.m. to encourage motorists to utilize evening parking to frequent village establishments.