Downtown visitors will soon be digging into their pockets for smart phones instead of loose change to pay for parking with the St. Catharines launch a new mobile app called Honk.
Honk CEO Michael Back and Mayor Walter Sendzik launched a pilot of the mobile payment app Monday at Market Square. Honk is now available in various on and off-street parking locations in Downtown St. Catharines, including the City Hall and Market Square parking lots.
The Honk app lets users search, pay for and top up parking from their phone or tablet, decreasing the need to circle the block looking for a parking spot, reducing traffic congestion, pollution, and stress. Honk notifies users when their time is about to expire and allows them to buy additional time right from their smartphone, eliminating the need to rush back to a parking meter and helping them avoid tickets.
“We are always looking for new ways to use technology to enhance City services,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “With the Honk app, there is no waiting at pay stations or displaying receipts. It’s as easy as park, tap, and go, making it easier to shop, visit and enjoy all that downtown St. Catharines has to offer.”
Honk is on a mission to make parking easier for all drivers, while also benefitting cities by reducing congestion, pollution, driver frustration and wear on roads, says Honk’s founder and CEO Michael Back
“We believe in improving peoples’ lives,” says Back. “By making parking more convenient, less expensive or just by simplifying the process, we make small differences daily for our users across North America. It’s exciting for us to be able to make a difference in St. Catharines,”
Using a single account, motorists can pay for parking anywhere Honk is accepted across North America using VISA, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.
The Honk app can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android at www.honkmobile.com or via the App Store or Google Play.
Honk app users in St. Catharines are permitted to park for up to three hours in the parking lots surrounding City Hall and Market Square. Metered parking spots are intended for short-term visits and have three-hour limits. Honk users will also pay a 35 cent fee per transaction along with normal parking rates. One hour of parking will cost $1.85 using the parking app. Three hours of parking will cost $4.85. Downtown visitors can still pay for parking at meters the traditional way.
The City will study how downtown visitors use the parking app over the next 12 months and will make adjustments or expand the program based on its success. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/Parking for information about the parking app or parking in St. Catharines.
Source – City of St. Catharines press release