PayByPhone feature now available at most S.F. parking meters 

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Motorists a little short on change will now have the option of using their smartphones to pay for parking at nearly every meter in San Francisco.

Previously available in areas with newer parking meters, the PayByPhone program has been expanded to 29,000 meters across The City, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. There are about 1,000 metered spots on waterfront property managed by the Port of San Francisco that don’t have the technology.

Along with paying for users’ parking through stored credit card information, the program also sends a text message to motorists when their time is about to expire and gives people the option of paying for more minutes without returning to the meter. However, drivers who use the program have to pay a 45-cent administrative fee per meter.

Although the meter reading will not reflect payment through the smartphone program, parking control officers will be able to scan the meter to determine if the spot has been paid for.

Instructions for the PayByPhone program are included in decals affixed to the meters, and motorists can receive more information by visiting

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