When I’m not traveling to client sites or working from home, I take the commuter rail in to Optaros’ Boston office, because I’m not fond of driving, and the traffic in Boston is legendary for both its volume and the craziness of the individual drivers in it.
Generally this means being dropped off and picked up at the commuter rail station, but every once in a while I drive and park there.
Today was one of those days, and my first chance to try out the new “pay for parking from your mobile phone” approach.
First, I signed up for an account at ParkMobile, setting up a username & password, license plate information, and a credit card.
Then I headed off to Swampscott station with the iPhone app downloading to my phone as I drove. Once I got to the station, all I had to do was note the “zone number” for the station (1212), log in to my account on the phone, and click the “start parking” button.
ParkMobile does charge a $0.35 service fee, which for someone who parks as infrequently as I do is well worth it (for not having to worry about finding four singles or appropriate change and getting it in the paybox while running for the train).
Happy to see commuter rail moving into the 21st century!