WHEELING – Anyone parking at the Center Wheeling Parking Structure starting Monday won’t be digging into their pockets to pay.
The facility will go cash-free that day, city officials announced Friday. Those who park there will either need to have a monthly pass or use the ParkMobile app on their phone. Starting Monday, the garage attendant will no longer accept cash for hourly parking.
“New signage has been posted in the parking structure to provide information to drivers on how to pay for parking through their smartphones,” Deputy City Manager Bill Lanham said.
Parking garages in other cities whose parking attendants do not take cash often have pay stations where people take a ticket when they enter a garage and can pay cash or card when they leave. Lanham said Friday that for this installation, cashless and contactless work best.
“We find this way of paying for parking easier and more convenient,” he said. “These methods are instituted in three other lots in the city and it works well. Additionally, we have learned a lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic that people prefer contactless transactions. »
The ParkMobile app is free and available for Android and Apple devices. Users can also scan a QR code or send an SMS to a designated number. These codes and numbers appear on signs posted inside the Center Wheeling parking structure.
Those interested in monthly parking can obtain a pass at the Central Market Garage office or the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center office for a fee of $34 per month.
The City of Wheeling launched ParkMobile in October 2020 and is now available in over 1,200 parking spaces around the city at metered and off-street parking lots.