Now You Can Use Your Phone to Feed the Parking Meter
A free app offered by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority is filled with features that should make it nearly impossible to get a parking ticket.
photo by lauralei kraski
The bottom line: This free app allows you to pay your parking meter through your smartphone. When you register, you must enter basic information about your vehicle and select your payment method. Then, there are only four simple steps to get rolling:
- The meter will have a sticker with the zone number posted on it. You can scan it with your phone's camera or enter it by hand.
- Choose the duration you wish to park.
- Confirm your information, this includes the cost.
- A count-down timer will appear on your screen showing how long you have at your meter.
But wait, there's more.
- Ran into an old friend and got to talking? Lunch took longer than you thought? Window shopping became a full-blown spree? In some location, you can extend the time on your meter from your phone.
- Time flies. It helps to have reminders. Fifteen minutes before your meter expires, the app will notify you.
- If you are a frequent commuter to a certain lot, neighborhood or street, you can save your “favorites” and other recently used zones so that your routine is remembered.
- If you’re as bad as I am at memorizing numbers, you’ll appreciate the feature that allows you to enter your license plate number just once.
- You can add up to five license plate numbers on your profile for five different users. You can view and print your parking history. Visa and MasterCard are both accepted.
Want more specifics? Click here.
Now seriously, with this app, is there any reason to ever get a parking ticket again? You don't have to answer that.
#Turkey Fund Yearbook Challenge
Recognize any of these faces? They should look familiar.
The folks at KDKA-TV are putting a new twist the wildly successful "ice bucket" challenge. Anchors and reporters are posting their high-school yearbook pictures as their Facebook profile pictures — big hair and all — for one month, and then challenging three friends, relatives or co-workers to do the same for a least a week and/or donate $10 to the KD Turkey Fund. For 34 years, the fund has provided turkey dinners on Thanksgiving for local families in need.
If you don't recognize any of the six KDKA staffers above, scroll to the end to find out who's who.
#HealingHands: Knee problem no more
For Steelers' fans worried about the state of Ben Roethlisberger's knee going into to Sunday's game against the undefeated Bengals, the team wants you know know it has everything well in hand.
Yearbook Pictures (left to right)
Row 1: Kristine Sorensen, Marty Griffin, John Shumway
Row 2: Brenda Waters, Ken Rice, Jennifer Antkowiak