The Town of Jerome, Arizona, has partnered with Flowbird Group to launch a new pay-by-plate parking system to manage and support its long-term economic vitality. On July 25th, Jerome Town Council voted unanimously to procure Flowbird’s Strada smart pay stations and implement Flowbird’s mobile parking app as a means for raising infrastructure funds and expand public parking.
In addition to raising funds, council members identified the need for a more organized parking space. The Town of Jerome, a small tourism community, has been expanding rapidly in the last five years. Visitor parking began impinging upon neighborhood streets, generally intended for residents to park near their homes. The solution of Flowbird pay stations and the mobile app will bring flexible and dynamic management of parking rights and fees.
Council Members remarked on their long, exhaustive search for the right parking solution for Jerome, ultimately selecting Flowbird at the suggestion of Chief Allen Muma who reviewed Flowbird’s success in Flagstaff, AZ and Grand Rapids, MI. Flagstaff’s demanding parking system, in particular, consists of 100 Flowbird Strada pay stations and has had great success with Flowbird’s mobile payment app.
Jerome’s adoption of the Strada pay stations will bring modernization and ease-of-use to visiting and residential motorists. The pay stations are solar-powered and user-friendly with a large color display screen and customized interface. The entire system will be tailored to the town’s specific needs, functioning in pay-by-plate mode to accommodate special parking rates, providing printed receipts for motorists, and enforced by Jerome’s local police.
The exact locations of the new kiosks will be determined in the coming weeks. The cost to park has been set at $3.00 for up to four hours, or $5.00 to park all day. Fees will be in effect between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Parking will remain free throughout parts of Main Street and the Town’s large parking lot that offers free shuttles to and from downtown on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Police Chief Allen Muma plans to follow suit with Flagstaff’s ‘friendly manner’ of rolling out the new pay stations, starting out first with warnings and keeping track of system abusers.
Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 600 customers throughout the U.S. This project allows the company to expand its presence in the Southwest where, in addition to Flagstaff, it currently partners with clients such as the City of Las Vegas (NV), Town of Springdale (UT), City of Santa Fe (NM), and the University of New Mexico.
Flowbird is the world market leader in the field of urban mobility and smart city solutions. By offering a unique, all-encompassing range of parking management and public transport ticketing solutions, Flowbird has a presence in close to 80 countries and is successfully accelerating its growth in emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Flowbird’s equipment and services are facilitating urban mobility in over 5,000 cities. Flowbird employs a workforce of c.1,300 people worldwide and achieved a turnover of 340 million euros in 2018.