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Pay-By-Phone Parking Available on Dickson

For those who find parking on Dickson to be a nightmare, Fayetteville city officials have now made it easier by introducing pay-by-phone parking.
You sign up for an account on paybyphone.com, and it doesnt take but a minute. You just enter your name and credit card information, said Sharon Waters with the city of Fayetteville parking division. Whenever you go to park on Dickson, you just dial 1-888-450-7275 and enter the city code for Fayetteville, which is 2525, and your parking spot number. The money is taken from your credit card instantly. When you have about five or six minutes left on your meter, you will receive a text message notifying you and giving you the option to add more time.

The idea of the pay-by-phone parking came about after listening to complaints from Fayetteville residents.

It was an idea that weve been trying to do for a while, and really got pushed to do it when we heard people complaining about having to go out in bad weather to add more time to a meter. It also takes time to go up to the meter and put money in, when you pay by phone it all happens instantly, Waters said.

Students around campus also found the idea innovative and convenient.

It would take a few extra steps to get done, but it will make things easier because I wont have to go to the meter every single time I park, said freshman Randy Canales-Ochoa.

However, not everyone is convinced that paying by phone is a more convenient option.

I wouldnt personally make the extra effort to register my card and make a phone call every time I want to park. The meters are just as effective and its not like it hurts to walk a few feet to fill it up when it runs out, said junior Alex Ladd.

Despite seeming like a fresh idea in the Fayetteville area, paying by phone is not a new thing across the country.

This is a program used all over the nation; it is just new to Fayetteville. In fact, we did a study and realized that 30 percent of all parking meter transactions across the country are now done through a pay-by-phone program. The reactions we have received so far since implementing it have all been really positive, Waters said.
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