Wonky news buzz over talk that the Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) will pursue an app to pay for Parking. PG: App could be used to pay for Pittsburgh Parking
People forget, but it is something the PPA said would be in limited operation last year actually, following the model of... Latrobe, PA. See the last paragraph in (Feb 2014): New App Lets You Pay for Parking on your Phone
. But hey, progress is progress. How about the bigger question and imagine what might be possible if the Parking Authority actually made a live feed of some of its parking utilization data. I'll just point back to this post: Free our (parking) data.
But this all could enable the real innovation in parking economics here... resident discounts!
!! or in the great duality of all things economic: non-resident surcharges
. Ponder that for a second and when it comes to pass remember where you heard it first.
Addendum... what was the final story on the great missing parking meter story? Remember: Audit can't trace missing parking meters
. What's a few tons of scrap steel anyway.