- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Parking Authority board has approved a deal that will enable motorists to pay for parking meters using an app on their smartphones.

Thursday’s vote authorizes executive director David Onorato (ahn-oh-RAH’-toh) to contract with Atlanta-based Parkmobile LLC.

The use of the technology will be free to the authority, though motorists will be billed a small transaction fee - 35 cents or less - whenever they pay for parking remotely. People who don’t wish to use smartphones will be able to pay for their parking remotely by calling a toll-free number that will be posted on street parking kiosks.

Officials expect drivers will be able to use the service by the end of October.

Baltimore, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. are among the cities already using Parkmobile.

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