STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Parking pains might be alleviated for drivers in downtown Stroudsburg. As of this past weekend, you don’t need coins to feed the meters.
When Connie Warner of Effort parks on Main Street, she now has the option to pay through her debit or credit card. She says, “it’s a big help because I don’t always have quarters. Credit card you just slip it in and you’re done.”
“I’m just very happy that they’re doing that. It’s great,” says Paula Fitzpatrick, owner, Fitzpatrick’s Celtic & Irish Store.
The app will send text message notification for expired meters. Mayor Tarah Probst says this is perfect for people who are shopping or dining downtown.
She adds, “you don’t have to worry about feeding the meter. You can do it right from your phone.”
When paying through the app with debit or credit, there is a $25 minimum balance you’ll have to maintain. There’s also an additional 30-cent fee for every transaction.
“If you’re using this for pure convenience, 30-cents probably isn’t your bigger worry,” Probst believes.
Paula Fitzpatrick owns Fitzpatrick’s Celtic & Irish store on Main Street. She says people constantly ask her for change to feed the meters.
She explains, “but I can’t always give it. I can only give out so much of it a day.”
She likes the coin-less option but points out, people can still pay with coins if they don’t have a smart-phone. She remarks, “I don’t know how that would work for the older folks, they won’t know how to do that.”
Right now, the app is only available for meters on and surrounding Main Street and Ann Street. But, the goal is to provide a coin-less option for all meters in the borough.