June 9, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Kingston launches Whoosh! mobile app as new on-street parking meter rates go into effect
KINGSTON, N.Y. Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the launch of “Whoosh!,” a mobile phone application that will enable users to pay on-street parking meters by phone. The app is being rolled out concurrently with the City’s on-street parking rate change.
“Our goal with launching the Whoosh! app is to provide an alternative option to payment by coins,” said Mayor Noble. “We want to make accessing our business districts easier and more convenient and ultimately we expect to see a reduction in the number of tickets issued due to overdue meters.”
Users are notified when their time is near its expiration and can choose to extend their time remotely without returning to the parking meter.
Meter rates will be increased to $1.00 per hour beginning in the Rondout/Lower Broadway area of Kingston on Monday, June 12th. The Midtown and Uptown parking meters will be updated immediately afterward, with full city-wide implementation to be completed by the end of June. Updated meters will include new meter rate plates and bright Whoosh! stickers. All meters will still accept coins.
“An additional benefit of paying by phone is that users will be able to ‘carry their time’ to other parking spaces throughout the City, encouraging individuals to move seamlessly between our business districts,” continued Mayor Noble.
The Whoosh! app is available for iOS and Android phones and is free to download. A 35 cent convenience fee is charged for each transaction. The developers of the mobile app, ATI/Parkeon, will be have “ambassadors” on-site in each of the business districts during the installation phase to assist any users with downloading and using the app.