Minneapolis' parking meter app now covers the whole city

Minneapolis’ smartphone parking app now covers all on-street parking spaces city-wide, which will be particularly convenient for drivers who don’t want to fuss with meters outside in, say, January, when it’s -20 degrees.

Drivers download the MPLS Parking app and use their smartphones to enter their respective space numbers and payment methods into the app wherever they are and can add more time to the meter from any location.

The app launched in a pilot area in a section of the North Loop and Downtown West neighborhoods in August. It will now cover all spots maintained by the City of Minneapolis. The app is available for free on Google Play and the Apple Store, but it does come with a fee – 15 to 25 cents per transaction.

The app can send a warning email or text message when parking is about to expire, and it can also help drivers locate their cars, too. If a driver doesn’t want to use the app, standing pay meters will still be available.