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Best Boston area parking app?

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by Lose Remerswaal, Sep 14, 2017 at 6:33 AM.

  1. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Need to know what the best parking app is. Is there one that covers mbta commuter lots and Boston and suburb meters?
    Thanks!
     
  2. grantb

    grantb Couldn't get into a real school Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I don't know for lots, but for stree parking Boston uses the "ParkBoston" app, Somerville uses the "Parkmobile" app, and Cambridge uses the "PassportParking" app. If you're on iOS there's an app called "SPOT" that rents out private spots <http://www.parkeasier.com/>
     
  3. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks

    I was hoping to avoid multiple apps but I guess that isn't possible.

    Signed,

    LoseR who finally got a Smart Phone

    Edit: ParkBoston looks best for me, it wants access to:

    Identity
    Location (duh)
    Phone
    Photos/Media/Files
    Camera
    Device ID & Call Information

    Is this for realz? Like I said, I'm new to the Smartphone thing. It's ok to do this?
     
  4. Dollar

    Dollar Member SoSH Member

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    I'm not sure if this one is popular in the US yet, but it's the one I use most often in Europe and is pretty amazing. Parkopedia allows you to put in a city name or zip code, and times that you want to park, and it gives you the prices on a nice map.

    edit: oh, I guess you're looking for something to reserve a parking spot, not just find possible lots/spaces. The other options are probably better for that.
     
    #4 Dollar, Sep 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM
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  5. Caspir

    Caspir Member SoSH Member

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    You don't have to accept all of those permissions, and you are right to be cautious about who you grant access to these things. I typically never grant access to my photos or contacts. Identity/Location/Phone are all basic for an app like that. I believe the camera and gallery are in case you get a broken meter and need to submit a photo, but it's been a while since I've used ParkBoston. Approve the ones you feel are justified, and if it ever comes up you can make an on the spot decision on the others. Again, it's been a while, but I am pretty sure they aren't mandatory permissions.
     
  6. Was (Not Wasdin)

    Was (Not Wasdin) Member SoSH Member

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    Any idea what App we are supposed to be using to park in the MBTA commuter rail lots (specifically the Needham lots)? My two sons got their licenses simultaneously about six months ago, and have pretty much driven me to/from the train every day since, and I've lost track of whether or not they switched. Is it Pay By Phone or ParkMobile?
     
  7. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I'm not sure it lets me pick and chose the permissions I accept. I can click and it explains 'em but doesn't give me a choice.

    I'm heading to the park shortly and will bring plenty of quarters (12 hour meters, bay-bee!) but next time I'd like to have one of these on hand.
     
  8. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I think it's ParkMobile. There are many signs up at the stations in Needham
     
  9. Was (Not Wasdin)

    Was (Not Wasdin) Member SoSH Member

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    That's what I thought as well, but someone told me that they switched back to Pay By Phone after about 2 months, but I cant find anything to confirm.

    I called and the woman I talked to said "Pay By Phone", and when I asked her about the switch to ParkMobile, she said "I don't know what you are talking about". So, thanks MBTA.
     
  10. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    For the lots in Canton it's PayByPhone. There was an article up earlier in the year saying all lots were switching to ParkMobile, but that doesn't seem to be the case as far as I can tell. I've been continuing to use PayByPhone and haven't gotten any tickets. It's impossible to get any real information or find anyone at MBTA who knows what's going on.
     
  11. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    how do these apps work? They prevent other cars from parking there? Isn;'t that inefficient for the time before you arrive for the spot to be empty? if I was looking for a spot, found an empty one, and someone had reserved it so I couldn't park in there, I'd be upset.

    Confused on this concept. Please help.
     
  12. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    For the commuter rail lots it's simply to pay for the parking fee. There are no reserved spaces.
     
  13. kenneycb

    kenneycb Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play SoSH Member

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    There's a number on the meter you punch in when you park there and put the estimated time you'll be there. If you don't use all your time, the city basically just makes more money by being able to "double dip" if another car parks there.
     

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