Parking tickets are the bane of driver’s existence in Boston (or anywhere else for that matter), but Mayor Marty Walsh has made the process of paying tickets a little less painful.
The City of Boston is launching Boston PayTix, a new smartphone app that allows drivers to pay their tickets quickly so they can get on with their lives. It also provides reminders and alerts so drivers can avoid paying late fees.
If a driver gets a ticket, once they finish cursing and moaning, app users can scan the barcode, enter their payment information, and press submit.
"The new PayTix app is another example of how we're using technology to make city government more efficient and effective for the people of Boston," Walsh said in a press release. "We've seen through other city initiatives, such as ParkBoston and 311, that mobile apps are a great tool and we look forward to continue finding new ways to utilize technology to improve basic city services."
Over the past year, through another partnership with TicketZen, the city saw a steady uptick in parking violations paid for with the mobile app. The proof-of-concept project for mobile parking ticket payment showed the demand for more Smartphone-oreinted payment systems, with over 2,100 ticket payment transactions a month through the app. TicketZen made a business decision to focus on other products at the conclusion of the pilot with the City in November.
The PayTix app is available on the Apple and Google app stores.