Los Angeles Launches Real-Time Street Parking App

A new government-approved service will show available downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica metered parking in real time.

Under a new program, Los Angeles residents will be able to see public parking spots in real time via smartphone. The cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica announced a partnership with California-based ParkMe to generate real-time maps of public parking lots. Inside Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles, the partnership will also include real-time information on available metered street parking.

Within Los Angeles, ParkMe's database will be integrated into the existing LA Express Park system, while the city of Santa Monica and ParkMe will jointly develop a dedicated smartphone app. Users will also be given access to real-time payment information.

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  • Manohar Kamath

    Locating available metered parking is small piece of the parking puzzle. The big question, if you happen to see an open spot, knowing whether you can park there and not get a ticket or towed away is daunting challenge to most of the drivers. There is a parking App called "Park.it Lite" which currently works for San Francisco has the ability to just do this. Apart from finding metered parking it also shows you all the areas where there are no meters and you can park for free. "Park.it Lite" will soon be supporting downtown LA and Santa Monica.

  • Naama Haviv

    This is great - but aren't we not supposed to be using our phones in the car?