Local residents that take transit from the Tri-Cities every day can now skip the line and avoid pushing kiosk buttons after parking their vehicle in the lot.
Today (Sept. 6), three regional stops have been added to an international network that allows commuters to pay for daily or hourly parking through an app on their smartphone.
In a release, TransLink explained it hopes the change can achieve smoother commutes for users that pass through Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
The authority adds riders can download the PayByPhone mobile app, find the park-and-ride station and choose the payment that fits their schedule.
The Vancouver-based app can be used at the following locations, three of TransLink's nine larger park-and-ride lots:
- Coquitlam Central
- Port Coquitlam
- Moody Centre
It can also be used at the Pitt Meadows and Maple Meadows stops in the Tri-Cities neighbouring communities east of the Pitt River Bridge.
PayByPhone is used by more than 55 million people worldwide in 14 countries, according to TransLink.
It explained the app also provides 24/7 customer support, multiple languages, multi-day parking options and a guest user feature if transit riders don't want to make an account.
Meanwhile, TransLink said its existing Park&Go app will be out of order at its main park-and-ride lots on Oct. 6
For more information about the change, you can visit TransLink's website.
You can download PayByPhone from the App Store and Google Play, or use its website to pay for parking.