Baltimore County government has partnered with ParkMobile to bring contactless parking payment to the county. Image courtesy of ParkMobile.

Motorists in Baltimore County can now use the ParkMobile app to pay for parking without touching a meter, county officials announced on Monday.

Baltimore County government has partnered with ParkMobile to introduce the contactless parking payment system at 1,525 parking spaces across the county.

“We are always looking for ways to innovate in order to make County services even more convenient for our residents,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a statement. “Baltimore County is excited to partner with ParkMobile to provide a new safe, easy, and contactless way for residents and visitors to pay for parking.”

Parkers can download the ParkMobile app on their iPhone and Android device, or they can access ParkMobile on a mobile web browser.

Through the mobile app or a web browser, users will enter the zone number that is posted on signs around the parking spot, select how much time they need to park there, and click the “Start Parking” button to begin their session.

Users can extend the time of their parking session as needed from their mobile device so they do not need to return to a meter to add more time.

Parking attendants use the zone number and drivers’ license plate number or parking space number to verify payment.

ParkMobile also allows users to find and reserve parking.

“We want to welcome Baltimore County to our network,” ParkMobile CEO Jon Ziglar said in a statement. “We have a large base of users in the immediate area, making it easy for people to use one app for contactless parking payments wherever they go.”

ParkMobile has more than 24 million users, including about 1.3 million users in Maryland. The app processes on average more than 200,000 transactions per month in Maryland.

In addition to Park Mobile’s recent introduction to Baltimore County, the app is already being used in other areas of Maryland, including Baltimore City, Ocean City, Frederick County, Montgomery County, and the D.C. metropolitan area.

The app is also used in other major U.S. cities, such as Philadelphia and New York City.

Beyond parking, ParkMobile is also rolling out a new feature to select users to pay tolls at certain Maryland toll facilities, according to the app’s website.

Users who have been invited to participate in this feature can pay tolls through the ParkMobile app at the following facilities:

  • Baltimore Harbor Thruway Tunnel
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel
  • Francis Scott Key Bridge
  • Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac”
  • Middleton Bridge
  • Hatem Bridge
  • Intercounty Connector (ICC) (MD 200)
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway – Express Toll Lanes (ETL)
  • William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge
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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...