As a commuter into Boston I confess Iím subject to the occasional parking ticket. Instead of being at the mercy of finding parking in Boston while trying to avoid late appointment arrivals, sometimes it actually makes more sense for me to park and pay the fine later. The next day when the violation is registered at City Hall, I typically log onto the City of Boston.gov website to pay the fine. However, Iíve now found a new way to repent for my parking sins by using the ZenTicket mobile app to pay my fee on the spot.
Price: Free App Download. $1 per parking ticket paid w/ TicketZen.
Platforms: Compatible w/ iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone5. TicketZen for Android is currently limited to Boston, MA for now. Itís also important to note TicketZen is only available in select cities.*
Should you get it? TicketZen made it to my iPhone home screen.
ďCitizens who have a Boston parking ticket, can download the TicketZen app (for iOS and Android) and use it to scan and pay their ticket in a few taps, said Cort Johnson.
Johnson is one of the founders of Terrible Labs, a small team of website and mobile application developers who created TicketZen after Kayak co-founder Paul English tweeted about wanting an easier way to pay Boston parking tickets.
To use, choose a city and scan the barcode on your ticket with your smartphone camera. Next select a payment option and TicketZen submits your payment to the city for approval.
Through this partnership with city officials, TicketZen accesses Bostonís ticket database and notifies TicketZen users when the violation is available for payment. Users also receive a confirmation email from the city when their mobile payment is accepted and settled.
Repeat offender? The TicketZen app stores a userís credit card information, negating the need to re-enter that string of digitals every time a payment is in order.
*TicketZen is currently available in Boston, Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and State College, PA, with support for 100+ cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia to be announced soon.
ďOver the next year, we plan to roll out TicketZen to many other cities across the US,Ē cooed Johnson.
To see if your city is in the TicketZen launch roadmap, email hi@TicketZen.com.
The city of Boston should thank @ticketzen. Decided it was easier to pay with my phone than waste my time fighting a bogus ticket.— Tom Boates Everybody (@tomboates) December 22, 2013