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Pay By Cell Program


A second RFP will also be issued to modernize city parking meters

October 16, 2015 - Buffalo Motorists will soon have a state-of-the-art mobile payment option for parking in metered areas throughout Buffalo. Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Delaware District Council Member Joel Feroleto, announced that he issued a request for proposals for a new “pay-by-cell” program for parking.

"This is as convenient as it gets,” said Mayor Brown.  “City residents and/or visitors to Buffalo can stop looking for cash or credit or debit cards if they choose this option. They can simply enter their meter number and amount of time into a smart phone application.  No more walking back to the meter to reload.”

“This is great news for the entire city, including the commercial corridors in the Delaware District, because mobile parking payments bring a new level of convenience and ease of use, streamlining the parking and payment process for city residents and visitors," said Delaware District Council Member Joel P. Feroleto.

Pay-by-cell technology offers a number of time-saving conveniences:

  • Drivers will no longer have to make payments at the meter boxes if they choose.
  • Meter boxes will remain in place throughout the City, providing motorists with multiple options to pay.
  • Printed receipts will no longer need to be placed on dashboards.
  • Drivers will no longer have to return to their car to increase their time allotment.

The pay-by-cell option is part of the Mayor Brown’s continued commitment to adding new and innovative solutions to increase efficiencies to city services. The RFP is being issued at a time when significant progress continues in Buffalo, where over $5.5 billion in economic development activity is underway, creating over 12,000 new jobs.

In addition to the pay-by-cell RFP, Mayor Brown and Council Member Feroleto issued a second RFP today to upgrade the existing 125 pay-and-display parking machines to a 3G cellular network to help ensure fast, reliable communications.

The deadline for both RFP’s is November 20, 2015, with the anticipated installation scheduled for spring 2015.  Both RFP’s can be found on the City of Buffalo’s website,