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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Many who use parking meters know the inconveniences that come along with them, like running out of time while completing an errand.

The City of Tucson is using a smart phone app to get rid of some of the issues.  There are 200 new meters, identified by a bright orange label, spread around the U of A campus and downtown Tucson.

How does it work?  First drivers must download the ‘Park Genius' app, from either the App store or the Google Play store; then enter a credit card.  When drivers pull up to one of the special meters they enter the meter's specific ID number, after that enter how long parked there and done.

This new process was created by three students who participated in an entrepreneurship program at the U of A.

The app even sends an alert to the driver when there is only five minutes left on the meter.  This is especially handy if in a meeting or running errands and drivers are unable to get back to the meter to add more money.  It's simple – just call up the app and add more time.  The contract will run for the next two months and could be extended if public feedback remains positive.

Do not forget to download ‘Park Genius' and use it next time they are downtown or at the U of A.  The meters are located in the following five locations:

University between Park and Euclid

Campus Recreation Center

Eller School of Business

Scott between Broadway and Pennington

Alameda between Toole and I-10

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