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Drivers in Dubuque can pay meters by phone starting Monday

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Beginning Monday, drivers in Dubuque will be able to feed downtown parking meters with their cell phone.

The City of Dubuque is working with company Passport Parking in order to pay by phone.

Passport Parking allows drivers to set up an account linked to their credit card through a phone number or phone application.

Stickers are now placed on city parking meters that contain a QR code and information on how to connect with Passport Parking.

Passport Parking allows users to pay the maximum allowed time at the meter, but charges a 25-cent fee per use.

"This system will also send you a text message 15 minutes before your meter is set to expire to let you know that your time is about out," said Tim Horsfield, parking division manager for the City of Dubuque.

Currently, the City of Dubuque gives about 36,000 parking tickets a year, according to Horsfield. He hopes this new avenue for paying meters will help lower that number.

"Parking tickets are one of those things that aggravate people," he said. "We are hoping that, by providing another avenue for people to feed the meter and provide an extra reminder, we hope the number of tickets that we write does decrease."

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