The city of Orlando launched a ParkMobile app pilot program in hopes of making it easier to find and pay for parking downtown.
Nearly 200 on-street meterless paid parking spaces are set up in the Creative Village area.
"UCF and Valencia are opening their campuses in about two weeks, so, we'll have 7,000 or 8,000 students, faculty and staff here, right where we are, in just a couple of weeks," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.
Dyer said the app will notify users if their time is running out on a parking meter so they can avoid a parking ticket.
"Parking meters aren't the most aesthetically pleasing thing to have in your downtown when you're trying to create a walkable downtown," he said. "If we can have the ability to pay for parking without having the meters, that's a win-win for everybody."
If the program is successful over the one-year study phase, it could be implemented throughout downtown Orlando, officials said.
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