It's free now, but the new Downtown Jacksonville parking app could cost $300,000

12:03 AM, Feb 16, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's the tech savvy solution that's supposed to solve the parking problem that drives you mad -- going round and round looking for that golden open metered spot.

But there's more to the Streetline app, called Parker, than you might know.

According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, the installation of the app could cost anywhere from $250,000-$300,000.

First Coast News placed multiple phone calls to the city of Jacksonville to verify that amount, questioning who was paying for it and what would happen with the 99 censors placed in the sidewalk and needed for the app.

But the City refused to comment on camera and sent this statement:

"It is premature to try and identify a funding source at the beginning of this free demonstration trial. At the end of the trial, we will evaluate the program and will determine whether to move forward with a complete program and funding."

"If they've got $300,000 they could use for apps maybe tear down some of these old buildings and put up a parking garage and make the parking cheaper," Benjamin Young, a downtown motorist said.

The cost caught several motorists off guard, the main concern would taxpayers or the Parking Trust Fund pay for the up to $300,000 tab?

But while the cost is creating questions, the concept is still winning over local drivers.

First Coast News

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