Electronic iPark Devices Available Again

by ARLnow.com October 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm 8,722 14 Comments

Arlington County has quietly started offering iPark devices again.

The iPark is an electronic gadget that allows you to pay for parking in Arlington by pressing a button and hanging the device from your rear view mirror. The big advantage is the ability to pay for parking by the minute, without having to guess how long you’re going to be in a spot and without having to carry coins or fiddle with those multi-space parking meters.

The county stopped selling iParks last winter, after the company behind the device encountered some financial difficulties. Those problems have since been cleared up, apparently, and the county has started offering iParks to citizens once again.

“Epark, the manufacturer if iPark, has recapitalized and is under new management,” Arlington County Treasurer Frank O’Leary told ARLnow.com. “Accordingly, we are moving ahead full bore.”

The iPark is available for purchase at the Treasurer’s Office at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 215. The device itself costs $20, and prepaid parking funds can be added via cash, check or credit card.

  • MB

    Good. Tho’ I hope they’re planning to do something about being tied to one (apparently unreliable) vendor.

  • Chris

    I bought mine last week! I’m tired of moving my car before 8am after finding the crowded zoned-permit spots all taken the night before. The iPark device automatically starts counting down at 8am, so no need to run out and feed a meter or move my car.

  • R. Griffon

    HIGHLY recommended for anyone who’s sitting on the fence. They’re so darned convenient I can’t imagine ever going back.

    Plus I still get to pay $1/hr. on my old one! 🙂

  • Don Ager

    Do any other local jurisdictions use these? if so, can we use it there as well?
    I don’t like the reload charge tho. Seems not right. EZPass and Metro SmartTrip do not charge for reloading.

    • Chris

      Right now they only work in Arlington (well, the device itself works outside Arlington, but is not effective at detering parking tickets).

  • Alexis

    Why in the world would anyone pay $20 for this when there are perfectly good FREE phone apps (like DC uses!) that perform the exact same function???

    • Joey

      The DC apps are free to download, but cost $0.35 or so every time you use it on (or add time to) a meter.

      The DC app also is a little cumbersome. I don’t have an iPark, but I imagine just pressing a button is a little easier than waiting for the iPhone app to communicate back and forth and authorize a spot.

  • RosRes

    iLove iPark!

  • Brent

    It seems to me that these devices would help reduce the costs associated with traditional meters, and even the multi-space machines. No need to constantly empty change, replace the ticket paper, etc. If this is the case, why does the county charge so much for it? They also charge a fee to add money to it.

    It seems to me that if the county wanted to increase the use of iPark (and therefore reduce costs) it would offer some sort of discount or incentive, similar to the way Metro does bus transfers with the SmartTrip.

    I would love to be able to pay for parking this way, but the added cost isn’t worth it to me. Granted, if I was parking in metered spaces daily, I might feel differently.

  • I park too

    They are great and totally worth the $20(seriously). The problem is the idiot parking enforcement force. I have received no less than 3 tickets from jackass enforcement because they did not bother to read the sign provided to me which I placed on my dash or the device I placed on my mirror. However please contact Sgt. Builder to complain he seems to be the only reasonable person in the department. Although if you call to complain about a ticket you got he says don’t bother filing a complaint because it will only come back to him and ge won’t do anything…

    • R. Griffon

      So what happened in these cases. I’d imagine you should be able to simply take the device in and they can download some sort of log that shows that it was enabled during the time of the ticket. Which is a hassle, and you shouldn’t have to take time out of your day to do so, but at least it’s something.

  • Southeast Ben

    Seems like a decent idea, but I’m with others. Why must I purchase another device. Maybe Artisphere money could be stripped away to develop a free mobile app that would benefit the residents of Arlington.

  • Mike

    Steve Jobs, zombie valet.

  • Luddite

    “Please remember to update your iPark for Daylight Saving Time” – from county iPark page. A device like this should update on it’s own. ALSO – anyone else with ticket problems with this thing?


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