We’re excited to be part of something new in Saint John, something we feel everyone coming to the Uptown will be thrilled about – HotSpot Parking! “Parking, made simple!”
It’s mobile app with a great concept. Rather than digging around for change or your credit card for the parking meter, you use your Smartphone. Remember the winter we just experienced? Simply look for the HotSpot Parking logo on the meter and you’ll know you can use it.
HotSpot Parking doesn’t just eliminate the need for change, it can help you avoid parking tickets, it eliminates the anxiety of constantly checking your watch to see how much time you have left, and it avoids the hassle of running back out to the meter to top up.
When you use HotSpot Parking, the app sends you a text reminding you that your time is about to run out and it gives you the option of adding more time if it’s necessary. You can set it up to remind you 15 minutes ahead of time, then ten minutes, then five. So you know when your meter is about to run out.
It gets better – and this is where Urban Deli helps out and we are happy to be participating in this pilot with HotSpot Parking. If you’re in the Deli and your meter is running down, the application can give you an additional 20 minutes, at no charge to you. Urban Deli takes care of it.
There are many reasons to love this app including one of ours, HotSpot Parking is a New Brunswick company! You’ll find it in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Charlottetown … and it is growing.
Easy to Get and to Use
The HotSpot Parking app is easy to get and is available for most of today’s phones: Android (Google Play), iPhone/iPad (Apple App Store), BlackBerry (Blackberry World), and Windows (Windows Store).
You can also just enter www.htsp.ca on your phone’s web browser. Once installed, you’ll find it’s easy to use:
Arrive at a parking meter or kiosk open the HotSpot app and press “Park”. You will notice that there is a number assigned to each meter/ kiosk, here you will enter the number and find that the first 30 minutes is free. The option to provide a payment method is presented following the use of this free 30 minutes.
Go on your way and enjoy yourself! HotSpot will remind you when your time is about to run out so that you may add more time to your session.
Didn’t use all of your parking session time? Press the timer count down on your app and you’ll see the “refund” button in the top right corner of the app.