ATLANTA, GA – Drivers in metro Atlanta can get one hour of free parking now through Dec. 31 when they download the PayByPhone app for either Android or iOS. Parkers in Atlanta have access to more than 2,700 on-street spaces throughout the city.

PayByPhone provides a convenient and hassle-free parking solution for Atlanta drivers, the company says. Some of the most highly traveled areas include:

  • Buckhead
  • East Central Business District
  • Little Five Points
  • North Midtown
  • South Midtown
  • West Central Business District
  • West End

The app has more than 30 million registered drivers, allowing them to pay for parking with just their smartphone.

“Atlanta and other cities around the world are looking at parking more strategically – clearly understanding the impact of parking on its residents and visitors,” said Roamy Valera, CEO of PayByPhone in a news release. “We strive to bring our experience to our municipal partnerships to deliver a seamless and user-friendly parking experience for the cities and their drivers.”

The app sends text messages automatically when a parking session expires and gives drivers the ability to extend their parking session without needing to return to their vehicle. Drivers can also begin a session without registering for an account, making it ideal for those who are pressed for time.

According to a recent study by City Lab, Atlanta is one of the eight American cities where traffic costs more than $2,000 per driver on average. In many situations, parking challenges contribute heavily to congestion.

“Atlanta is a vibrant, growing hub with millions of residents and visitors driving our roads daily,” said Cynthia Curry, director of Smart Cities for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. “Better parking offerings and services will play a key role in creating a better experience for our residents and visitors and moving our smart initiatives forward.”