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Reston Town Center Paid Parking App Now Available for Download

by Karen Goff — July 12, 2016 at 10:00 am 13 Comments

ParkRTC AppNow available for free download: ParkRTC, an app you are going to need in a few weeks.

Reston Town Center is planning to begin paid parking in its seven garages on Aug. 1. It is encouraging town center visitors to get the free app from Apple or Google Play.

The app, which RTC owners Boston Properties calls a “significant enhancement” for customers, will store your credit card info and will be able to automatically pay for parking, which will cost $2 an hour on weekdays, say Reston Town Center representatives. Weekends, holidays and special events will remain free.

According to Reston Town Center’s FAQs on the subject:

“Reston Town Center has invested in this state of the art, virtual system which will allow you to quickly arrive at your destination and return to your car simply by entering a few digits on your mobile device. The ticketless parking system is based on license plate recognition, making it easier for you to enter and exit Reston Town Center.

A parking guidance system which uses red and green LED-based space indicators and electronic display boards will also guide you to available parking spaces.”

Reston Now downloaded the app, and found it fairly simple. It was easy to add cars (several people, such as family members, can share the same account) and payment info. Left blank was the FAQs section and the privacy policy, which has been a source of concern for some would-be visitors.

RTC says there will be additional ways to pay, including online at ParkRTC.com, using your phone to call and at pay stations in the town center.

Many stores will have validation. Look for a comprehensive list of stores soon. RTC says the validation system “also leverages the same technology the rest of the Park RTC system does and therefore also does not utilize tickets of any kind.”

What happens if you don’t pay? RTC says they will not be towing, but you will get a “notice that will be placed on your vehicle. If you choose not to register, your vehicle will be recorded by the system and subject to future additional enforcement.”

Boston Properties, which owns Reston Town Center, announced in March it was going to a paid parking system in order to cut down on the number of people using the town center garages as commuter parking for the Silver Line.

That news was met with concern from patrons, employees and some store owners. Boston Properties was originally going to charge retail workers for parking, but has since offered them free parking. Some office employees will be offered parking fees paid by their employer as a benefit.

There have been several petitions protesting the move, and many residents say they will no longer visit town center during the week if they must pay.

  • Guest

    Time to start practicing going somewhere besides RTC to shop, dine, movie, etc.

    Need to find new “favs” because RTC is gonna suck.

  • Elite destiny

    App is desighe’d for both iPhone n ipad

  • chmod 777

    hungry for mo

    – identity
    – location
    – phone
    – photos media files
    – camera
    – bluetooth
    – device id and call info

    after this you can park and rest ez.

  • Newport

    So me MUST rely on 1) a Smartphone App – so old people are not allowed at the Town Center – got it; 2) call in to pay? Really? Option to think about “hey how about using a swipe at the gate.

    • JoeInReston

      Article makes brief mention of pay station in town center. If they are smart, and so far we haven’t seen any indication of that, they would place it near the entrance to the parking garages.

  • Nyla J.

    I feel bad for all the people who work at the elite RTC that will have no choice but to participate in this data and money grab charade. At least I can avoid this completely.

  • Robert Mowbray

    I don’t own a mobile device and don’t intend to acquire one. I guess that means that I won’t be able to donate blood at the bloodmobile or attend the free senior movies.

  • meyerweb

    I noticed the ew technology in the garage last week, but didn’t realize it meant paid parking. I certainly won’t be shopping or eating in town center any more. The excuse that this is to prevent commuter parking is bogus. There are other ways to do that. This is about greed, nothing more or less.

    Hopefully th is will impact businesses revenue enough that they pressure Boston properties to stop.

  • Sra

    You can sure bet I’ll be signing the petitions protesting this. I tend to go to RTC to hang out with friends when we are broke, because there are tons of free and fun activities, even if it’s just playing with the giant chess board. RTC is going to lose a lot of business with this move, I hope it doesn’t move forward.

  • David

    Jackson’s says parking is free for their customers as specified in their lease. I am not sure how they will handle that.

  • Dodge

    Karen, you should add the link to the Android version of the app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.passportparking.mobile.ParkRTC&hl=en

  • LL

    Wow I checked out the new apps on Google Play store permissions and WOW does it need a LOT of permissions for just paying for parking. That App has the ability to make phone calls, see all of your incoming, outgoing and missed calls, look at any files and photos on your smart phone and even use your camera. For a simple pay parking app this list of permissions is way to broad and there is no way I would install this app. It is funny that Boston Properties is wanting to gather people parking at RTC personal information.

  • EP

    I am sure One Loudon and Fairfax Corner is going to love the soon to come boost to their business. No way on earth will I be going to RTC during the weeks any more. I have to change apartments in August, and this actually did affect where I decided to live.

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