ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor residents and visitors may soon be able to find parking through a mobile application.
Miami-based Prked, an online and mobile parking app that allows users to search for a spot or rent out their privately-owned parking spaces for an extra income, is expanding to Ann Arbor, although a date hasn’t been announced yet.
Opening up parking spaces helps reduce the time spent searching for spots and the need for added parking structures, according to a Prked news release.
“Ann Arbor has some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation due to its high population density and universities. That, mixed with the fact that the majority of parking spaces in the area are privately owned, makes Prked the perfect solution to ease congestion and make commutes more enjoyable for the whole community,” the news release states.
Prked also works with business owners to encourage them to list their parking spaces outside of office hours.
Users can search the area they’re visiting through the app and book a space for as long as the owner allows. Available spots will show the cost, duration, reviews and instructions. They can also extend their reservation and view a description of whether the spot is gated, surveilled, has charging stations and more.
Hosts wanting to rent spaces can set their preferred availability and parking rates and track the transaction history in real-time. They will receive 80-90% of the booking payment while 10-20% goes toward Prked, according to the company’s website. But hosts will not be charged additional fees for their listings.
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