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Way-Finding Technology

Find your space in real time safely and effectively! ParkIndy has installed sensors in 1,500 individual parking spots along Mass Avenue, Broad Ripple, and throughout downtown. The installation of this "way-finding" technology is helping to make Indianapolis one of the most advanced parking systems in the United States.

The "way-finding" system uses sensors embedded in the pavement to detect the presence of a vehicle. That information is communicated to motorists via a free smartphone application. Visitors who download the app will have access to a live, real time map pinpointing available parking. Icons note when more than four spaces are available (plenty of parking available), more than two spaces are available (some parking) or less than two spaces are available (limited parking). The app also delivers information about parking space time limits, pricing, and whether meters take credit cards or coins.

The smartphone app called Parker™ by Streeline provides Indy's residents and visitors' real-time insight for finding open parking spaces where sensors have been activated. Parker™ is available now as a free download at iTunes and the Android Market. You can also visit the Streetline website to download the Parker™ app directly:


In the downtown core area, along Massachusetts Avenue and in Broad Ripple, the days and hours of meter operation are Monday through Saturday from 7am to 9pm. The rate for these meters is $1.50 per hour.

The days and hours of operation for areas downtown outside of the core are Monday through Saturday from 7am to 8pm. The hours in residential areas are Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm. The rate for both of these meter areas is $1.00 per hour.

Following is a reminder of the free parking holidays outlined by City ordinance:

  • New Year's Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Free parking holidays are posted on the lower right section of each paybox, and every meter is programmed to prevent payment and display a message that payment is not needed on these free parking holidays.


All parking meters in Indianapolis accept credit card payments in addition to coins and phone payments, making it easier for motorists to park and enjoy the downtown and Broad Ripple areas. The updated system is a mix of single space meters and multi-space pay boxes, providing convenience and reducing street clutter in a thriving metropolis. This innovative technology is environmentally-friendly, depending on solar power and collection/maintenance alerts to reduce ParkIndy’s carbon footprint.

ParkIndy has implemented a state of the art parking system in Indianapolis. Indianapolis is the first city in the United States where all parking meters can both be paid by credit card or phone.

For motorists unfamiliar with how to use the pay boxes, please see this short video:

$20 Million Investment

The $20 million upfront investment by ParkIndy in Indianapolis has been used to spur infrastructure improvements in areas served by parking meters. Further, the City of Indianapolis is leveraging $6.35 million of that fund to spur construction of a new $15 million mixed-use parking structure on the southwest corner of the intersection of Broad Ripple and College avenues. The facility will have 350 parking spaces with retail space and a police substation on the first floor.