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Google Maps just got a killer upgrade to make commuting easier

Starting Wednesday (Feb. 17), Google Maps is implementing payment options on its mobile app to help manage and pay parking fees, the company announced on its blog. The app supports fee payments in over 400 US cities and transport fares found in over 80 worldwide agencies. It’s all in a bid to encourage more contactless transactions in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as these payment options reduce and even eliminate the need to swipe or tap your debit or credit cards.

You can pay both parking meter fees and transit fares via providers like Parkmobile and Passport with Google Pay integration. A “Pay for Parking” button will appear in Google Maps as you reach your destination. Type in your assigned meter number and how long you need to park, and then hit “Pay” to complete the transaction. If you find yourself running out of prepaid time, you can extend your parking session via app without being near the physical meter.

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