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Innovative Parking Technology Helps with Parking in Ellicott City


A new smart phone app that allows shoppers and visitors to Historic Ellicott City to more easily locate available parking with their smartphone is now available. The parking solution called ParkerTM directs travelers in real time to open parking spots just like a GPS provides directions to Ellicott City itself.




Here is a screen shot of Ellicott City from the app (to the right).


Implementing the ParkerTM App is one facet of how Howard County is enhancing parking opportunities in historic Ellicott City. As part of this project, sensors have been installed in each of nearly 600 parking spaces. Motorists can use the app like a GPS device to locate available parking and be informed if it is metered parking or one of 350 year-round, free spots in the city’s six downtown lots. It saves time, gas and the frustration of driving around searching. 

 Ellicott City parking map 

 A larger, printable map showing the parking fees and the location of parking payment kiosks is available.


To download the free ParkerTM app, please visit Google Play or the iTunes Store 


VIDEO TO COME demonstrating use of the Parker app