BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It could be 2017 before the City of Buffalo unveils its long-delayed "pay by cell" program, allowing people to use a smartphone app to pay for street parking.
That's despite Mayor Byron Brown announcing the program in October of 2015. Originally, the payment option was supposed to be available by the spring of 2016, but it's faced one delay after another.
A month ago, Buffalo Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge told 2 On Your Side's Michael Wooten that the City was "working out final details". The Common Council had already voted to allow the administration to sign a contract with Passport Inc., the company that won the bid to operate the "pay by cell" program.
Common Council Member Joel Feroleto, who represents the Delaware District, told 2 On Your Side Wednesday that he was informed by Commissioner of Parking Kevin Helfer that the contract should be finalized next week and that it would then take 45 to 60 days to fully implement the program.
That timeline suggests "pay by cell" might not be available in Buffalo until January 2017, about 10 months longer than the City originally said.