Thursday afternoon found Danielle Guigli performing a familiar routine: squeezing her Jeep Cherokee into a tight space on Newbury Street, forced by the city’s parking restrictions to hop from one metered space to another all day long.
So the 24-year-old real estate broker was delighted at the prospect of a new mobile app, called Haystack, that will alert her to nearby parking spaces when they become available.
“That would be awesome,” said Guigli, who was not put off by the $3 fee to lock in a space freed up by another Haystack user. “I’d do it.”
But the real owner of those parking spaces, the City of Boston, is not so excited.
Haystack debuts in Boston on Tuesday. Users receive an electronic notification when someone else in the Haystack network is about to leave a nearby public metered or free parking space. The driver giving up the spot gets $2.25, and Haystack gets 75 cents for brokering the exchange.
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