By Bria Brown

DETROIT (AP) — Upgrades are planned for Detroit’s municipal parking system.

More than 500 parking kiosks will be updated and another 300 new kiosks will be added, the city said.

The additional kiosks will go into existing parking zones and fill in gaps along city blocks.

Pending City Council approval, the system will include an upgraded ParkDetroit mobile app that will allow users to search by events to find the closest and most cost-effective parking, reserve parking in downtown garages ahead of time, and eventually provide users with public transit scheduling and ticketing.

The upgraded system will have the ability to send text messages that alert users of their expiring parking session. The enhanced kiosks will also include touchscreen technology.

“An efficient, comprehensive parking and mobility system helps solve congestion issues and drives economic activity, as residents and visitors find it easier to engage in all that we have to offer as a city through a streamlined, state-of-the-art experience,” said Keith Hutchings, municipal parking director.

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