Cleveland launching a pilot program using an app to help locate open parking meters.

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CLEVELAND -- Downtown visitors with smart phones will be able to get the jump on available parking spaces.

The City's Division of Parking Facilities is trying out a pilot program using an app. Sensors made by Parker, Inc, will be installed in front of 100 parking meters on Prospect Avenue between East 4th and East 9th streets.

The sensors will transmit the availability of an open parking space to motorists via Parker's Streetline, a free smart phone app.

The city says the app is expected to help reduce traffic congestion, increase parking turnover and provide real time parking data.