Newton is the latest city in Massachusetts to offer a payment app for the parking meter. Now, drivers won’t need to worry about carrying loose change or cash-- users can pay with their credit card through the Passport app on their phone.
With Passport, users can pay for their parking, keep track of remaining time, and even extend their parking session (up to the maximum allotted time) remotely. The app also offers a digital wallet, where users can upload a balance onto their account starting at $10.
To get started, drivers just need to register for the app. Once parked, users will enter their zone number (located on the meter), length of stay, and confirm their payment information. While this won’t show up on the meter itself, parking enforcement officials can view this on their handheld devices.
The app originally launched at Newton Centre on June 15, and has now expanded its availability to all of the city’s roughly 7,000 paid parking spaces.
Besides convenience for city parkers, the new Passport service will provide city officials with detailed data around parking in Newton. Passport’s real-time parking data has helped cities across the country improve operations and increase parking revenue.
“The launch of Passport’s app is a groundbreaking moment for parking in Newton,” said Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton. “Our drivers now have the most convenient method of payment at their disposal. From an operations standpoint, we now have the ability to collect data that wasn’t possible before and use this to make parking an even better experience for drivers in our city.”
Newton joins other Massachusetts locations who’ve launched Passport’s service, including Salem, Acton, Springfield, Newburyport, and Haverhill. Passport also powers the ParkBoston mobile pay app in the City of Boston.
Passport is North America’s leading mobile technology company specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport's product lines--parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management--collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 20 of the top 50 cities in North America and over 2,000 locations including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, and Portland. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.
Passport is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.