Huntsville, home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, has taken one giant leap into the digital age of parking. Today, the City of Huntsville announced the launch of Passport Parking, a mobile application that allows users to pay for parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.
There will be more than 400 spaces available for easy pay-by-smartphone options in the downtown Huntsville area. Currently, the meters are coin-operated only. In addition to using the app to pay for parking, users can:
• Monitor their parking sessions
• Extend time remotely
• View payment history
• Receive email receipts
“We want to make it easier for customers to pay for parking, and to extend their time without the hassle of returning to a meter,” said John Ashburn, the city’s parking services manager. “The technology provided by Passport will allow Huntsville residents and guests to enjoy our city’s downtown area with more leisure time.”
Passport sales director Kelsey Owen added, “Passport is thrilled to partner with the City of Huntsville and introduce our industry-leading mobile pay technology. We’re excited to bring a mobile option to the City that seamlessly combines paying for parking to managing and extending a parking session in just a few taps."
PassportParking is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at park.passportparking.com. The app is also available in Oxford, Miss., and at the University of Mississippi.
Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 550 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines — parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management — enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Passport has been recognized as one of North America’s fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list and a Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.