Students, faculty, and visitors at St. Cloud State University can now bypass the parking meter with a new service that enables parking payments directly from a mobile phone.
The university has partnered with PassportParking, a mobile parking payments service, to provide the new payment option for parking spaces throughout the St. Cloud, Minnesota campus.
In addition to allowing drivers pay for parking on the go or from their vehicle, PassportParking also enables a driver to extend their parking session from anywhere using the mobile app, website, or interactive voice system. According to Parking Network, notifications will also be sent directly to users’ devices when their parking session is about to expire.
“The ease that comes with payment via Passport’s service delivers a new convenience and flexibility when it comes to parking,” says Georgian Gross, Parking Coordinator for St. Cloud State University. “Empty pockets or an expired meter is less of a worry. Now, in 20 seconds, parkers can pay or extend their parking session from anywhere on campus.”
To utilize the new service, smartphone users must first download the PassportParking app for iOS or Android devices or register online. Once registered, drivers have the option to pay using the PassportParking app or on the company’s website using a credit or debit card.
When ready to pay, the driver simply enters the zone and space number listed on signage and then select how long they wish to stay. Both the mobile app and mobile website allow drivers to extend their parking session to the maximum time allowed, add or update payment card details, as well as manage notification and receipt options.
Drivers also don’t have to display proof of payment, as parking enforcement officers can view payment statuses using a wireless, handheld device.
The Charlotte, NC-based PassportParking currently operates in almost 100 municipalities, universities and private parking operators nationwide, and is the brains behind ParkChicago, Chicago’s mobile parking payment application.