The app allows users to pay for parking with their smartphones using a debit or credit card
VANCOUVER — People parking on-street in the downtown and Uptown Village areas of Vancouver, will soon be able to pay to park using Passport’s Parking Kitty app.
Passport originally developed Parking Kitty for the city of Portland, where it is still in use. The app allows users to pay for parking with their smartphones using a debit or credit card. Users can monitor their parking sessions remotely, and the app even “meows” to notify parkers when their sessions are about to expire.
“We were aware of Parking Kitty’s success in Portland and we wanted to bring that same convenience to parkers in Vancouver,” said Steve Kaspan, parking manager for the city of Vancouver. “The ability to pay, receive reminders and add additional parking time, all with your phone, are conveniences we think will be quite useful to our residents and visitors.”
The city of Vancouver will roll out the app incrementally starting in January. After the roll out is complete, all hourly paid on-street parking spaces will be available on the app. To use the app, drivers just need to look for Parking Kitty signs or stickers on their closest parking meter or pay station featuring the block’s zone number. Parking Kitty will replace the Parkmobile app that has previously been available on a few blocks in downtown Vancouver.
Parkers will be charged a 10-cent fee per parking session to use Parking Kitty in Vancouver, which will help pay for the app. Parkers will also still be able to pay to park using existing parking pay stations and meters at the regular price.
“Vancouver was looking for a way to make paying for parking more convenient and Parking Kitty does just that,” said Sam Warnecke, sales executive at Passport, which manages the app. “We are thrilled to see this local favorite begin to expand to other areas of the Pacific Northwest region.”
For more information about the Parking Kitty app in Vancouver, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/parkingkitty.
Passport is transforming mobility management for cities, empowering them to create more livable and equitable communities. Passport’s mobility platform enables clients to digitally coordinate all modes of transportation and implement real-time, data-centric management of their curbside and streetspace through its enterprise software. Trusted by nearly 1,000 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest growing companies on the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists. Passport is backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital, and Relevance Capital. For more information, visit passportinc.com.
Information provided by city of Vancouver.