No coins needed for new parking meters
Drivers can now use their mobile phones to pay for parking in Kennett Square.
A new app from Wilmington, Delaware-based Passport Inc. will allow smartphone and other mobile phone users to pay with a click of a button, a text, or a phone call.
“If you’re in the middle of a business meeting or lunch, you don’t have to run out to feed the meter,” said Emily Wilson, a member of Passport’s marketing team. “We are excited to introduce this new option to Kennett Square parkers. It’s a great alternative for people who don’t carry around change.”
The existing parking meters will still accept change, according to Kennett Borough Manager Joseph C. Scalise. The only difference drivers will notice is a sticker on the meter alerting them about the app.
“We’re just adding on new technology to what’s already there,” Wilson said.
Payments accepted through the Passport Parking app include MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. There will also be a “Dedicated Wallet” option for payment, as well as discount coupons. The parking charge will not be credited until the end of the parking session.
The team from Passport Inc. has been working with Kennett officials since June to institute the program. Visitors to nearby West Chester will recognize the parking app as one that has already been in place there since 2015.
“We hope people who frequent Kennett Square and West Chester will be more comfortable using the app,” Scalise said, adding that the borough first learned about Passport Inc. while searching for app-based parking systems.
Some of the benefits of Passport Parking, according to Scalise and Wilson, include ease of registration and parking history. To register, users enter their email address or phone number; once that is done, they will have the ability to pay for and extend parking times, and also to track where and when they park on an ongoing basis, just by accessing the app on their phone or computer.
The app also offers merchants the ability to validate parking for their customers; something Wilson called a “great way to get local businesses involved.” Merchants can provide a validation code to customers that can then be used to offset their parking costs.
Passport Inc. has launched in Swarthmore and Gettysburg and has provided app-based mobility solutions to cities, towns, universities and other groups in more than 47 states, according to its website.
Cellphones with the Passport Parking app can now be used to pay for parking in Kennett Square.