There’s a lot to celebrate in Windsor this season — the City of Windsor marks its milestone 125th birthday, the province of Ontario honors its sesquicentennial and Canada commemorates 150 years as a nation. With the merriment of its anniversaries the City of Windsor takes another leap forward taking its citizens into the digital age of parking. Today, the city announced the arrival of the Passport Canada app. The app allows for users to park using their smartphones at any of the 3,000 parking spaces available in the city —1,500 on-street spaces and 1,500 off-street spaces.
The City of Windsor and Passport, an innovative global leader in mobile payments for parking and transit, have partnered to make parking at this year’s festivities easier. Drivers in the city can download the app and pay for parking on-the-go without having to worry about digging for coins or waiting in long lines at the pay station on a cold day. App users can also receive alerts and notifications about their parking sessions, extend their sessions remotely and view all parking history right from the convenience of their phones. Many area merchants will also offer parking validation codes available to its customers to make holiday shopping easier. Passport’s mobile payment platforms are available in Detroit through ParkDetroit and several cities throughout Ontario, including Timmins and North Bay. Passport also powers the Green P app in Toronto, the P$ Mobile app in Montreal and the EasyPark app in Vancouver.
The city’s supervisor of parking enforcement, Bill Kralovensky, said the app will not replace cash transactions for parking, and those who want to pay for parking the conventional way will still be able to do so.
“The app is another option for drivers and one we feel is more in keeping with the times,” said Kralovensky. “Everyone seems to have a smartphone these days but not everyone has coins in their pocket.”
Passport Client Success Manager Conor Buckley added, “Passport is excited to partner with the City of Windsor on this launch of mobile payment services for parking. Bill and his team are excellent partners and we are proud to provide our technology to parkers in the City.”