OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and the city of Oxford are launching the PassportParking app this month, giving drivers the luxury of paying for parking from their smartphone. Passport will be available at all metered spaces on campus and throughout the city.
The app is designed to make driving around the Oxford area more convenient by allowing drivers to use a smartphone or tablet to pay for a parking session, rather than pulling out change or a credit card after parking.
“The city of Oxford has been working toward improvements in our parking program, so the addition of a mobile payment option was a natural progression for us,” said Matt Davis, Oxford parking director. “We found Passport to be the best solution for our parking environment, and with the launch at Ole Miss, it makes this transition seamless.”
The app also sends reminder notifications to drivers before the end of their parking sessions so they have a chance to extend the session and avoid parking tickets. It also keeps track of all user parking history.
“Having the city introduce the same Passport mobile technology as our campus was important to us,” said Mike Harris, UM director of parking and transportation. “Once we decided that we wanted to offer this option for our meters on campus, it made sense to provide the same service citywide from the leader in mobile payments.”
Users can download the free PassportParking app from the iPhone App Store or Android GooglePlay. Following the sign-up process, drivers can type in the zone number found on a parking meter. The zone for campus is 401. Accounts can be managed at http://m.ppprk.com.
“When we can bring a solution across a city as well as its university’s campus, it’s very exciting,” said Nathan Berry, vice president of sales at Passport. “We’re looking forward to introducing this parking solution to the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi.”