Published on August 3rd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Passport Mobile Payment App Revamps Parking in the City!

Pictured Matt Kennell from the City Center Partnership and Mayor Steve Benjamin.

Columbia, SC – Drivers in the City of Columbia can get ready to pull out their phones to park! With Passport’s mobile payment system, available in early August, residents and visitors can use mobile parking payment technology in all of the City’s 5,000 parking spaces. The app, developed by Charlotte, NC-based Passport, is free to download and gives users a much simpler option than paying at the parking meter.

“This installation of Passport is a large component of the City’s initiatives to revamp our parking program,” said John Spade, Parking Director for the City of Columbia. “We know that parkers in Columbia will embrace this upgrade in technology, and it will make the process of parking one less thing to stress about.”

After thoroughly researching various mobile payment providers through a competitive bidding process, the City selected Passport, the industry leader in mobile payments for parking and transit to provide this service. Passport has successfully launched its mobile payment platform in cities like Chicago, Boston, Tucson, and even nearby in Charleston, SC.

Passport has also launched the City of Columbia’s custom transit mobile ticketing system, called “Catch the Comet,” throughout the City’s bus lines. Through Passport’s partnership with Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority, bus riders are able to pay for their bus pass and display payment directly from the Catch the Comet app on their phone.

“It’s very exciting to bring our service to the City of Columbia’s parking program,” said Nate Berry, Vice President of Sales at Passport. “We’re very proud to be making the process of getting around the City as convenient as possible, whether it be paying for parking or riding the bus.”

Drivers can begin taking advantage of this cutting edge technology in early August. Besides paying to park through the app, users can receive a reminder notification before their session expires, extend their parking session up until the maximum allotted time, and validate their parking at participating locations.

The Passport mobile app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The City’s parking meters will also display signage instructing users to download the PassportParking app. Smartphone users can also use the new service by going to to create their account.

About Passport

Passport is the industry-leading mobile payments company specializing in integrated urban mobility solutions. The company provides feature rich software platforms that offer parking and transit agencies a more effective and efficient way to manage their operations and serve their customers. Passport’s mobile payment systems are deployed in over 1,000 locations in 43 states and provinces across the US and Canada, with clients such as Chicago, Toronto and Boston.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Passport is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital. For more information, please visit


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