RACINE — The city on Saturday is releasing an app that will allow people to pay for and monitor parking meters.

In a Thursday release from interim Mayor Dennis Wiser’s office, city staff announced Saturday’s debut of PassportParking, an app designed to pay for parking in Downtown, Uptown and West Racine. The app, available for free from the iPhone App Store or from Google Play, will also allow shoppers and patrons to add time to their meter without an extra trip back to their cars.

“With the PassportParking app, residents and visitors have an easier way to pay for parking as they visit our stores and restaurants.” said Mike Maierle, the city’s transit and parking system manager.

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Kelly Kruse, Downtown Racine Corporation’s executive director, said the app’s launch is welcome news.

“Our Downtown merchants are extremely excited to add this to the shopping and dining experience,” she said. “No one has to leave a store or risk a ticket to take care of their meter.”

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According to the release, the app can be used with a credit card or pre-loaded with funds. Frequent parkers can benefit by loading the “digital wallet,” which provides a 15-cent savings on the convenience fee for each parking session.

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The app monitors parking sessions so that shoppers or diners can be alerted when their meter is low and can extend time remotely, according to the release. Users also can receive receipts via email and view payment history for tax or business purposes.

The app works for all city parking meters in Downtown, Uptown and West Racine, whether on-street, in a surface lot, or in McMynn parking ramp. Customers who park in two-hour marked spaces will be able to extend their parking session to four hours and users parked in four-hour spots will be able to extend to eight hours, according to the release.

Other Wisconsin municipalities, including Appleton and Green Bay, as well as many Chicago area communities, use the app, the release states.

For more information on the PassportParking app, visit https://passportinc.com/consumers/.

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