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Downtown Schenectady parking lots testing smartphone payments

Downtown Schenectady parking lots testing smartphone payments

Passport app to be accepted at two Metroplex surface lots
Downtown Schenectady parking lots testing smartphone payments
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SCHENECTADY — The contractor that operates two downtown parking lots will begin accepting cashless payment through the Passport app in March.

The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority, which owns 13 surface lots and the Broadway garage, announced the deal Thursday. It is a limited rollout designed as a test of Passport, a mobility management company whose technology is used by more than 1,000 municipalities, schools and transportation authorities worldwide. 

The app is available for download on both Android and iOS.

People parking at the Franklin and Liberty streets lot and the Clinton South lot behind Proctors will be able to use the app, Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen said, and they’ll still be able to make cash and credit card payments with the Laz Parking employees who run the Metroplex lots under contract.

Passport is used by cities as diverse as Toronto, London and Los Angeles. It allows users to pay, extend and manage parking with their smartphone, and to receive alerts when their parking times are about to expire.

The Metroplex lots are free for the first hour on weekdays and $1 per hour thereafter. They are free at night and on weekends except during special events.

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