No quarters? No problem - Passport Parking app allows drivers to pay with their smartphone

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Drivers in Iowa City can now use smart phones, tablets, and other devices to pay for parking.

An app called Passport Parking allows people to enter their parking space number and the amount of time they want to be there. Then the app feeds the information to city parking enforcement officers who can verify if a payment's been made. Drivers can add time remotely and don't have to worry about carrying change to plug the meters.

"We hear, in the parking and transportation office, pretty frequently - I don't have change or where can I get change for my dollar or my five dollar bill, and this is our way to solve that. It's a convenience for our customers" said Jim Sayre, an associate director of parking and transportation at the University of Iowa.

This new payment method works for all the city's metered parking spaces and the Chauncey Swan and Harrison Street Parking ramps.