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Grand Rapids launches new parking meter smartphone app


The City of Grand Rapids announced a new partnership with Motu, a new app for on-street parking meters. The City’s Mobile GR and Parking Services Department introduced the new application last week.

Josh Naramore is the City’s Mobile GR-Parking Services manager. He says, the new app is consistent with the city’s goal of simplifying the downtown experience for commuters.

“The city’s motto is Motu Viget or Motu Viget, which is strength and activity and Motu means movement,” Naramore said, “so one of the big reasons we wanted to do this is not only can you pay for parking but we are going to be working to allow you to pay for transit and eventually to pay for bike share all within the same application.”

Naramore says one key feature with the new app is the ability to use it without having to provide a credit card.

“So for us that is greater accessibility for a lot of people who are uncomfortable for security concerns and don’t want to use that so you can use the wallet feature and come into our office and we can load it with cash for you on the application.”

Motu replaces Parkmobile, the city’s previous smartphone parking app. The Motu app is free to download through the App Store or Google Play.

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