Grand Rapids launches Motu – new app for on-street parking payments

Published on June 21, 2018

MOTU ad promoting the parking app

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City’s Mobile GR and Parking Services Department today introduced Motu, a new app for on-street parking payments. Motu replaces Parkmobile for on-street parking payments in the city.

“Our city’s motto is Motu Viget, which means strength in activity,” said Josh Naramore, the City’s Mobile GR-Parking Services manager. “We are excited to celebrate this by making moving around Grand Rapids easier through this app.”

Motu allows drivers to manage their time in the city. The app, developed by Passport – a global leader in mobile payments for parking and transit – provides an easy way to extend parking time. Inside the app, a few quick taps on the user’s smartphone screen can lengthen parking time up to two hours in most locations. Users can extend parking time without added service fees.

The Motu app also has a customized design for Grand Rapids, which eliminates confusion around where users are paying for parking. The app allows users to monitor their parking sessions, view payment history and receive email receipts. 

“When you’re on the go as much as our community is, you want an app that can get you where you’re going quickly,” Naramore said. “Motu offers a type of convenience that appeals to both residents and visitors. We’re also excited to announce that Motu is available in Spanish.” 

As a growing city, Grand Rapids is looking to get ahead of increasing population trends, the housing market and future mobility demands, Naramore said. With the Motu app, the City can continue to support growth and activity while still staying true to its environmentally friendly initiatives. 

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sectors. In Michigan, it is the No. 1 mobile pay provider with more than 2.2 million transactions per year. The auto capital’s mobile pay parking app, ParkDetroit, is designed and powered by Passport. Other Passport-managed apps include Michigan State University’s SpotOn and Ann Arbor’s ePark. The University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the cities Flint and St. Joseph use Passport’s PassportParking® app. 

The Motu app is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users also can manage their parking at

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