Upper Marlboro Partners with Passport to Launch New Mobile Parking Payment App

PassportParking® mobile app introduces easier way to pay for parking

Upper Marlboro, MD — Parking just got easier for the Town of Upper Marlboro. The Town will be announcing the launch of a mobile application for quicker parking payments. The PassportParking® app is powered by Passport, the global leader for parking and transit payments across cities and universities throughout North America.

The Town implemented the mobile parking app for a simpler way for drivers to pay for their parking sessions. Drivers can also use the app to:

  • Monitor parking sessions
  • Extend time remotely for the Town’s Church Street parking lot
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts

The app also features a digital wallet, which provides parkers with the ability to pre-load funds using their debit or credit cards to easily pay for future parking. Users can take advantage of initially loading $10 onto their digital wallets and thereafter can load funds in $5 increments to pay for their parking sessions.

“Passport is thrilled to bring our industry-leading mobile pay technology to the Town of Marlboro,” said Sarah Russell, project manager at Passport. “We’re excited to bring a mobile option to the town that seamlessly combines paying for parking to managing and extending a parking session in just a few taps.”

This system comes at no cost to the Town, as users pay a $0.45 convenience fee in addition to the parking rates. The system runs off the existing Town meters, with no need to upgrade the Downtown parking meters.

PassportParking is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at ppprk.com.

About Passport: Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 300 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients. Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com

This morning, Town Public Works installed a Traffic Logix Solar-powered speed sign on Old Marlboro Pike (Rte. 725). This sign both alerts drivers to their speed, while collecting traffic data simultaneously (vehicle count, average speed, speed violators ect). This data will allow the Town Police to strategically deploy officers to enforce the speed when the most violations occur. This speed sign does not issue tickets.

Residents and the public can monitor LIVE Town traffic data gathered by the sign here: https://streetsoncloud.com/…/Town+of+Upper+Marlboro+Traffic…

Over the past few months, the Town of Upper Marlboro has received several complaints regarding feral cats within Town limits. While the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division is responsible for Animal Control within Town limits, below are some steps that can be taken by residents to assist in controlling and protecting the feral cat community within Town.

Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Some are domesticated pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them, the more effectively we can help them, reduce cat overpopulation and protect wildlife. County Code prohibits the feeding of feral cats as it attracts other wildlife prone to carry rabies (raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes).

 

Where do community/feral cats live?

Community & feral cats typically live in a colony—a group of related cats. The colony occupies and defends a specific territory where food (a restaurant dumpster or a person who feeds them) and shelter (beneath a porch, in an abandoned building, etc.) are available. Although feral cats may be seen by people who feed them, strangers may not realize that feral cats are living nearby because they rarely see them. Stray cats tend to be much more visible, may vocalize and may approach people in search of food or shelter. Stray cats may join a colony or defend a territory of their own.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
TNR is a nonlethal strategy for reducing the number of community cats and improving the quality of life for cats, wildlife and people. At its most basic, TNR involves:

  • Humanely trapping community cats
  • Spaying or neutering them
  • Vaccinating them against rabies
  • Surgically removing the tip of one ear (a “tipped” ear is the universally-recognized sign of a cat who has been spayed or neutered)
  • Returning the cats to their home

Information provided by: The Humane Society of the United States website

Town residents are encouraged to participate in a TNR program, especially if they provide for feral cats.

 

Below are some locations which offer TNR services: 

The Spay Spot
http://www.thespayspot.org/
3750 Brown Statiion Rd
301-254-8151

Bowie CLAW
http://www.bowieclaw.org/
Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare
P.O. Box 116
Bowie, Maryland 20719-0116
bowieclaw@gmail.com

Rock Creek Cats
http://www.rockcreekcats.org/
P.O. Box 203
Garrett Park, MD 20896-0203

 

Be sure to follow these Emergency Preparedness Safety Tips provided by the Greater Upper Marlboro CERT Team and http://do1thing.com

 

GOAL FOR SEPTEMBER: Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand, and act on information received in an emergency.Getting correct information during an emergency is the key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive, understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be safe in an emergency.

Things to consider…

  • Emergency news or weather broadcasts may not be closed captioned.
  • Information that is shown on screen may not be spoken aloud.
  • Automated voices and voices over loud speakers may be hard to understand.
  • Information comes quickly and the stress of a disaster may make it hard to understand or remember instructions.
  • Words moving across the bottom of a television screen may move very quickly.
  • The screen color or color of the text might make some information on television hard to read.

Town Offices will be CLOSED on Monday September 4th, 2017, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday September 5th at 9am. 

ALL REFUSE (Residential Trash, Bulk Trash, & Yard Waste) WILL BE COLLECTED ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5th, 2017. 

 

The Board of Town Commissioners and Staff wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend

 

The Town of Upper Marlboro Police Department has FREE Child Identification Cards available at Town Hall for residents and visitors to pick up during office hours. Pick one up today!

14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro MD 20772 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, internet, and email, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home, cordless phones, internet, and email will not work either.

Visit http://do1thing.com/topics/communication for additional information and tips!

Tasks:

  • Have a phone with a cord and a car charger for your cell phone standing by in case of a power failure.
  • Develop a plan for how your family will stay in touch during a disaster.
  • Program In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers into all family cell phones.

Below is the Town’s Schedule for the Fourth of July Holiday:

Monday July 3: Bulk Trash, Yard Waste & Residential Trash collected as normal in the morning. Please have refuse at the curb by 7am. Town Offices close early at 1pm.

Tuesday July 4– Offices Closed, Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday July 5– Offices open at 9am.

The Board of Town Commissioners and Staff wish everyone a Happy and Safe Fourth of July! 

 

The Town of Upper Marlboro would like to remind residents to regularly mow their property to ensure compliance with the Town’s Residential Property Standards Ordinance 2016-03. A courtesy door-hanger notice will be left at properties not in compliance with the Town’s Property Standards Code as an initial warning.  If the code violation is not addressed within a week’s time, a letter will be mailed to the property owner.

Due to mechanical issues with the flatbed truck, the Town has suspend its Flatbed Truck Drop Off program until a replacement vehicle is purchased in July 2017.

As a service for homeowners, the Town allows residents to reserve the Public Works Flatbed Truck over the weekend for loading of acceptable and approved waste materials into the truck-bed for disposal the following Monday. Requests are taken on a first-come first serve basis.

In  the meantime residents are still able to place approved items out for bulk trash collection on Monday mornings.