Grand Rapids launches new parking app Thursday

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Drivers who park in Grand Rapids are in for changes starting this week.

City officials say they’re switching their parking app service from ParkMobile to Motu.

Like ParkMobile, the Motu app allows drivers to ditch the change and pay for on-street metered parking via their smartphone.

However,  the new app is customized for Grand Rapids, all the way down to its  name. City officials say the app's moniker comes from Grand Rapids’  motto – Motu Viget, meaning "strength in activity."

Motu allows  drivers to monitor their parking meter sessions, view payment history  and receive email receipts. The city says drivers can also extend their  parking time free of cost using Motu.

The Motu app will be  available for Androids and iPhones Thursday, but drivers can continue  using the ParkMobile app for city parking through Monday, according to  Grand Rapids spokesman Steve Guitar. 

In a message to its users,  ParkMobile says it will continue to be accepted at Grand Valley State  University and private parking facilities within the city, as well as  Kalamazoo, Traverse City and Petoskey.

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