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Galveston (Texas) Cruise Parking Lots Turn to Court for Tariff Relief
May 28, 2020
A group of parking lot owners who depend on cruise-ship passengers is asking a federal court for a break from paying tariffs to the Port of Galveston while the industry is dead in the water.

New Credit Card Enabled Parking Meters for Nutley (N.J.)
May 28, 2020
Out with the old and in with the new. During the March 3 public meeting, the Nutley Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving the replacement of approximately 300 outdated parking meters. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the replacement project was stalled. The new single space on-street parking meters and accessories were purchased from IPS Group, Inc. in San Diego, California through the New Brunswick Parking Authority Cooperative Pricing System.

City Debuts Touchless Parking App (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
May 28, 2020
The city of Colorado Springs will begin parking enforcement at 2,400 metered parking spaces on June 1, but people who park in one of those spaces will be able to use a new touchless system to pay parking fees. The city’s Parking Enterprise has partnered with ParkMobile to provide contactless payments via a mobile app at metered parking spaces throughout the city.

Brookline (Mass.) To Lift Emergency Parking Rules June 1
May 28, 2020
If you've been enjoying —or not enjoying— parking overnight on Brookline streets, brace yourselves: That's going away next month and points to a bit of normalcy returning to town.

Des Plaines (Ill.) Moving Forward With New 4-Story Parking Garage
May 28, 2020
Despite the negative financial effects of the COVID-19 crisis on some city of Des Plaines projects, construction of a new parking behind city hall, approved before the arrival of the virus, is moving forward.

As Downtown Reopens, Parking Fees Will Be Coming Back (Buffalo, N.Y.)
May 28, 2020
Coming soon to a reopened downtown Buffalo: The return of parking fees. City officials are preparing for the reopening of downtown Buffalo, with a planned resumption of parking fees next week. Fees will restart next month at parking meters and at the city-owned parking ramps operated by Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, but new safety procedures will be in place, according to Debra Chernoff, manager of planning at Buffalo Place.

Sarasota (Fla.) Didn’t Tell Visitors Metered Parking Was Voluntary, So People Kept Paying
May 28, 2020
The city of Sarasota last month said it would scale back parking enforcement in the city during the global coronavirus pandemic. While officials said the city would not shut off its parking meters, they also said they would not tell motorists that paying was optional. The city collected $3,699 in April from visitors to St. Armands and in different areas of Sarasota.

South Main Parking Lot Enhancements Complete in Moultrie (Ga.)
May 28, 2020
After months of construction, a once-blighted area has been transformed into a scenic parking lot in downtown Moultrie. This newly renovated parking lot is in the center of downtown Moultrie. It's a place that provides easy access to the shops and restaurants, and future downtown apartments.

Parking Lot Construction at Intersection of Zaza and Eagle Creek Road in Waha (Idaho) to Begin June 1
May 28, 2020
Parking lot construction on the large parking area at the intersection of Zaza and Eagle Creek Road in Waha will begin early on Monday, June 1 and will continue for two weeks until June 15. The parking area will be closed during this time and motorists should anticipate heavy truck traffic and occasional delays.

Hundreds of Parking Citations Issued Around San Francisco's Ocean Beach Over Memorial Day Weekend
May 27, 2020
The heat over Memorial Day weekend brought so many people to a San Francisco beach that officials had to step in. Parking enforcement officers issued more than 500 citations to people at Ocean Beach who had parked illegally in closed parking lots or along the Great Highway.

East Lansing (Mich.) Offers Free 2-Hour Parking in June
May 27, 2020
East Lansing City Council approved an adjustment to allow for 2 hours of free parking in all gated facilities downtown from June 1 to June 30.

Senoia (Ga.) Taking Comments on Downtown Streetscape, Parking Concept
May 27, 2020
Coming this week to parts of downtown Syracuse: A test of special “grab and go” free parking areas for those picking up their orders at restaurants and shops. Starting Wednesday (May 27), city officials will experiment with designated free short-term parking areas in Armory and Hanover Squares, two of downtown’s busiest dining and shopping districts.

Beers Street Getting Pull-In Parking Spots; Other Streets May Be on Tap in Downtown Port Huron (Mich.)
May 27, 2020
Another block in downtown Port Huron is getting a few extra parking spaces when the city converts a section with parallel spots with angled ones. City Manager James Freed said the restriping on Beers Street between Huron Avenue and Michigan Street is expected to start Thursday, adding another five to seven spaces in a high-demand area near several restaurants and establishments on the north end of Port Huron’s central business district.

Pensacola (Fla.) Mayor Proposes to Take Back Parking From DIB
May 26, 2020
Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is moving to put public parking in downtown Pensacola back under control of the city government. Robinson is asking the Pensacola City Council to vote on Thursday to terminate the 2007 interlocal agreement that gave control of downtown parking to the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board.

Burlington (Iowa) City Council Hears Parking Lot Details
May 26, 2020
Downtown Burlington will be getting a new parking lot, but it won’t result in new parking spaces for public use. The city previously purchased property at the corner of Fifth and Valley streets to turn into a parking lot. Next week, the council will approve plans for the it project. All 91 spaces eventually will be reserved for housing developments downtown.

New Columbia Solar Installs Quest Renewables Solar Carport on D.C. Parking Lot
May 26, 2020
New Columbia Solar installed a 241.2-kW solar system using Quest Renewables solar carport system on a commercial lot in Northeast D.C.’s Ward 5. The solar carport system was constructed and installed in March 2020 and will allow the property to generate an extra $12,000 in lease payments.

Bismarck (N.D.) City Commission Approves Portable Sign Ordinance, Reduction in Required Parking
May 26, 2020
Bismarck city commissioners on Tuesday approved ordinances that will reduce the number of parking spaces that businesses, office buildings and apartments are required to provide, and will change the number of days that a business may display a portable sign on its property.

Major Parking Plan for Uptown Neighborhoods Unveiled (Cincinnati, Ohio)
May 26, 2020
Business and neighborhood leaders near the University of Cincinnati plan to roll out a wide-reaching plan Wednesday to ease parking woes near the growing Uptown institution, with a new study showing demand could be met if the existing spaces were managed more efficiently.

Syracuse Tests New Curbside Parking Program for Take-Out Business
May 26, 2020
Coming this week to parts of downtown Syracuse: A test of special “grab and go” free parking areas for those picking up their orders at restaurants and shops. Starting Wednesday (May 27), city officials will experiment with designated free short-term parking areas in Armory and Hanover Squares, two of downtown’s busiest dining and shopping districts.

Downtown Parking Use Drops Sharply, Recovers Slightly (Boise, Idaho)
May 26, 2020
The number of people visiting Downtown Boise and parking in one of the public parking garages started to increase in recent weeks, but the numbers remain much lower than before the COVID-19 pandemic started to impact Boise. BoiseDev requested parking data from the Capital City Development Corporation for the six public parking structures under its purview.

Indiana University To Start Offering Multiyear Parking Pass Option To Full-Time Employees
May 26, 2020
Indiana University is now offering a multiyear parking pass option to full-time employees on the Bloomington campus. Parking passes are up for renewal in June. The multiyear pass lasts for several years, according to an IU News release, and will be available for EM-P and EM-S permits.

Connecticut State Parks Close as Parking Lots Fill to Capacity
May 24, 2020
With temperatures in the mid-70s, Connecticut residents have taken to state parks to enjoy the weather this Memorial Day weekend. As more parking lots reach capacity, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have begun closing the parks to more visitors. Southford Falls State Park, in Southbury, was the first to close on May 24 at 9:40 in the morning.

Covid-19: Social Distancing Car Park Solution Enables In-Vehicle Queuing
May 21, 2020
Creative Car Park (CCP), a provider of ANPR/ALPR car park management services, has announced the launch of a vehicle based virtual queuing system. CarQ instantly places you in a virtual queue for the shop you want to visit as you enter a car park by using automatic number/license plate recognition. Any driver remains safe and warm within their vehicle, rather than standing in line in what can often be changeable weather conditions.

Full Speed Ahead on NYC Congestion Pricing: The Coronavirus Is No Excuse for Delay
May 20, 2020
In 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted congestion pricing — charging automobiles to enter Manhattan's central business district, and using the proceeds to support public transit — "as an idea whose time has come." With legislation now in place, congestion pricing is scheduled to go into effect in the new year. Recently, however, MTA Chair Patrick Foye suggested that congestion pricing isn't coming to New York City anytime soon.

Government Groups Launch Truck Parking Survey for Northeast Region
May 20, 2020
Truck parking challenges in the Northeast amid the coronavirus pandemic — due in part to shipment type or route changes — are being surveyed by a group of 13 transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations. The survey, designed to take less than five minutes, asks participants more than a dozen questions, including how frequently they make trips to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania; what type of load they typically haul, how their truck movements have changed during the pandemic and where they usually park.

San Francisco Braces for Traffic as Shelter-In-Place Orders Ease
May 19, 2020
San Francisco only has a matter of months to prepare for an anticipated surge in auto traffic that threatens to "gum up" economic recovery efforts as shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, according to The City's top transit official. Even a small shift from people taking public transit to driving cars alone could "completely gridlock the entire transportation system," San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency Director Jeffrey Tumlin said at a Board of Directors meeting.

Is America Headed for a Post-Coronavirus Traffic Apocalypse?
May 19, 2020
America's eerily empty highways could soon become the site of apocalyptic gridlock as people start returning to work but keep avoiding the crowded buses and trains that once took them there. Transit ridership plunged some 80% in major American cities during the peak of the coronavirus shutdowns, according to the transit app Moovit. Individual transit agencies in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., have reported declines of 90% or more.

MGM Resorts Restores Free Parking at Las Vegas Strip Casinos, Resort Fees Remain
May 19, 2020
What was once a perk afforded to Sin City travelers of all walks of life, MGM became the first Las Vegas casino operator to do away with free valet and self-parking back in January of 2016. The owner of the most resorts on the Strip, MGM's parking rates hit as high as $30 per day for valet at Bellagio, Aria, and Vdara. The highest rate for self-parking was $18 per 24 hours. Now, MGM says once the casino resorts reopen, guests will be able to park for free.

Benefits, Challenges of Surround-View Tech for Automated Parking Systems
May 19, 2020
Park-assist and automated parking functions make mundane tasks like parallel parking, parking in a crowded garage or a narrow parking space, or simply finding an available space easier for drivers. Surveys of drivers consistently show parallel parking to be among the most anxiety-inducing experiences we have behind the wheel. Moreover, low-speed car accidents, such as those that occur in parking maneuvers, can be a source of serious injuries that include whiplash, concussions and other soft tissue injuries.

Cleveland (Ohio) Hopkins Airport to Start Charging for Parking Again
May 29, 2020
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will start charging for parking again starting Monday. The airport suspended parking fees in late March, in both an effort to protect employees and because of the dramatic drop in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parking fees are a a major source of airport revenue. In 2018, the airport collected $38 million from parking and ground transportation fees.

Construction of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Airport Parking Garage Begins
May 11, 2020
Beginning today, a portion of the Chattanooga Airport’s short term parking lot will be closed to traffic as construction of the $25 million, four-level, 1,300 space parking facility begins. The short term parking lot entrance on Airport Road will be closed. An alternative entrance across from baggage claim will remain open. Construction of the parking facility is anticipated to be complete within a year with a focus on minimizing disruption.

Airport Concession, Parking Companies Seeking COVID Relief
May 3, 2020
On a recent Monday, a simple sign greeted would-be customers at the shuttered Cantina restaurant in Denver Airport's eerily empty main terminal. "In order to keep our employees and guests safe, we have temporarily suspended operations at this location," it read in part. "We encourage you to enjoy and support any of the great offerings throughout the concourse."

JAX Airport Parking Rates Reduced, Economy Lots to Close
April 27, 2020
Parking at Jacksonville International Airport is about to change as the month of April draws to a close. Beginning on Tuesday, all three economy parking lots will be closed to help minimize the potential spread of coronavirus on shuttle buses.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Offers Free Parking for Medical Professionals Fighting COVID-19
April 17, 2020
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport joins the many companies working to help medical personnel fight COVID-19. “We are honored to offer free parking in any of our five terminal parking garages to eligible medical health care professionals aiding in the fight against COVID-19,” the airport said this week.

Airports Shutter Economy Parking During Health Crisis (Washington, D.C.)
April 6, 2020
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has closed the economy parking lots at both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, and will provide parking at closer-in lots at the economy rate during the COVID-19 public-health crisis.

Local Air Park Offers Itself as Aircraft Parking Haven (Wilmington, Ohio)
April 6, 2020
Wilmington Air Park in Clinton County is offering itself as a haven for aircraft that are grounded during the pandemic. Leaders of the port authority controlling the park say the facility can accommodate large aircraft arrivals and departures and offer temporary space for parking.

Melbourne Airport Now Offers Free Parking Until June 30, 2020
April, 2020
Melbourne Airport has opened the boom gates to its car park, with an unprecedented offer of free parking through until the end of June, 2020. Under normal circumstances the airport rakes in $400,000 a day in parking fees, according to its annual report – but of course, these are far from normal circumstances.

Albany Airport Wraps up $45 Million in Construction Projects
March 31, 2020
The Albany International Airport this week completed its most ambitious construction project in years, but the coronavirus pandemic has rendered it unnecessary for the time being.

Piedmont Triad International Airport Shuts Down Long-Term Parking Lots (Greensboro, N.C.)
March 31, 2020
The Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro is shutting down its long-term parking lots as fewer travelers are using the airport amid the coronavirus outbreak across the country.

Hollywood Burbank (Calif.) Airport Reduces Parking as Pandemic Keeps Travelers Away
March 30, 2020
Hollywood Burbank Airport consolidated its parking to three sites to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said. Lots A and C as well as the airport’s valet service are closed amid a drastic decrease in travelers caused by shelter-in-place orders put in place because of the spreading virus. The employee parking lot is also closed.

Here Is Where Airlines Are Parking All Those Grounded Planes as Travel Dries Up
March 24, 2020
Some of the nation’s busiest airports have become ghost towns, with foot traffic at Los Angeles International Airport dropping 38% in the second week of March compared with the same period in 2019, according to data analytics company Placer.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Sees 85% Decline in Passenger Traffic
March 24, 2020
Hartsfield-Jackson International has seen an 85% decline in passengers, while revenue at the Atlanta airport could be down by 50% or more, according to the airport’s top official. The airport normally has 2,600 flights a day, but that’s down to 1,200 a day, and “those flights are mostly empty” because of the coronavirus pandemic, said John Selden, general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Benefits, Challenges of Surround-View Tech for Automated Parking Systems
May 19, 2020
Park-assist and automated parking functions make mundane tasks like parallel parking, parking in a crowded garage or a narrow parking space, or simply finding an available space easier for drivers. Surveys of drivers consistently show parallel parking to be among the most anxiety-inducing experiences we have behind the wheel. Moreover, low-speed car accidents, such as those that occur in parking maneuvers, can be a source of serious injuries that include whiplash, concussions and other soft tissue injuries.

Cars Could Go Completely Driverless 'Very Soon,' Says CEO of Chinese Autonomous Driving Tech Start-Up
April 30, 2020
The time that cars could go completely driverless is coming “very soon,” according to Jianxiong Xiao, CEO and founder of AutoX, a Shenzhen-based start-up developing autonomous driving technology. Currently, most regulations across various cities in China still require the presence of a safety driver in vehicles, but the company foresees that as more data gets captured over time, that requirement would be reduced, Xiao told CNBC’s "Street Signs Asia."

Self-Driving Vehicles Get in on the Delivery Scene Amid COVID-19
April 29, 2020
Self-driving cars, trucks, sidewalk robots and shuttles are rolling out of the labs and parking garages and onto American streets to help deliver groceries, meals, and medical supplies. Although self-driving car companies have paused on-road testing in the U.S., as it is not considered an essential business, pivoting to deliveries allows them back on the road to gather more data.

Tesla Autopilot Just Reached a Huge Halfway Point Toward Full Self-Driving
April 23, 2020
Tesla has crossed a key milestone in its goal toward offering fully autonomous driving. In a presentation video released this week, the company announced its cars had completed three billion miles of driving in the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. This mode allows the car to complete certain maneuvers like driving along a highway while requiring human oversight at all times, and is expected to gradually develop into a fully-autonomous system.

Tesla’s Auto Park Might Someday Be Better Than Useless
April 22, 2020
Elon Musk has teased a new feature for Tesla TSLA “full” “self-driving” customers known as reverse summon. With reverse summon, you would be able to get out of your car, and then it would drive through the parking lot to find a parking spot and park at it. With “smart summon” the car is already parked, and you command it to leave the spot and come to you.

How Future Mobility Technology May Drive Parking Demand
April 20, 2020
Most experts expect that the part of the infrastructure first and most affected by autonomous vehicles will be parking. By 2025, many new cars are expected to have “autonomous parking,” through which the car will be able to park itself in a parking facility without human intervention, even if the vehicle is not L5—the highest level of vehicle autonomy on a scale of L0 to L5. Many manufacturers already offer some form of parking assistance, including Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Mercedes, Jaguar, Jeep, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

Downsides of Self-Driving Cars Could Swamp Benefits If D.C. Region Fails to Act, Study Says
April 17, 2020
Widespread use of self-driving cars in coming decades will increase congestion and pollution in the Washington region if governments don’t take steps to avoid such consequences, according a study commissioned by the D.C. government. The vehicles could also improve access to transportation and affordable housing, shift tens of thousands of future jobs to the District from elsewhere in the region, and reduce crashes if the technology produces the safety benefits its boosters promise, the study said.

New Tesla Feature Will Let Cars Park Themselves, Elon Musk Says
April 17, 2020
Tesla created a sensation with the release of Smart Summon last year, which allows a Tesla to pick an owner up in some instances and the watchful eye of the owner to ensure everyone's safekeeping. However, the Summon feature could get even smarter by the end of 2020.

Self-Driving Vehicles: Many Challenges Remain for Autonomous Navigation
April 14, 2020
In August 2016, the Ford Motor Company confidently announced that by 2021, it would be mass-producing fully autonomous robo-taxis without steering wheels, accelerators or brake pedals for use by ride-hailing services in geofenced areas. Others expressed similar hopes, but nobody will meet that target. Ambitious plans for rapid deployment of fully autonomous cars have run into unexpected problems, among them stopped fire engines, big white trailers and highway barriers.

Beers Street Getting Pull-In Parking Spots; Other Streets May Be on Tap in Downtown Port Huron (Mich.)
May 27, 2020
Another block in downtown Port Huron is getting a few extra parking spaces when the city converts a section with parallel spots with angled ones. City Manager James Freed said the restriping on Beers Street between Huron Avenue and Michigan Street is expected to start Thursday, adding another five to seven spaces in a high-demand area near several restaurants and establishments on the north end of Port Huron’s central business district.

ParkHub and SpotHero Team Up to Promote a Contactless Event Parking Experience
May 26, 2020
ParkHub and SpotHero, leaders in digital parking solutions, have joined forces to promote a contactless, frictionless parking experience for fans and guests. The companies' integrated technology solution allows venues to sell parking in advance of events, swiftly authenticate digital passes onsite, and manage parking demand during operations. As part of the promotion, SpotHero is offering ParkHub clients up to 50% off their standard rate for a limited time.

Syracuse Tests New Curbside Parking Program for Take-Out Business
May 26, 2020
Coming this week to parts of downtown Syracuse: A test of special “grab and go” free parking areas for those picking up their orders at restaurants and shops. Starting Wednesday (May 27), city officials will experiment with designated free short-term parking areas in Armory and Hanover Squares, two of downtown’s busiest dining and shopping districts.

Kovac Pushing Ascension To Improve East Side Parking (Milwaukee, Wis.)
May 22, 2020
Alderman calls garage design an abomination, wants better signage to let public know of free parking above Whole Foods.

Providence (R.I.) Opens up Free Parking in Business Districts
May 22, 2020
Starting Friday, the city of Providence will offer two-hour free parking in designated commercial districts through July 31. The free, two-hour parking will be available every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the following locations.

New Downtown Circa Casino Will Have State-Of-The-Art Parking Garage (Las Vegas, Nev.)
May 21, 2020
The Circa Resort & Casino, currently under construction in downtown Las Vegas, will have a state-of-the-art smart-sensor system in its 9-story parking garage. According to a news release, Park Assist has been awarded a contract for the parking guidance system that will be in the Circa Garage Mahal.

Parking Spaces All Over Norfolk (Va.) Become Restaurant Patios, Boush Street Transforms to Offer Parking
May 21, 2020
A consortium of city and private agencies have banded under the name OpenNorfolk to help businesses transform their parking lots, sidewalks and streets into outdoor dining areas in compliance with local regulations.

East Lansing (Mich.) Looking to Offer Free Parking Downtown
May 21, 2020
The city of East Lansing is making changes to encourage people to frequent its downtown businesses as they start re-opening. City council plans to start offering free parking. The East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem,, Aaron Stephens,, said they're also working to create outdoor 'food court zones' that would allow for social distancing.

Government Groups Launch Truck Parking Survey for Northeast Region
May 20, 2020
Truck parking challenges in the Northeast amid the coronavirus pandemic — due in part to shipment type or route changes — are being surveyed by a group of 13 transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations. The survey, designed to take less than five minutes, asks participants more than a dozen questions, including how frequently they make trips to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania; what type of load they typically haul, how their truck movements have changed during the pandemic and where they usually park.

MGM Resorts Restores Free Parking at Las Vegas Strip Casinos, Resort Fees Remain
May 19, 2020
What was once a perk afforded to Sin City travelers of all walks of life, MGM became the first Las Vegas casino operator to do away with free valet and self-parking back in January of 2016. The owner of the most resorts on the Strip, MGM's parking rates hit as high as $30 per day for valet at Bellagio, Aria, and Vdara. The highest rate for self-parking was $18 per 24 hours. Now, MGM says once the casino resorts reopen, guests will be able to park for free.

City of Orlando’s (Fla.) Community Redevelopment Agency Launches “Park DTO” Parking Validation Program
May 11, 2020
The City of Orlando has just approved a program proposed by the Community Redevelopment Agency that would temporarily fund parking costs in the downtown area to encourage consumer spending and increase visitation to downtown businesses.

City Launches New Initiative to Ease Parking for Curbside Pickups (Orillia, Calif.)
May 11, 2020
The City of Orillia has launched a new Shop Local parking initiative to assist both businesses and customers carry out curbside pick-up starting today.

Parking Lot Dining Part of Temporary Executive Order in Jeffersontown (Ky.)
May 11, 2020
Parking lots can be used as dining areas in Jeffersontown, according to an Executive Order. Jeffersontown mayor Bill Dieruf announced plans to sign a temporary Executive Order to assist with restaurant capacity once the businesses are able to reopen on May 22.

To Survive Coronavirus, San Francisco Restaurants Could Take Over Parking Spots, Outdoor Plazas
May 7, 2020
The future of San Francisco restaurants could see dining rooms spill out onto parking spaces, alleyways and public plazas — that’s the hope of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, and the idea is already gaining traction with city leaders.

North Charleston (S.C.) Allows Park Circle Restaurants to Use Parking Spaces for Dining
May 7, 2020
Starting Thursday, restaurants in Park Circle have the option to expand their outside dining areas into the parking spaces out front to accommodate more guests. Some businesses plan to expand this weekend, while others remain hesitant to set up beyond the curb.

Village to Make Designated Parking Spot for Curbside Pickup (Springville, N.Y.)
May 7, 2020
The Village of Springville Board of Trustees, at its May 4 meeting held via teleconference, discussed the idea of having a designated parking spot in the Municipal Parking Lot that can be used by Main Street businesses for curbside pickup.

Dining in the Parking Lot? Duluth (Minn.) Hoping to Relax Outdoor Rules for Restaurants
May 7, 2020
Local officials are hoping to roll back regulations to give businesses extra leeway to use sidewalks and private parking lots as they adapt practices amid the ongoing pandemic.

Pensacola (Fla.) Mayor Says Restaurants Can Open up Parking Lots to Outdoor Seating
May 6, 2020
The City of Pensacola wants restaurant owners to do what they need to do to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said in a Facebook Live press conference Wednesday the city would be more lenient on parking requirements during May so restaurant owners can open up their parking lots to customer seating.

Metropolitan Planning Commission Board to Hear Superior Grill Rezoning Request for Parking Lot Expansion (Shreveport, La.)
May 5, 2020
A rezoning request from the owner of Superior Grill on Line Avenue will be heard by the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) Board of Shreveport-Caddo Parish on Wednesday. “Superior Grill is trying to rezone the property they own for a parking lot,” MPC Executive Director, Alan Clarke said Monday. “Superior has long had a problem because it’s a very popular grill and bar and so they’ve had problems with parking and with people parking on the street and so forth. It’s also a safety issue. That means that people are parking in the neighborhood.”

Orlando (Fla.) Restaurants Can Expand Seating Into Private Parking Lots, Mayor Dyer Announces
May 4, 2020
As businesses start to reopen on Monday under Phase 1 of the state's plan, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has made several changes to city code to help local businesses operate under the new guidelines. Mayor Dyer announced on Monday morning that effective immediately, Orlando restaurants may expand seating into private parking lots.

Carolina Beach (N.C.) Begins Opening Some Beach Parking, Metered Spots
May 4, 2020
The Town of Carolina Beach announced Monday that it has opened select parking lots and metered spots. One Carolina Beach business owner says after a busy weekend he believes more parking spaces means potentially even more business.

Collier County (Fla.) Commissioner Wants Restaurants to Have Parking Lot Seating
May 1, 2020
A Collier County commissioner said she wants to make a vote allowing restaurants in Collier to have the option to have parking lot seating, in addition to patio and indoor seating at 25 percent capacity.

Mobile (Ala.) Mayor Wants to Get Restaurants Running, May Use Parking Lots and Streets
May 1, 2020
After being closed for nearly six weeks, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson wants city restaurants to reopen safely and may take an innovative approach. “We’re working on some things,” said Stimpson in his Thursday afternoon press conference to the city. “Because they don’t have the capacity on the inside of the restaurant, is there something we can do to allow them to maybe set up on the outside of the restaurant, in the street maybe if it’s on Dauphin Street, or a city parking lot, if it’s adjacent to the restaurant?"

Drivewyze Adds Indiana to Rest Area Alerts – Provides Number of Parking Spots Available
April 28, 2020
Fleets utilizing Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass, and its included Drivewyze Safety Notifications service, now have in-cab notifications to inform drivers of the number of parking spots available at 10 rest areas throughout Indiana.

Trucker Tools Adds SecurSpace to App, Expands Overnight Parking Sources for Nation’s Truck Drivers
April 28, 2020
Trucker Tools , which provides real-time shipment visibility, trip planning, freight-matching and automated booking tools for freight brokers and small-fleet truckload carriers, announced today a strategic engagement with SecurSpace, which operates an online marketplace that connects businesses looking for parking and storage options to property owners with dedicated or excess capacity.

New Love’s Locations in Illinois and Michigan Add a Total of 201 Truck-Parking Spaces
April 27, 2020
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is now serving customers in Sauget, Illinois, and Watertown Township, Michigan, with two new travel stops. The Sauget store, located off Interstate 255, adds 55 jobs and 85 truck-parking spaces to St. Clair County. The Watertown Township store, located off Interstates 69 and 96, adds 85 jobs and 116 truck-parking spaces to Clinton County.

Park City’s (Utah) Controversial Drop-And-Load Zones Remain Suspended Indefinitely
April 27, 2020
Park City officials suspended the controversial drop-and-load parking program in the Main Street core amid the steep decline in business as the novel coronavirus spread, and City Hall said this week there is no timeline for further talks about whether it will return.

Michigan Closes Parking and Restrooms at Five Welcome Centers
April 27, 2020
The Michigan Department of Transportation is shutting down restroom facilities and parking at five welcome centers due to budget constraints because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

City to Consider Allowing Church Parking Lot Use for Brewpub (Hagerstown, Md.)
April 27, 2020
The Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals could hold a special meeting to decide whether a proposed downtown brewpub will be allowed to use a nearby church parking lot or receive a special exception for no street parking.

Kaimuki Businesses Convince City to Postpone Renovation of Municipal Parking Lot (Honolulu, Hawaii)
April 20, 2020
A major parking lot renovation in Kaimuki has been rescheduled for January 2021 after business owners — already struggling amid the pandemic — complained. City officials announced the $2.1 million improvement project in February.

NYC Opens Temporary Overnight Parking for Truckers Hauling Essential Products for COVID-19 Relief
April 20, 2020
The New York City Department of Transportation has opened two temporary overnight parking locations to assist drivers hauling COVID-19 relief and essential products. The rest areas are located in Hunts Point and Staten Island.

La Capitol Federal Credit Union Buys Downtown Land for Parking, Future Growth (Baton Rouge, La.)
April 20, 2020
La Capitol Federal Credit Union has purchased a dilapidated building in downtown Baton Rouge with plans to demolish it and use the space for employee parking.

Drivewyze Expands Rest Area Parking Notifications
April 20, 2020
Drivewyze announced it expanded its notifications of temporary rest area parking to include Arizona, Virginia and Ohio. Arizona recently opened two temporary sites, and Virginia is now allowing long-term parking at 10 weigh stations. In Ohio, the state department of transportation requested Drivewyze provide messaging to truckers as an extension of the state’s decision to keep all rest areas open, patrolled and safe, according to the Dallas-based company.

Trailer-Lot Company Now Offers Overnight, Monthly Parking for Commercial Trucks (Houston, Texas)
April 20, 2020
Commercial truck drivers now have a new option for safe overnight parking in Houston, and the service is expected to soon be expand into other areas.

DC Alters Parking Near Restaurants and Hospitals During Pandemic
April 19, 2020
Emergency “No Parking” signs have sprouted up in D.C. near restaurants and hospitals as city officials try to adjust the roadways to fit life during the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Marootian, director of the District Department of Transportation, said the agency is working with local businesses, ANC representatives, the D.C. Hospital Association and Washington Business Improvement Districts to determine the evolving requirements of specialized parking because of COVID-19.

Revised Parking Code to Ease Integration of New Business in Downtown Sandy (Ore.)
April 17, 2020
Parking requirements in Sandy are changing. While the code changes Sandy City Council approved Monday, April 6, won't affect time limits as currently signaled on public lots and streets, it could be a game changer for commercial businesses looking to locate in Sandy, especially in the downtown core.

Jackson (Wyo.) Makes Changes to Parking Structure Rules
April 15, 2020
The Town of Jackson is making some changes to the rules at the Parking Garage it hopes will make more space available for downtown workers and shoppers. Public Works Department crews are removing "Taxi 2 Fly" parking signs at the structure on the corner of South Milward and West Simpson Streets. The spaces will now be opened to all members of the public. A 2019 parking study recommended the move to convert the upper portions of the parking garage to 48-hour public parking. The intended outcome is to increase parking availability in the garage that can be used by employees, customers, and visitors.

Strafford, Mo. Business Offers Free Parking for Truck Drivers
April 15, 2020
As we all try to stock up on the necessities so we can stay at home, truck drivers are working long hours keeping stores stocked. And with more trucks on the road, drivers are seeing fewer parking spots. Bob's Parking offers nightly and monthly parking for trucks. It opened in January off of I-44 in Strafford. The business is now offering free semi parking during the pandemic.

Free On-Street Parking for Downtown Akron (Ohio) Patrons
April 14, 2020
With few employees reporting to work downtown, the city of Akron has suspended metered on-street parking. “Given that most of the businesses are closed, we felt it would make it more convenient for those people who were stopping downtown to get carry out, et cetera, to park short-term at a meter for free,” said Ellen Lander Nischt, press secretary for Mayor Dan Horrigan.

Charlottesville (Va.) Businesses Donate Parking Spaces Thanks to Local Researcher
April 14, 2020
Some Charlottesville businesses are opening up their parking lot to frontline employees amid the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a local researcher. Mara Konar, a clinical lab scientist at the University of Virginia Health System's Microbiology and Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratories, initiated the idea. She got local businesses, organizations and other individuals to provide parking spaces to her fellow employees who were using various forms of transportation like taking the shuttles to get to and from their parking locations.

Freightwaves Survey Highlights Parking, Driver Treatment Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
April 13, 2020
While the federal government has deemed the majority of the nation’s truck drivers “essential” to delivering critical medical and food supplies amid the global coronavirus pandemic, some truckers say its a mixed bag when it comes to treatment at shippers and receivers. However, some truck drivers say many shippers and receivers are stepping up and thanking them for their dedication to hauling the nation’s goods amid the coronavirus pandemic.

City Offers Parking Spots for Take-Out (Lowell, Mass.)
April 13, 2020
Of the many challenges restaurants are currently facing, the city of Lowell is trying to make sure downtown parking woes are not among them. Last month, the city started the “restaurant relief program,” which allows businesses to apply for a meter bag to secure a parking spot dedicated to pick-up. So far three have signed up and the city is working with several others, according to city spokesman Phil Geoffroy.

Full Speed Ahead on NYC Congestion Pricing: The Coronavirus Is No Excuse for Delay
May 20, 2020
In 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted congestion pricing — charging automobiles to enter Manhattan's central business district, and using the proceeds to support public transit — "as an idea whose time has come." With legislation now in place, congestion pricing is scheduled to go into effect in the new year. Recently, however, MTA Chair Patrick Foye suggested that congestion pricing isn't coming to New York City anytime soon.

San Francisco Braces for Traffic as Shelter-In-Place Orders Ease
May 19, 2020
San Francisco only has a matter of months to prepare for an anticipated surge in auto traffic that threatens to "gum up" economic recovery efforts as shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, according to The City's top transit official. Even a small shift from people taking public transit to driving cars alone could "completely gridlock the entire transportation system," San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency Director Jeffrey Tumlin said at a Board of Directors meeting.

Chestnut Street Changes, Aimed at Reducing Traffic Congestion, Made Permanent (Philadelphia, Pa.)
April 24, 2020
A plan to tackle traffic congestion and improve SEPTA service on a busy Center City street is here to stay. Adjustments to parking and loading regulations along Chestnut Street will be made permanent following successes seen during a six-month pilot, according to the city’s recently released evaluation of the project. But it’s not the only solution to Chestnut’s congestion woes.

Congestion Pricing Suspended on Bay Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.)
April 22, 2020
The Bay Area Toll Authority voted to suspend weekday congestion pricing on the Bay Bridge indefinitely during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Vehicle traffic has dropped significantly across all seven state-owned toll bridges in the Bay Area due to the pandemic and the resulting local and state shelter-in-place orders. Traffic on the Bay Bridge specifically has fallen by about half compared to last year since the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order took effect March 17.

Congestion Prompts Parking Ban Near Southington's Crescent Lake (Southington, Conn.)
April 20, 2020
Residents eager to get outside during Sunday's warm weather were apparently too zealous and clogged up one area of Southington, leading to a parking ban, police said.

Pandemic or No Pandemic, Portland, Oregon, Wants a Future With Fewer Cars
April 13, 2020
These days, the streets around Portland, Oregon, like those everywhere, are virtually barren on account of COVID-19. But in more normal times, Portlanders are accustomed to constant backups: On a single afternoon last July, the police response to a mental health incident completely shut down one direction of a major downtown freeway; fallen trees and power lines wreaked havoc a few miles south of town; and a fatal crash roiled neighboring Clackamas County.

N.Y.’s Changed Streets: In One Spot, Traffic Speeds Are Up 288%
April 9, 2020
Traffic at New York City’s busiest bridges and tunnels has plunged nearly 60 percent. Rush-hour speeds have soared 288 percent on one of the city’s most clogged arteries — the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway — to 52 mph from 13 mph. Even the air is cleaner, with levels of particulate matter, which contribute to health problems including lung cancer and heart attacks, plunging as much as 35 percent across the city.

Traffic Problems to Propel Growth of Intelligent Transport System Market
April 6, 2020
The intelligent transport system (ITS) market is forecast to grow by $32.47 billion between 2020 and 2024, due to increased traffic congestion and road accidents, a new study finds. The predicted growth of smart cities during the forecast period is expected to have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly.

State to Let Crisis-Era MTA Tap Uncertain Congestion Pricing Revenue for Daily Operations
April 1, 2020
New York state is poised to let the nation’s biggest mass transit system tap revenue from the nation’s first congestion pricing scheme to run its daily operations — though it's unclear if that congestion pricing scheme will ever materialize. The state budget that New York lawmakers are now finalizing would allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to use revenue from prospective vehicle tolls in the Manhattan central business district to help fill the gaping financial hole left by the coronavirus pandemic.

Can Technology Reduce Curbside Congestion?
March 27, 2020
Curbs can suffer from tremendous congestion, due to the fact that there are many different parties competing to use the same space. These include everything from delivery vans to buses to personal vehicles. One pioneering company has launched a solution designed to help cities deal with this type of traffic challenge.

Downtown Parking Use Drops Sharply, Recovers Slightly (Boise, Idaho)
May 26, 2020
The number of people visiting Downtown Boise and parking in one of the public parking garages started to increase in recent weeks, but the numbers remain much lower than before the COVID-19 pandemic started to impact Boise. BoiseDev requested parking data from the Capital City Development Corporation for the six public parking structures under its purview.

Covid-19: Social Distancing Car Park Solution Enables In-Vehicle Queuing
May 21, 2020
Creative Car Park (CCP), a provider of ANPR/ALPR car park management services, has announced the launch of a vehicle based virtual queuing system. CarQ instantly places you in a virtual queue for the shop you want to visit as you enter a car park by using automatic number/license plate recognition. Any driver remains safe and warm within their vehicle, rather than standing in line in what can often be changeable weather conditions.

Drive-Thru, Walk-Up Virus Testing Coming to University of Nevada, Las Vegas Parking Garage
May 20, 2020
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Orleans will move to UNLV’s Tropicana Avenue parking garage next to the Thomas & Mack Center starting Wednesday, Clark County officials said.

Is America Headed for a Post-Coronavirus Traffic Apocalypse?
May 19, 2020
America's eerily empty highways could soon become the site of apocalyptic gridlock as people start returning to work but keep avoiding the crowded buses and trains that once took them there. Transit ridership plunged some 80% in major American cities during the peak of the coronavirus shutdowns, according to the transit app Moovit. Individual transit agencies in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., have reported declines of 90% or more.

Towne Park Introduces Safe 360™ Comprehensive Health, Safety & Sanitation Program and Standards
May 7, 2020
Towne Park’s industry leading comprehensive health, sanitization and safety assurance solution provides hotels, hospitals, staff and customers the confidence that Towne Park services are consistently delivered safely and with care. Safe 360™ follows best practices in health, cleanliness and safety based on recommendations from leading health experts to ensure the wellbeing and trust of all those that enter your doors.

Mars (Pa.) Area High School Planning To Hold Drive-In Graduation Ceremony In Campus Parking Lots
May 6, 2020
Mars Area High School will be holding a graduation ceremony where everyone except the graduates will have to stay in their cars.

Minneapolis Technology Company Launches Breakthrough Health Safety Kiosk that helps Mitigate Spread of Covid-19
May 4, 2020
Municipal Parking Services, Inc. (MPS) today announced the launch of the first and only automated system to help mitigate the asymptomatic spread of Covid-19 on private and public premises through the detection of elevated temperatures, audited hand sanitation and entry access control.

Manitou Springs (Colo.) Using Parking Revenues to Buy Protective Equipment for Local Businesses
April 28, 2020
With business starting to return next week in Colorado, so are the parking fees in Manitou Springs -- but the small mountain town has a plan that might curb the complaints. Manitou announced Tuesday that all revenues from on-street parking and city-owned lots will be donated for COVID-19 protection equipment for Manitou Springs businesses. The fees will return on May 4.

Curbing COVID-19: How the Parking Industry is Responding and Adapting
April 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to quarantine and shelter-at-home orders, decreasing parking activity and resulting in shutdowns and closures of parking facilities nationwide. From empty garages to micro-mobility service disruptions and lay-offs, now more than ever, it is necessary for parking departments to respond to the needs of the community and help to ensure the safety of their staff.

NYC to Close 40 Miles of Streets to Give Walkers More Space
April 27, 2020
New York City will close 40 miles (64 kilometers) of streets to cars next month to provide more opportunity for recreation and expand space for pedestrians to keep social distance, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The plan’s ultimate goal calls for 100 miles of “open streets,” largely near parks, as well as widened sidewalks and additional permanent bike lanes.

Closing Parking at Open Beaches Unconstitutional (Wrightsville Beach, N.C.)
April 24, 2020
More than a month into the shutdown, the weather is getting warmer, and a lot of people are ready to hit the beach. But for practical purposes, most people can’t. While many local beaches have technically reopened, parking remains closed, and people who live off the island aren’t happy about. WECT spoke to Wilmington attorneys who said the policies are more than inconvenient - they’re unconstitutional. The attorneys say it was government overreach to close the beaches in the early days of the shutdown. Now, they say opening the beach without opening public parking means people who live at the beach are effectively the only people who can use it, and that’s not okay either.

Wrentham (Mass.) Reopening Some Park Parking Lots
April 23, 2020
President Donald Trump said he would be leaving it up to the state to decide when and what to reopen and here in Massachusetts, Wrentham officials say they are opening parts of the town on a trial basis. Some parking lots outside parks are starting to reopen to the public — a welcome move for those wanting to take advantage of the nice weather.

Waiving Parking Fees and Fines During Crisis Could Prove Costly for City (Rochester, N.Y.)
April 21, 2020
The suspension of parking fees and most fines in Rochester as part of the city’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus could cost the city upward of $900,000 a month, a CITY analysis of the city’s budget suggests.

Parking Meters in St. Louis City to Remain Free as COVID-19 Lockdown Continues
April 21, 2020
Parking meters in St. Louis City will continue to be free in St. Louis City due to COVID-19 concerns, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones announced Tuesday. In addition, Jones' office says no parking tickets will be written and penalties will be frozen through May. Hearings about parking tickets are also still on hold.

Pennsylvania Lawmaker to Introduce Legislation to Require Parking Authorities to Refund or Credit Parking Fees During COVID-19
April 21, 2020
A state lawmaker wants to require parking garages to refund or issue a credit to people who are working remotely because of COVID-19.

Golden Gate Bridge Parking Lots Closed
April 21, 2020
Parking lots at the Golden Gate Bridge closed Monday as a precautionary measure to avoid crowding during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place public health orders, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District said.

Walker Offers Solutions to Mount Sinai Amidst COVID-19 Crisis (New York, N.Y.)
April 20, 2020
Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is perched at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. With thousands of cases throughout the system, Mount Sinai’s employees are working more shifts and longer hours, upending their normal commutes. As authorities advise that the risk of infection is amplified by being in close quarters with others, many workers who regularly commute by mass transit are instead driving to work in private vehicles. Mount Sinai’s operations team partnered with Walker Consultants to secure additional employee parking options near multiple hospital and medical office sites in three NYC boroughs.

'The Worst-Case Scenario': New York's Subway Faces Its Biggest Crisis
April 20, 2020
The New York City subway system rebounded from the 1970s, when the city teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, crumbling cars routinely broke down and rampant crime scared riders away. It survived the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which led to years of costly rebuilding and service disruptions. And it turned a corner after a spate of meltdowns and accidents in 2017 — including a derailment injuring dozens of riders — that prompted Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to declare a state of emergency.

Indiana Officials Assess Effects on Parking
April 19, 2020
It is not unusual to find much less activity these days in downtown Indiana, not to mention plenty of parking spaces. “I’m sure if you take a walk down Philadelphia Street, it is obviously less,” said Hank Kukula, who marked his first anniversary as borough parking coordinator on April 1. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with stay-at-home orders from Gov. Tom Wolf and businesses being limited to take-out only, it is not a surprise to Kukula and other borough officials.

Demand for Parking in Pittsburgh Lots and Garages Plummets as People Work From Home
April 17, 2020
It may be hard to track down toilet paper or hand sanitizer these days, but there’s one thing there’s no shortage of — parking spaces. From the North Shore to Downtown to Pittsburgh International Airport, parking lots and garages are emptier than grocery store shelves. With stay-at-home orders still in full effect and many people working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, parking operators are staring at a lot of vacant asphalt — with some reporting business down by 80% or more.

“Ever Had Court Weather Permitting?”: East Tennessee Judge Turns Parking Lot Into Courtroom
April 17, 2020
For those without broadband internet or access to technology, the option to work or go to court remotely simply doesn’t exist. A Ninth District judge, born and raised in Roane County, is getting creative to better serve his district. Judge Pemberton isn’t holding court, per say, instead he’s finishing agreed-to matters of the court that can’t be heard inside a courtroom at this time.

Deal on Hold for New Homeless RV Parking Site on L.A. Skid Row
April 15, 2020
A deal for a state-owned lot in downtown Los Angeles to be used as a parking area for recreational vehicles, vans and cars lived in by homeless persons in danger of contracting coronavirus was put on hold for environmental concerns, according to court papers filed today.

COVID-19 Testing Site in Cheektowaga (N.Y.) Walmart Parking Lot Opens Thursday
April 15, 2020
A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open Thursday in the Cheektowaga Walmart parking lot. The site, at 2500 Walden Ave., will serve first responders, health care providers and anyone showing symptoms of the virus. Up to 150 tests will be able to be performed per day.

‘Prayer in the Parking Lot’ Parties Cheer on Houston Doctors, Nurses During Shift Change
April 15, 2020
Nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers wave signs saying thank you to a group of supporters with First Baptist Church of Pearland. The congregants held in-car prayers while they honked and cheered for the medical workers in the visitors parking lot at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Renown Parking Structure Turned 1,400-Bed Coronavirus Care Facility Is Ready for Patients (Reno, Nev.)
April 14, 2020
In just 10 days, Renown Regional Medical Center has increased its ability to cope with the spread of COVID-19 by about 173 percent. They’ve done this by retrofitting the regional trauma center’s Mill Street parking structure into a three-story temporary facility designed to hold 1,400 coronavirus patients at peak capacity.

City of Arcata (Calif.) Uses Dowtown Parking Lots as Temporary Homeless Shelters Amid COVID-19 Emergency
April 14, 2020
Faced with the difficult task of sheltering homeless individuals while ensuring they practice safe social distancing standards amid the COVID-19 emergency, the City of Arcata has closed off two city-owned parking lots — behind the Arcata Transit Center and on the corner of Seventh and G Streets — to provide emergency shelter for the city’s homeless.

Over 900 Verbal Warnings, 299 Parking Citations on San Mateo County (Calif.) Coast Easter Weekend
April 14, 2020
Despite the shelter-in-place order, out-of-area visitors flocked to San Mateo County’s coastal parks over Easter weekend, ignoring “no parking signs” and prompting the sheriff’s office to give over 900 verbal warnings and write 299 parking citations.

Charlottesville (Va.) Businesses Donate Parking Spaces Thanks to Local Researcher
April 14, 2020
Some Charlottesville businesses are opening up their parking lot to frontline employees amid the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a local researcher. Mara Konar, a clinical lab scientist at the University of Virginia Health System's Microbiology and Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratories, initiated the idea. She got local businesses, organizations and other individuals to provide parking spaces to her fellow employees who were using various forms of transportation like taking the shuttles to get to and from their parking locations.

COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to East Syracuse (N.Y.) Walmart Parking Lot
April 14, 2020
A new COVID-19 testing site organized through the New York State Health Department is being set up at the Walmart in East Syracuse, but the Onondaga County Executive suggested Tuesday that the site doesn't necessarily fit into their testing "strategy."

‘Pop-Up Homeless Virus Treatment Center Opening in Las Vegas
April 14, 2020
A pop-up tent complex was opening Monday in Las Vegas to provide temporary shelter, monitoring and treatment for as many as 500 homeless coronavirus patients in need of quarantine or isolation but not hospitalization, officials said. “If we do have to use it, we’re ready. We’re prepared,” Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick told reporters who toured the nine residential and three administrative tents built during the past two weeks in paved parking lots outside Cashman Center.

Update: COVID-19 Testing Site Opens to Public in Walmart Parking Lot (Shreveport, La.)
April 13, 2020
The drive-thru testing site which opened this past week in the parking lot of the Shreveport-Barksdale Highway Walmart for first responders and health care workers is now available to the general public who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Alleviating Stress On The Grid With EV Fleet Adoption
April 1, 2020
The trend toward zero-emission fleets is picking up speed. UPS has ordered 20,000 electric trucks. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has deployed an all-electric bus fleet from Manhattan to Harlem. Los Angeles has committed to an entirely electric sanitation fleet by 2035.

Canton, Ohio, City Council Approves EV Charging Stations
March 31, 2020
The city council granted unanimous approval for the installation of four electric vehicle charging stations located between two city-owned parking lots. The stations will be installed by the end of July.

Buffett-Backed BYD to Supply Electric-Car Parts to Rivals
March 29, 2020
BYD Co., the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by Warren Buffett, will start offering a full suite of EV components to rivals and aspiring auto manufacturers to diversify its revenue sources amid sputtering car demand.

Charging Infrastructure Affected by Coronavirus
March 29, 2020
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, not only are the production lines in most electric car plants at a standstill but now first effects on charging infrastructure are becoming apparent. This concerns both the production of charging points and the maintenance and distribution of the pillars.

More States Charge Fees for Electric Vehicles
March 28, 2020
More states are imposing special registration fees on electric vehicles, sparking complaints that the levies undermine efforts to get consumers to embrace alternative-fuel cars.

Washington Charges Up for Electric Cars
March 25, 2020
Governor Jay Inslee took a few minutes Wednesday to sign an important long-term measure passed by the legislature before the COVID 19 crisis intensified. SB 5811 requires the state’s Department of Ecology to begin a rulemaking for a Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) program.

NCP Withdraws Free Parking Offer for Some Key Workers and Explains Why (United Kingdom)
April 23, 2020
A South Yorkshire Police worker who parked for free at NCP’s car park on Arundel Gate in Sheffield last week and Monday, arrived at the car park on Tuesday to find that it now costs £5 for some key workers to park there. He claims there was a lack of signage at the car park explaining the change in policy. But in response, NCP said the reinstatement of parking charges has been advertised and the firm was forced to act due to ‘business, economic and landlord pressures’.

Walker Offers Solutions to Mount Sinai Amidst COVID-19 Crisis (New York, N.Y.)
April 20, 2020
Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is perched at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. With thousands of cases throughout the system, Mount Sinai’s employees are working more shifts and longer hours, upending their normal commutes. As authorities advise that the risk of infection is amplified by being in close quarters with others, many workers who regularly commute by mass transit are instead driving to work in private vehicles. Mount Sinai’s operations team partnered with Walker Consultants to secure additional employee parking options near multiple hospital and medical office sites in three NYC boroughs.

MedStar St. Mary's Erects Tents in Parking Lot in Case of Coronavirus Surge (St. Mary’s County, Md.)
April 20, 2020
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital began erecting tents in its parking lot on Monday to prepare for a potential surge in hospital demand due to the coronavirus. The St. Mary’s County hospital said in a statement that the tents would be outfitted “with the features needed to provide a safe environment” for patients, but that they would only be used if the hospital’s primary facilities were overwhelmed.

DC Alters Parking Near Restaurants and Hospitals During Pandemic
April 19, 2020
Emergency “No Parking” signs have sprouted up in D.C. near restaurants and hospitals as city officials try to adjust the roadways to fit life during the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Marootian, director of the District Department of Transportation, said the agency is working with local businesses, ANC representatives, the D.C. Hospital Association and Washington Business Improvement Districts to determine the evolving requirements of specialized parking because of COVID-19.

Councils to Waive Parking Fines for Health Care Workers (Melbourne, Australia)
April 12, 2020
Councils across Melbourne will be waiving parking costs for health care workers who need to park near a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Waiving Parking Fees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (Canada)
April 10, 2020
Parking fees are being eliminated for patients at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre until May 31, 2020. RVH has also waived parking fees for staff, professional staff, contractors and community partners. The decision to eliminate parking fees is part of the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak by reducing touchpoints across the health centre, and to limit interaction between patients and parking pay machines or parking attendants.

Niagara-On-The-Lake Lifts Parking Ban Enforcement in Old Town (Canada)
May 11, 2020
As Ontario begins to reopen some retail businesses for curbside pickup, Niagara-on-the-Lake has lifted the parking ban in Old Town that was put in place back on April 30. All on-street metered parking will be reinstated moving forward.

Hamilton Opens Parking Lots Beside Parks and Waterfront Trail This Weekend (Canada)
May 8, 2020
Some parts of Hamilton's Waterfront Trail and parks are reopening to the public this weekend. The city says as of Saturday May 9th, parking lots adjacent to parks will be reopened and the waterfront trail, between Confederation Park and the Burlington Lift Bridge, will also reopen.

Extended Overnight Street Parking in London (Canada) Now Underway
April 30, 2020
London’s overnight street parking ban expired at 5 a.m. Thursday. Earlier this year, city council extended the parking period to between May 1 and Oct. 31, a move that’s in line with many other Ontario cities. Councillor Shawn Lewis led the final political push to extend the parking period.

Vancouver Resumes Parking Enforcement Across the City
April 30, 2020
The City of Vancouver resumed all parking enforcement on Thursday. Enforcement across the city is meant to ensure equitable access to parking for residents and businesses, the city says in a release.

University of the Fraser Valley Staff Donating Parking Money to Help Students (Abbotsford, Canada)
April 28, 2020
A post-secondary school in B.C. is putting a new twist on a lucky roll in Monopoly when it comes to ‘Free Parking.’ “Somebody put up their hand and said, ‘We’re not parking here anymore. We’re working remotely. So why don’t we dedicate what we would have spent on parking to helping students,'” notes Dave Pinton, director of communications for the University of the Fraser Valley.

City Extends Parking and Bus Passes Until the End of May (Beleville, Canada)
April 28, 2020
With the extended provincial restrictions regarding COVID-19, the City of Beleville has extended residents’ March parking and bus passes until the end of May. Those with March parking permits and transit passes may continue to use these passes through until the end of May at which time the situation will be assessed and further action determined.

No Relaxing of Parking Charges, Says Council (Wales, UK)
April 27, 2020
Powys County Council will not relax parking charges and penalties during the coronavirus crisis, it has confirmed. The position was revealed as part of a response by the council’s environment portfolio holder, Councillor Heulwen Hulme, to a request that car parking charges be suspended during the pandemic.

Highland Council’s Enforcement Team Turns From Tickets to Transport Logistics to Help Deal With COVID-19 Crisis (UK)
April 27, 2020
Highland Council employees have been deployed in many different ways, some surprising, to help the local authority deal with the current crisis.

University of Victoria Refusing to Refund Annual Parking Passes, Offering Credit for CARSA Memberships (Canada)
April 27, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting normal life across the globe, the University of Victoria is receiving criticism from students for not refunding the 12-month annual parking pass after classes for the remainder of the winter term and entire summer term moved online in March.

NCP Withdraws Free Parking Offer for Some Key Workers and Explains Why (United Kingdom)
April 23, 2020
A South Yorkshire Police worker who parked for free at NCP’s car park on Arundel Gate in Sheffield last week and Monday, arrived at the car park on Tuesday to find that it now costs £5 for some key workers to park there. He claims there was a lack of signage at the car park explaining the change in policy. But in response, NCP said the reinstatement of parking charges has been advertised and the firm was forced to act due to ‘business, economic and landlord pressures’.

Brazilian Parking Lot Operator Estapar Plans $71 Mln IPO - Filing
April 23, 2020
Brazilian parking lot operator Allpark Empreendimentos is planning an initial public offering in May that may reach up to 387.8 million reais ($71.30 million), according to a securities filing, the first company in the country to unveil plans for a share offering amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Parking Solutions Installed and Maintained Through COVID-19 Pandemic to Support Critical Sectors (UK)
April 22, 2020
Parkin solutions provider WPS is continuing to deliver essential maintenance and installation work for customers within key sectors such as healthcare and utilities in the UK, to ensure 24-hour availability of essential parking infrastructure.

Milan (Italy) Announces Ambitious Scheme to Reduce Car Use After Lockdown
April 21, 2020
Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The northern Italian city and surrounding Lombardy region are among Europe’s most polluted, and have also been especially hard hit by the Covid-19 outbreak. Under the nationwide lockdown, motor traffic congestion has dropped by 30-75%, and air pollution with it. City officials hope to fend off a resurgence in car use as residents return to work looking to avoid busy public transport.

Toronto Drivers Say They Face Charges for Empty Parking Spaces Despite Pandemic
April 20, 2020
Some drivers in Toronto say they are continuing to pay hundreds of dollars for parking space they no longer need to use due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free Parking at Tamworth Borough Council Car Parks to Continue (U.K.)
April 14, 2020
Free parking at Tamworth Borough Council car parks is set to continue for the coming weeks. Parking charges were suspended under emergency powers on March 26 for an initial period of three weeks until today (April 14) in support of keyworkers, businesses and people carrying out essential tasks during the coronavirus crisis.

East China City Deploys Smart Parking Lots
April 13, 2020
The city of Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, has started upgrading its parking lots by the use of electronic toll collection (ETC) devices to improve parking efficiency. According to the Nanjing Urban Construction Investment Holding Group, it has collaborated with Jiangsu Tongxingbao Intelligent Transportation Technology Co., Ltd, an ETC specialized company, to develop Nanjing into a demonstration city in smart parking.

Free Parking for Health and Social Care Workers in Trafford (U.K.)
April 13, 2020
Health and social care workers can now get free parking at key locations in Trafford. A new website set up by the Government allows health workers to find free parking spaces quickly and easily.

Bratislava’s Nové Mesto Puts off Pilot Parking Project Due to Coronavirus (Slovakia)
April 13, 2020
The borough of Bratislava Nové Mesto is postponing the launch of its pilot parking project in the area around Tehelné Pole due to the COVID-19 virus. The regulation launching the pilot residential parking scheme in the area was to have become effective from May 1.

Victoria (Canada) Reduces Parking Fees During COVID-19 Health Emergency
April 12, 2020
Victoria will lower city parking costs while the provincially-mandated COVID-19 public health emergency is activated. On Thursday afternoon city council discussed a revised version of a motion originally set to make parking in downtown parkades free to help alleviate the financial burden.

East London Council to Block Cars to Protect Cyclists and Pedestrians From Speeding Drivers During Pandemic
April 12, 2020
An east London council could be the first in the UK to cut rat running traffic on neighbourhood streets in a bid to ease pressure on its parks and pavements, as part of emergency plans to help people walk and cycle safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councils to Waive Parking Fines for Health Care Workers (Melbourne, Australia)
April 12, 2020
Councils across Melbourne will be waiving parking costs for health care workers who need to park near a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Waiving Parking Fees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (Canada)
April 10, 2020
Parking fees are being eliminated for patients at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre until May 31, 2020. RVH has also waived parking fees for staff, professional staff, contractors and community partners. The decision to eliminate parking fees is part of the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak by reducing touchpoints across the health centre, and to limit interaction between patients and parking pay machines or parking attendants.

Intel Set to Buy Israeli Co Moovit for $1B
May 3, 2020
Intel Corp. (Nasadq: INTL) is set to acquire Israeli company Moovit for about $1 billion. The company has developed a public transport and mobility journey planner app. Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel, is one of the shareholders in Moovit.

ParkHub Named Official Parking Partner of SportTechie
March 26, 2020
ParkHub, the leading B2B parking technology provider, has been selected as the Official Parking Partner of SportTechie, the world's leading resource devoted to the intersection of sports and technology.

Senoia (Ga.) Taking Comments on Downtown Streetscape, Parking Concept
May 27, 2020
Coming this week to parts of downtown Syracuse: A test of special “grab and go” free parking areas for those picking up their orders at restaurants and shops. Starting Wednesday (May 27), city officials will experiment with designated free short-term parking areas in Armory and Hanover Squares, two of downtown’s busiest dining and shopping districts.

Beers Street Getting Pull-In Parking Spots; Other Streets May Be on Tap in Downtown Port Huron (Mich.)
May 27, 2020
Another block in downtown Port Huron is getting a few extra parking spaces when the city converts a section with parallel spots with angled ones. City Manager James Freed said the restriping on Beers Street between Huron Avenue and Michigan Street is expected to start Thursday, adding another five to seven spaces in a high-demand area near several restaurants and establishments on the north end of Port Huron’s central business district.

Burlington (Iowa) City Council Hears Parking Lot Details
May 26, 2020
Downtown Burlington will be getting a new parking lot, but it won’t result in new parking spaces for public use. The city previously purchased property at the corner of Fifth and Valley streets to turn into a parking lot. Next week, the council will approve plans for the it project. All 91 spaces eventually will be reserved for housing developments downtown.

Pensacola (Fla.) Mayor Proposes to Take Back Parking From DIB
May 26, 2020
Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is moving to put public parking in downtown Pensacola back under control of the city government. Robinson is asking the Pensacola City Council to vote on Thursday to terminate the 2007 interlocal agreement that gave control of downtown parking to the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board.

Seasonal Paid Parking in Horry County (S.C.) Goes Into Effect
May 22, 2020
It is once again seasonal paid parking time in multiple cities across Horry County. The locations for paid parking include Sands Ocean Club North, Sands Ocean Club South, Cottage Beach, Maison Drive, and parking behind Garden City Pier.

Conneaut (Ohio) Council Discusses Changes to Parking, Creation of a Bike Lane
May 20, 2020
Drivers in Conneaut may see some changes on a pair of city streets soon, as city council considers changes to parking and creating a bike lane. Currently, the parking on Main Street in Conneaut alternates by block, with one side having parallel parking, and the other having diagonal parking. Because of the changing direction of parking, the double yellow line in the middle of the street moves between blocks to accommodate the change in parking.

Permit Parking Eyed in Half Moon Bay (Calif.)
May 9, 2020
Fed up with a surge of visitors each weekend crowding beaches and occupying parking spaces amid the COVID-19 crisis, a growing number of Half Moon Bay residents are calling for a permit parking program to limit access to the area.

Sewickley (Pa.) Parking Authority Members Change
May 6, 2020
Sewickley council accepted the resignation of three parking authority members and appointed their replacements at a special meeting Friday.

Bayonne (N.J.) Parking Permits Renew on June 30 for Blue and White Zones
May 6, 2020
The Bayonne Parking Utility (BPU) is renewing its “virtual” permits registered to license plates for the Blue and White Zones, according to Mayor James Davis. The transition to enforcement by license plate occurred last year.

Parking Is Top Issue at Playhouse Redevelopment Meeting (Darien, Conn.)
May 6, 2020
Parking was the hot issue of the Planing & Zoning Commission’s public hearing last week on a proposal to redevelop the Darien Playhouse property into retail and apartments.

Brainerd (Minn.) Council to Enforce Parking Restrictions to Clear Way for Curbside
May 5, 2020
Parking restrictions in downtown Brainerd will resume Monday, May 11, as more businesses begin offering curbside services. With Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement last week allowing some businesses previously closed to open up for curbside services, City Administrator Jennifer Bergman told city council members Monday, May 4, many downtown business owners requested the change. The council previously halted the enforcement of two- and three-hour downtown parking restrictions during the week while businesses were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and residents were spending more time at home during the day.

Hudson (Wis.) Creates Downtown Parking Commission
May 5, 2020
After discussion on who should serve on it, the Hudson Common Council approved the creation of a downtown parking utility commission to address the continued concerns with area parking. An ad hoc committee previously worked on the issue. The council decided earlier this year to look at creating a commission, similar to existing utility commissions. The approved commission includes three downtown business owners, three citizens and a council member whose district includes the concerned downtown area.

Changes to Petoskey's (Mich.) Downtown Parking Parameters in Works
May 4, 2020
Petoskey officials may change some of the parameters of the downtown parking ordinance, including the geographic areas in which businesses are required to provide their own parking to patrons. Much of the downtown area is exempt from normal parking requirements pertaining to the rest of the city, which dictate the amount of parking space a property must provide in proportion to the size and scope of the building. Instead, parking downtown is provided by the city. But, a proposal that has been considered by city council members for several weeks could reduce the size of that parking exempt area, affecting two small perimeters that are already zoned for mostly residential uses.

City Center, Allentown (Pa.) Parking Authority Team up on Reconfiguration of Bus Terminal, New Apartment Complex
May 4, 2020
The Allentown Parking Authority and the city’s most prolific developer are coordinating a transformation of the block where the Allentown Transportation Center is located. City Center Investment Corp. is proposing a two-building, 260-unit apartment complex with 9,000 square feet of street-level retail space at the northeastern corner of Seventh and Linden Streets, catty-corner from PPL Center. In conjunction, the Allentown Parking Authority will reconfigure the bus terminal used by LANTA.

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Parking Fees Waived at Garages and Lots Until Stay-At-Home Order Lifts
May 1, 2020
Portions of the city’s public parking system will continue to be free amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Downtown Development Authority in Ann Arbor manages the public parking system and stopped collecting hourly parking fees Monday, March 16 in public garages and lots that are not metered after the state shut down non-essential businesses to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Downtown to Get New Parking Kiosks, Paving (Gloucester, Mass.)
May 1, 2020
Gloucester is looking to upgrade downtown by repaving streets and upgrading meters. The Department of Public Works has been granted a loan authorization of $2.5 million for paving, signage, re-striping of parking spaces, and the purchase and installation of new parking kiosks.

Roswell (Ga.) Extends State Of Emergency, Opens Park Parking Lots
May 1, 2020
Roswell Mayor Lori Henry has updated her April 24 Executive Order to extend the City of Roswell's state of emergency through June 12. The mayor's new order is consistent with the governor's most recent executive order, which extends the statewide state of emergency to June 12. The mayor also will open the parking lots of most Roswell parks.

Reading (Pa.) Parking Authority to Resume Street Sweeping Enforcement
May 1, 2020
Reading Parking Authority says it will resume writing citations for daytime parking restrictions this Monday, May 4, 2020, in support of the City of Reading street sweeping program. “To maintain public health and safety, it is necessary for City street sweepers to resume normal operations” states the parking authority website.

Selectmen Approve Nonresident Parking Sticker For Seconsett Island Causeway (Falmouth, Mass.)
April 29, 2020
By unanimous vote, the Mashpee selectmen on Monday, April 27, approved a special parking sticker that will allow nonresidents access to parking along the Seconsett Island causeway. The sticker, which can be purchased only by those with a mooring in the field located in Waquoit Bay next to the causeway or by those with a Falmouth shellfish permit, will be available for $100, the selectmen said during a virtual public hearing.

Capital City Development Corporation Waiving Parking Fees in Downtown Boise (Idaho) for May
April 28, 2020
The Capital City Development Corporation is waiving its monthly parking fees for May, benefiting about 2,500 regular monthly customers in the agency's six downtown Boise public parking garages. This is the second consecutive month the agency's Board of Commissioners approved waiving ParkBOI parking fees. The CCDC says it will absorb the loss of revenue, which is about $600,000 in the past 60 days.

Beach Parking Coming for People With Mobility Issues (Venice, Calif.)
April 28, 2020
Beach parking will remain off limits for at least another week, with one exception: The city is going to create a special parking area for people with mobility issues. City Manager Ed Lavallee proposed the idea at Tuesday’s Council meeting, in response to concerns that some people can’t walk from street parking to the beach due to age, health issues or disabilities. The details remain to be worked out.

Park City’s (Utah) Controversial Drop-And-Load Zones Remain Suspended Indefinitely
April 27, 2020
Park City officials suspended the controversial drop-and-load parking program in the Main Street core amid the steep decline in business as the novel coronavirus spread, and City Hall said this week there is no timeline for further talks about whether it will return.

Free Resident Parking Extended In Newport (R.I.)
April 27, 2020
The City of Newport has pushed off the start of seasonal parking fees, one of several efforts to reduce the financial strain on residents during the coronavirus crisis. The resident parking program, which usually goes into effect May 1, has been pushed one month to June 1.

Councilors Spar Over Parking Regs (Salem, Mass.)
April 26, 2020
Efforts to advance 29 pages of traffic and parking regulations led to attacks and a rarely used move to force something to be fully read to the City Council Thursday night. Four issues tied to the city's traffic and parking rules were sent to the City Council's ordinance committee. The changes were made in part to standardize the city's regulations around resident-only parking in October, handicap-accessible parking spaces and shifting rule-setting power from the City Council to the Traffic and Parking Commission.

Belmar (N.J.) Enforces ‘Resident Only Parking’
April 26, 2020
With nice warm weather, it brings the opportunity to get out of the house and as close to the beach as one can possibly get. However, crowds have begun to develop, and Belmar has taken notice. Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer has signed Belmar Borough Emergency Order No. 2020-01, which is an Emergency Parking Declaration for “Resident Parking Only” for designated areas within the Belmar.

New Parking Meters Coming (Jackson, Miss.)
April 24, 2020
New parking meters could be in place in downtown Jackson sometime this summer, according to city officials. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine said workers should begin installing the new meters late this spring, depending on when coronavirus bans are lifted.

Lake Geneva (Wis.) Finds Familiar Face to Become City's New Parking Manager
April 22, 2020
Lake Geneva has found its new parking manager in a veteran of the city’s tourism industry. Seth Elder, a former general manager of Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, has been hired to succeed Sylvia Martinez-Mullally, who resigned in January after five years as the city’s parking operations manager.

Powder Springs (Ga.) to Add More Downtown Parking
April 21, 2020
Powder Springs will increase its downtown parking. Almost $173,396 was approved 5-0 on April 20 by the Powder Springs City Council as a change order to the city’s original agreement with East Coast Grading, Inc.

Concerns Raised Over Nye Beach Parking Lot (Newport, Ore.)
April 21, 2020
“It appears that overall, people visiting Newport and Newportians are pretty much in accordance with the social distancing,” said Councilor Cynthia Jacobi at the Newport City Council meeting on Monday, which was held via livestream at 6 p.m. However, Jacobi expressed concern regarding the parking lot at the Nye Beach turnaround.

Colorado Department of Transportation to Barricade Loveland Pass Parking Lots Sunday
April 18, 2020
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced on its social media channels late Saturday evening that it is taking action at Loveland Pass amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Revised Parking Code to Ease Integration of New Business in Downtown Sandy (Ore.)
April 17, 2020
Parking requirements in Sandy are changing. While the code changes Sandy City Council approved Monday, April 6, won't affect time limits as currently signaled on public lots and streets, it could be a game changer for commercial businesses looking to locate in Sandy, especially in the downtown core.

All Parking Along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach (Calif.) Closes Due to the Pandemic
April 17, 2020
All metered parking along the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach and all beaches within Huntington Harbor will be closed effective Thursday night in an effort to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of San Clemente (Calif.): Notice of Proposed Changes to Metered Parking Hours of Operation
April 16, 2020
On April 21, 2020, the San Clemente City Council will discuss a Coastal Development Permit application the City submitted to pursue the following changes to parking metered areas:

Ruling on Parking Paves the Way for Cohen High School Construction (New Orleans, La.)
April 15, 2020
The Board of Zoning Adjustments on Monday approved a long-debated parking plan for a rebuilt Walter L. Cohen College Prep high school campus. The campus will have more parking spots than the School Board originally proposed, but the plan falls short of the amount lobbied for by the school’s neighbors in the Delachaise area.

Little Compton Closes Beach Parking (Newport, R.I.)
April 15, 2020
The town has announced the closure of beaches to parking and vehicular traffic during the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Orders City and County to Expand Safe-Parking Sites to Stem Coronavirus Spread (Los Angeles, Calif.)
April 14, 2020
A federal judge whose focus on the lack of working sanitation facilities on Skid Row resulted in the quick installation of dozens of new toilets and sinks in response to the coronavirus threat turned his attention Tuesday to the scarcity of safe parking for the homeless living downtown in campers.

Council Approves Change in Parking on Leroy Street (Audubon, Ohio)
April 14, 2020
The Audubon City Council approved a change in parking on Leroy Street near downtown in order to make travel through the area safer. Leroy Street, from South Park to Chicago Street, had angle parking on both sides of the street, and that caused a visibility issue when the parking spaces were full.

Paterson (N.J.) Expanding Residential Permit Parking to Two More Streets
April 14, 2020
After piloting a residential permit parking system in two streets in the Eastside neighborhood years ago, municipal officials are expanding the program to a residential part of downtown Paterson.

Overnight Parking Allowed Starting at Midnight (Jackson, Wyo.)
April 14, 2020
Winter parking restrictions that took effect on November 1 will be lifted at midnight tonight. During the winter, overnight parking is not allowed on Jackson streets to allow for snow removal and winter street operations. Cars can now park on town between the hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Brookline (Mass.) To Lift Emergency Parking Rules June 1
May 28, 2020
If you've been enjoying —or not enjoying— parking overnight on Brookline streets, brace yourselves: That's going away next month and points to a bit of normalcy returning to town.

Hundreds of Parking Citations Issued Around San Francisco's Ocean Beach Over Memorial Day Weekend
May 27, 2020
The heat over Memorial Day weekend brought so many people to a San Francisco beach that officials had to step in. Parking enforcement officers issued more than 500 citations to people at Ocean Beach who had parked illegally in closed parking lots or along the Great Highway.

Rehoboth (Del.) Set to Enforce Parking May 30
May 22, 2020
Enjoy the free parking in Rehoboth Beach while it’s available. Enforcement of parking meters and permits was scheduled to go into effect Friday, May 22. However, in an effort to allow businesses to recoup some of the spring season’s lost revenue, Rehoboth Beach commissioners, during a meeting May 12, delayed enforcement until at least Friday, May 29. A week later, during a meeting May 19, commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of beginning parking enforcement Saturday, May 30.

York City (Pa.) to Resume Parking Enforcement Tuesday
May 21, 2020
York City will resume enforcement at parking meters, lots and garages beginning Tuesday, according to a news release.

Bayonne (N.J.) Parking Meters and Pay Stations Resume Enforcement May 26
May 21, 2020
The Bayonne Parking Utility announced that enforcement of parking meters and parking lot pay stations will be back in effect as of Tuesday, May 26. Motorists will then be required to pay to use on-street metered parking spaces during enforcement hours. They will also be required to pay to use spaces in municipal parking lots, where motorists pay by plate at pay stations during enforcement hours.

Council Agrees to Some Parking Enforcement Leniency During Pandemic (Yakima, Wash.)
May 21, 2020
The city of Yakima is taking steps to give parking enforcement officers more leeway to be lenient during the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the Yakima City Council authorized staff to start the process of tweaking the existing parking ordinance’s language to give the city’s two parking enforcement officers more discretion over how to handle violations.

City of Columbia (S.C.) Resumes Parking Enforcement
May 21, 2020
The City of Columbia Parking Service Division announced it began the reactivation of parking enforcement beginning Monday May 18, 2020. The detailed phased approach is listed below and was created to be business friendly and allow for proper turnover of parking as Columbia is restarted. Enforcement had been limited to investigation of complaints, however parking complaints and alleged code violations have increased in the city’s downtown districts.

Pittsburgh (Pa.) Police Are Towing, Ticketing Vehicles Parked Illegally
May 11, 2020
Pittsburgh police have started ticketing and towing vehicles parked illegally Downtown as the city prepares for the easing of coronavirus restrictions under the yellow phase.

City of Erie (Pa.) Resumes Normal Parking Operations
May 11, 2020
The city will enforce metered parking, as well as odd/even and day of the week residential parking for street cleaning.

Rolla (Mo.) City Council Ups the Ante for Parking Violations
May 11, 2020
An amendment to raise the maximum fine for parking violations in response to the state changing the penalties for traffic and parking violations passed the Rolla City Council.

North Bergen (N.J.) Street Sweeping to Return, Full Parking Enforcement in Guttenberg Tomorrow
May 10, 2020
On Monday, North Bergen street sweeping will return, while full parking enforcement will go into effect for Guttenberg, officials said.

As Local Business Reopens, Parking Enforcement Returns in Xenia (Ohio)
May 8, 2020
The City of Xenia posted on its website parking enforcement will resume Monday, May 11. The City said it has not been strictly enforcing downtown parking during the COVID-19 shut down but that is about to change.

Parking Enforcement to Resume Downtown (Jefferson City, Mo.)
May 8, 2020
Parking enforcement will resume in downtown Jefferson City starting at 8 a.m. May 18, including fares for the Madison Street parking garage. Enforcement of parking was halted in mid-March, and the parking garage has been free to use since then.

Metered Parking Fines Relaxed (Yonkers, N.Y.)
May 7, 2020
Yonkers parking restrictions at meters will now be enforced between the hours of 10am-6pm, and alternative side of the street parking regulations will remain suspended. The changes were made as part of a compromise between Mayor Mike Spano and members of the Yonkers City Council.

Richmond (Va.) Offers Amnesty for Parking Citations; 3,000+ Issued Since April 1
May 7, 2020
If you recently got a parking ticket in Richmond, you will have more time to pay up. The City of Richmond is offering amnesty when it comes to overdue tickets. On average the city issues over 12,000 citations a month, but from April 1 through May 7, the number of citations issued was just over 4,000. Officials are relaxing citations but specifically when it comes to time violations. This means no more tickets if you’re in a spot for over two hours, or if your meter time expires.

Allentown (Pa.) Street Parking and Meter Enforcement to Resume May 11
May 7, 2020
Starting next week Allentown residents could get fined for parking on the streets. The city's parking authority says curb-to-curb street cleaning will begin next Monday as well as enforcement of parking regulations.

Downtown Helena (Mont.) Parking Enforcement to Resume in Garages and Lots
May 7, 2020
Beginning May 11, the city of Helena will resume enforcement of parking garages and lots and take payment for monthly parking permits. On-street parking enforcement is still suspended through the end of May. All other areas will be enforced unless posted otherwise. First-hour-free parking is still available in several locations.

Erie (Pa.) Parking Rules Go Back Into Effect Monday
May 7, 2020
Full enforcement of the city of Erie’s parking rules is about to return. Mayor Joe Schember’s office has announced that parking rules for all metered parking and on-street violations will be enforced starting Monday.

Bend (Ore.) Eases up on Parking Enforcement During ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ Order
May 6, 2020
With many people working remotely from home due to the 'Stay Home, Save Lives' order, it's increased the number of cars parked on streets in residential neighborhoods. But the city of Bend has eased up on enforcement of some parking violations, at least for the time being.

Overcrowding, Illegal Parking Could Force Closure of Public Land (Reno, Nev.)
May 5, 2020
Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest officials say overcrowding at some of the region's most popular trailheads during the COVID-19 pandemic could force them to close or restrict the forest to public access. Some of the issues include people defying social distancing orders, illegal parking and littering.

Parking Enforcement Resuming in Horseheads (N.Y.)
May 5, 2020
The Horseheads Police Department will be resuming parking enforcement, effective Friday, May 8, 2020, including overnight parking 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

College Park (Md.) Will Reinstate Parking Enforcement and Other Services Monday
May 4, 2020
Starting Monday, the city of College Park will be reinstating various services with modified schedules that follow social distancing requirements, according to a city email. As for parking, the city will continue to provide free parking in the downtown garage, metered city streets and city-controlled lots.

Parking Restrictions to Resume in Saratoga Springs (N.Y.)
May 3, 2020
Starting Monday May 4, the Saratoga Springs Police Department will be back out enforcing parking restrictions. The police department says they have had a few issues involving parking problems and emergency vehicles navigating narrow streets.

Decatur (Ill.) Extends Suspension of Downtown Parking Enforcement Through May
May 1, 2020
The city is continuing to suspend enforcement of time limits on metered parking in public lots, streets and alleys in downtown Decatur, officials said. The Decatur Police Department on Friday said the city was extending the suspension, which had been in place until April 30. It will now extend until May 31, the department said.

Vancouver Resumes Parking Enforcement Across the City
April 30, 2020
The City of Vancouver resumed all parking enforcement on Thursday. Enforcement across the city is meant to ensure equitable access to parking for residents and businesses, the city says in a release.

Nevada Highway Patrol Writes More Than 80 Illegal Parking Citations
April 30, 2020
The Nevada Highway Patrol wrote more than 80 illegal parking citations on State Route 28 this week. According to State Trooper Hannah DeGoey, more people are outdoors enjoying warmer temperatures, but drivers are not following the rules.

Keene (N.Y.) Uses Parking Ban to Divert High Peaks Hikers
April 30, 2020
The town of Keene implemented a roadside parking ban for three local roads on Friday, April 24. The town plans to step up enforcement this weekend in an effort to limit the number of hikers congregating at trailheads and in residential areas.

Parking Enforcement Returns to Jersey City (N.J.)
April 30, 2020
On Monday, May 4, Jersey City will re-institute parking enforcement and street sweeping citywide to maintain a clean and healthy environment for residents, according to the city’s website. On May 4, the city will begin to enforce meters, zone permits, and driveway painting as well as alternate side of the street parking.

Metered Parking Returns to Keep People Away (Asbury Park, N.J.)
April 29, 2020
Paid parking is coming back to Asbury Park, as city leaders hope it will discourage people from coming to the seaside resort during the coronavirus pandemic. The metered parking will resume on May 1, after being suspended on March 22.

Some Berkeley (Calif.) Parking Rules Still in Effect Amid COVID-19 Closures
April 29, 2020
While the city of Berkeley is not enforcing parking at meters and certain areas during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone should still follow normal parking rules about fire hydrants, disabled parking zones, street sweeping and bus stops. The remaining enforcement prioritizes public safety, keeps our streets clean and acknowledges that those with disabilities may need parking for basic mobility.

NYC Extends Alternate Side Parking Suspension
April 27, 2020
New York City will extend its suspension of alternate side parking regulations as residents are encouraged to stay inside and limit time outside to essential purposes, which don't include having to moving one's car.

Belmar (N.J.) Enforces ‘Resident Only Parking’
April 26, 2020
With nice warm weather, it brings the opportunity to get out of the house and as close to the beach as one can possibly get. However, crowds have begun to develop, and Belmar has taken notice. Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer has signed Belmar Borough Emergency Order No. 2020-01, which is an Emergency Parking Declaration for “Resident Parking Only” for designated areas within the Belmar.

CHP Citing People for Parking Illegally Near Fresno County Lakes (Calif.)
April 26, 2020
As temperatures continue to warm up, officials are seeing more people heading to local lakes, despite the 'stay at home' order. CHP officers are now warning people if they park in undesignated areas, they will be cited.

East Hampton (N.Y.) Town Enforcing Parking Permits Early
April 24, 2020
In response to an unusually large number of visitors at East Hampton Town beaches and outdoor recreation areas during the Coronavirus pandemic, East Hampton Town has decided to enact summer beach parking restrictions nearly a month early. Typically parking permits are required from May 15th through September 15th.

Forest Preserve Parking Lots Closed in DuPage (Ill.) to Discourage Crowds
April 21, 2020
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County now is trying to limit parking at six preserves to discourage large crowds during the state's stay-at-home order.

Sheriff's Office Writes Hundreds of Parking Tickets Near Beaches (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
April 20, 2020
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office says it wrote hundreds of parking tickets and a handful of citations over the weekend to people who traveled to the coast for a day at the beach. It is a sign that many are ignoring stay-at-home orders that limit travel for recreation to five miles from home.

Parking Now Limited in Austin (Texas) Parks
April 18, 2020
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will decrease parking access for downtown parks, district parks and neighborhood parks to increase physical distancing by park and trail users.

Oregonians Bypass Outdoor Closures With 'Creative Parking' Sparking COVID-19 Concerns
April 15, 2020
Oregonians are still heading to national forests for outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that's become a problem even in some remote areas. While "developed recreation sites" such as trailheads and campgrounds are closed on national forests across the Northwest, the public can still park in a different location to access the trails or go "dispersed camping" on remote Forest Service roads, officials have said. That's led to a bottleneck of people "parking creatively" in some popular areas including around Mount Hood, Central Oregon and near the Oregon Coast, and in some cases creating hazards.

Seattle Takes Parking, Threatens to Tow During Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Order
April 14, 2020
Without any direct notice to residents, Seattle Department of Transportation confiscated street parking during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. While the cause is worthwhile, the execution is an embarrassing reminder both of how little the city cares for drivers and how important details often escape them. To ensure area hospitals or clinics have access to parking, SDOT began placing signs on residential streets reserving spots for hospital staff, under threat of tow.

Relaxed Parking Enforcement Extended Through May 15 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
April 14, 2020
Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday extended relaxed parking enforcement efforts through May 15, in accordance with the city’s extended Safer at Home order. In an effort to help Angelenos comply with public health recommendations to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Garcetti last month announced that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation would be relaxing enforcement efforts.

Over 900 Verbal Warnings, 299 Parking Citations on San Mateo County (Calif.) Coast Easter Weekend
April 14, 2020
Despite the shelter-in-place order, out-of-area visitors flocked to San Mateo County’s coastal parks over Easter weekend, ignoring “no parking signs” and prompting the sheriff’s office to give over 900 verbal warnings and write 299 parking citations.

City Police to Enforce Parking Ordinances (Lock Haven, Pa.)
April 14, 2020
Lock Haven City Manager Gregory Wilson issued the following press release regarding the city’s continued enforcement of parking ordinances: “City council has not acted to suspend any ordinance in the city, including Chapter 380-30 which prohibits parking during certain hours. “No parking” is always “no parking,” not just when the police drive by. During this season, “no parking” on certain nights is for the benefit of sweeping the streets. During the day, residents and visitors should still be following all other on-street parking restrictions, including Chapter 380 Article V guiding On-Street Parking and time-limit restrictions.

Beach Parking Crackdown, Anna Maria Island (Fla.) Enforcement
April 14, 2020
Restrictions tightened over the past week in Holmes Beach as positive COVID-19 numbers continued to rise in Manatee County. Law enforcement was tasked with ensuring people complied with state and local orders. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer circulated a news release April 9 stating that due to states of emergency declared by the city, county and state, Holmes Beach was immediately halting parking at beach accesses and on streets and rights of way.

Fort Atkinson (Wis.) Prohibits Stopping, Standing, Loitering in Parking Lots to Slow COVID-19 Spread
April 14, 2020
On Tuesday, the City of Fort Atkinson issued an emergency order prohibiting stopping, standing, loitering or hanging out in municipal or private parking lots to slow the spread of COVID19.

NYC Alternate-Side Parking Suspended Through April 28 for Coronavirus
April 13, 2020
New York City suspended alternate-side parking for another two weeks through at least April 28 during the coronavirus pandemic. The rules forcing drivers to move their cars to make way for street sweeping and garbage collection have been suspended since March 18 as the city encourages New Yorkers to stay home to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Galveston (Texas) Cruise Parking Lots Turn to Court for Tariff Relief
May 28, 2020
A group of parking lot owners who depend on cruise-ship passengers is asking a federal court for a break from paying tariffs to the Port of Galveston while the industry is dead in the water.

Major Parking Plan for Uptown Neighborhoods Unveiled (Cincinnati, Ohio)
May 26, 2020
Business and neighborhood leaders near the University of Cincinnati plan to roll out a wide-reaching plan Wednesday to ease parking woes near the growing Uptown institution, with a new study showing demand could be met if the existing spaces were managed more efficiently.

Connecticut State Parks Close as Parking Lots Fill to Capacity
May 24, 2020
With temperatures in the mid-70s, Connecticut residents have taken to state parks to enjoy the weather this Memorial Day weekend. As more parking lots reach capacity, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have begun closing the parks to more visitors. Southford Falls State Park, in Southbury, was the first to close on May 24 at 9:40 in the morning.

Two Downtown Parking Lots to Be Open Memorial Day Weekend (Sausalito, Calif.)
May 22, 2020
Two of four parking lots in downtown Sausalito will be open for the Memorial Day weekend to reduce congestion, police said Thursday. Lots 1 and 2 will be open all weekend and lots 3 and 4 may open if they are needed. Residents, downtown merchants and their workers who may be displaced by the parking lot closures can park in front of parking meters while displaying a parking card on the dashboard or their parking permit on the rear bumper of their vehicle.

Next Step in Sugarloaf Parking Expansion Project Approved (Marquette, Mich.)
May 22, 2020
Sugarloaf Mountain is a must-do for every Marquette visitor and the most popular destination for locals looking to catch a sunset or get outside on a nice day. Last year, over 60,000 people took the short trip to its stunning summit. As the number of visitors to the mountain continues to grow, so does the need for additional parking. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners approved the next step in a Sugarloaf parking expansion project at its regular Tuesday board meeting.

Port Canaveral (Fla.) Limits Parking for Spacex Launch Viewing on Wednesday
May 21, 2020
Port Canaveral has released its plan for launch viewing for Wednesday's scheduled SpaceX Crew Dragon launch —a plan that includes limited public parking at Jetty Park and restrictions elsewhere, with some parking lots closed and no special launch viewing event.

Without Parking Fees, Sacramento (Calif.) May Have to Cut Services to Pay Golden 1 Center Debt
May 21, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has cut so deeply into Sacramento’s revenues that officials may be forced to cut some city services to make payments on bonds used to build the Golden 1 Center.

Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Councilwoman Proposes New Parking Ticket Amnesty
May 11, 2020
Councilmember Sarah Brannen has proposed a parking ticket amnesty program in the City of Poughkeepsie. The city held ticket amnesty programs in 2010 and 2014. Councilman Chris Petsas was on the council for the last amnesty period and said the revenue collected was “substantial.”

NYC Will Resume Alternate Side Parking for One Week to Clean Streets
May 11, 2020
The city will resume alternate side parking in the Big Apple for one week later this month to address “litter” in the streets, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Alternate side parking will continue to be suspended through this Sunday, but it will back in place for the week of May 18 through May 24 for a “clean sweep” citywide, the mayor said during his daily press briefing.

Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station to Have Free Parking This Summer (Fairfax, Va.)
May 8, 2020
When the Silver Line suspends rail service west of Ballston this summer, drivers can use free parking at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. Fairfax County announced yesterday that the station will have free parking while work is underway to connect the Silver Line Phase II stations, which will run from Reston to Ashburn.

Appleton (Wis.) Invests $700,000 to Reconstruct Parking Lot, Veterans Memorial at Scheig Center
May 8, 2020
The Appleton Parks and Recreation Department is in the middle of a $700,000 project to replace and reconfigure the parking lot at the Scheig Center, 1313 E. Witzke Blvd. Because the new parking lot will feature a drop-off lane to bring people closer to the building, the Veterans Memorial Garden — with the polished granite terrace and dry riverbed of stone slabs — will be redesigned and relocated farther south.

Towne Park Introduces Safe 360™ Comprehensive Health, Safety & Sanitation Program and Standards
May 7, 2020
Towne Park’s industry leading comprehensive health, sanitization and safety assurance solution provides hotels, hospitals, staff and customers the confidence that Towne Park services are consistently delivered safely and with care. Safe 360™ follows best practices in health, cleanliness and safety based on recommendations from leading health experts to ensure the wellbeing and trust of all those that enter your doors.

Baby Shorebirds Have Taken Over 2 Parking Lots on Gulf Islands. They Won't Reopen for Now. (Pensacola, Fla.)
May 7, 2020
In the absence of humans converging on parking lots and beach access areas at Gulf Islands National Seashore in the past month due to the COVID-19 emergency, protected baby shorebirds have taken over two parking lots on U.S. 399, the scenic highway connecting Pensacola Beach to Navarre Beach.

Parking Lot Opens at Lake Massaesbsic (Manchester, N.H.)
May 6, 2020
Manchester Water Works officials opened up the parking lot at Massabesic Front Park this past weekend. The parking lot, but not the park itself, had been closed since the early days of the New Hampshire stay-at-home order.

Marshall (Texas) ISD Trustees Approve High School Parking Lot Redo
May 6, 2020
Marshall ISD trustees on Tuesday approved more updates to one of its campuses, with the hiring of a company to completely update the parking lot at Marshall High School. Trustees on Tuesday approved the hiring of Rayford McCracken for the new about $545,000 project for a new parking lot at Marshall High School.

Village DPW Fixing Large Hole in Spring St. Parking Lot (Warwick, N.Y.)
May 6, 2020
These days few people may be parking in the large lot on Spring St., across the street from Fratello restaurant in Warwick. However, passersby may notice a large hole in the ground that has been steadily growing in size.

Den Rock Parking Lot Closed Due to Coronavirus (Lawrence, Mass.)
May 5, 2020
Mayor Daniel Rivera has restricted access to Den Rock Park until further notice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Opponents say the order denies Lawrence a needed natural recreation outlet in stressful times. Rivera decided, in tandem with police Chief Roy Vasque, to close Den Rock's lone designated parking lot to deter people from congregating and meeting friends for hikes in the 120-acre conservation area. Crowds had gathered in the parking lot on several occasions, the mayor stated.

Ocean City (Md.) Beach, Boardwalk and Inlet Parking Lot to Reopen Saturday
May 5, 2020
As Maryland prepares for a gradual reopening, Ocean City is taking a big step further. The beach, boardwalk and inlet parking lot will reopen on Saturday. The decision came out of Monday night's mayor and town council meeting.

Wayzata’s (Minn.) Lakeside Parking Lot Torn up to Make Way for New Park Plaza
May 4, 2020
Wayzata is trading a parking lot for a new park plaza as part of the city’s Lake Street reconstruction work. The downtown project is the first phase of the city’s Panoway on Wayzata Bay initiative, which is formerly known as Lake Effect and is meant to create and connect public space along the lakefront.

South Pasadena (Calif.) Adds 196 Bicycle Parking Spaces
May 1, 2020
In an effort to promote environmentally sustainable transportation, the City of South Pasadena has installed 196 additional bicycle parking spaces at various locations along the business districts, parks and schools.

Kittatinny Point Parking to Remain Closed (Hardwick, N.J.)
April 30, 2020
The Kittatinny Point area of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will remain closed for the near future despite state parks and forests being re-opened. The point, which is owned by the National Park Service, as well as the Dunnfield Creek parking lot, which are in the state-owned Worthington State Forest, were closed down a couple of weeks before Gov. Phil Murphy closed all state and county parks on April 7.

Lots of Love Initiative Transforms South San Antonio Parking Lot Into Food Distribution Center
April 29, 2020
Southside families found relief Monday, when the Southside's Pica Pica Plaza parking lot transformed into a Lots of Love food distribution center. The initiative is a partnership between the San Antonio Food Bank and Pica Pica Plaza Ownership Group, which owns and manages the shopping center, and Flip’z Entertainment, an indoor activity park located there.

Worcester (Mass.) Buying Land Near Roosevelt School for Parking, Student Drop-Offs
April 29, 2020
The city is buying four parcels along Sunderland Road to provide more off-street parking and a student drop-off and pickup area for Roosevelt School.

Michigan Closes Parking and Restrooms at Five Welcome Centers
April 27, 2020
The Michigan Department of Transportation is shutting down restroom facilities and parking at five welcome centers due to budget constraints because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robertson County School District Adding Parking Spaces to Campus (Mount Olivet, Ky.)
April 26, 2020
The Robertson County School District will be adding several additional spots for parking soon. Robertson County School Superintendent Sanford Holbrook said there has never been enough parking spaces available when large events take place.

$65k Approved for Elementary School Parking Lot (Challis, Idaho)
April 23, 2020
Challis school board members allocated $65,000 from the district’s capital improvement fund to have the Challis Elementary School parking lot surveyed and repaved. Board members unanimously approved the expenditure after Superintendent Lani Rembelski told them progress is being made with Challis Mayor Mike Barrett to complete a property swap that will result in the district owning the section of the parking lot currently maintained by the city.

Marine Park Plaza to Close to Parking in Downtown (Juneau, Alaska)
April 22, 2020
Seasonal parking at the Marine Park Plaza is coming to an end. The last day to park in the plaza is Friday, April 24. Docks and Harbors personnel will block off access to the Plaza on Saturday, April 25.

The City of Richmond (Va.) Waves Late Fees on Parking Tickets
April 21, 2020
The city of Richmond announced Tuesday it is waiving penalties and fines on tickets issued after March 16, if they are paid by August 31. The city said people who currently have overdue penalties on tickets issued before March 16 will have their fees frozen, and will not have to pay additional fees if they are paid off by August 31.

How Future Mobility Technology May Drive Parking Demand
April 20, 2020
Most experts expect that the part of the infrastructure first and most affected by autonomous vehicles will be parking. By 2025, many new cars are expected to have “autonomous parking,” through which the car will be able to park itself in a parking facility without human intervention, even if the vehicle is not L5—the highest level of vehicle autonomy on a scale of L0 to L5. Many manufacturers already offer some form of parking assistance, including Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Mercedes, Jaguar, Jeep, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

Parking Your Cash: A Primer On The Unique Niche Of Parking Lot Investments
April 20, 2020
With the wild fluctuations in the stock market, many investors are fleeing to alternative investments in defensive real estate sectors. While the traditional commercial real estate types of multifamily, office, industrial and retail get the most attention, I have found the most success investing in niche real estate sectors. Mobile home parks, self-storage and parking lots are all recession-resistant niche real estate investments you may want to consider when seeking to diversify your portfolio.

City Offering Amnesty Program for Past Due Parking Fines (Richmond, Va.)
April 20, 2020
The City of Richmond is offering amnesty on penalties applied to overdue parking citations in light of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Albany (N.Y.) Removes Late Fees on Unpaid Parking Tickets
April 15, 2020
If you have some overdue parking tickets in Albany, there is some good news. The city is removing any late fees for unpaid parking tickets. This is to ease the burden a bit during these tough times.

Marion County (Fla.) School District Kicks off Parking Lot WI-Fi Program
April 14, 2020
The Marion County school district kicked off a parking lot Wi-Fi program, an effort to help students without access to the internet participate in distance learning.

Natrona County School District to Repair West ‘Bus Barn’ Parking Lot for $103,200 (Casper, Wyo.)
April 13, 2020
The so-called “bus barn” near the Natrona County School District’s Central Services facility is home for the district’s school buses when they aren’t driving children around town. The NCSD Board of Trustees awarded a $103,200 contract to Treto Construction LLC to repair the bus barn’s west parking lot during their Monday, April 13 meeting.

Brookville (N.Y.) Manager Says Parking Meter, Ticket Revenue Has Less Impact Than Might Be Expected
April 13, 2020
With nonessential businesses closing, and the public being encouraged to stay home unless absolutely necessary, Main Street here has been notably empty. Parking meters are left untouched, and residents who do not venture downtown have no parking tickets to worry about. That means revenue from parking meters and parking tickets, among the most steady and reliable sources of income for most boroughs, has suddenly vanished. But the absence of Main Street traffic doesn’t have as much budget impact as people might think, according to Brookville Borough Manager Dana Schreckengost.

Trading Pews for Parking Spaces: Church Holding Easter Service in Parking Lot
April 12, 2020
During an Easter Sunday like no other, hundreds of parishioners packed a parking lot in Santa Ana where a drive-in service was held.

As Downtown Reopens, Parking Fees Will Be Coming Back (Buffalo, N.Y.)
May 28, 2020
Coming soon to a reopened downtown Buffalo: The return of parking fees. City officials are preparing for the reopening of downtown Buffalo, with a planned resumption of parking fees next week. Fees will restart next month at parking meters and at the city-owned parking ramps operated by Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, but new safety procedures will be in place, according to Debra Chernoff, manager of planning at Buffalo Place.

Sarasota (Fla.) Didn’t Tell Visitors Metered Parking Was Voluntary, So People Kept Paying
May 28, 2020
The city of Sarasota last month said it would scale back parking enforcement in the city during the global coronavirus pandemic. While officials said the city would not shut off its parking meters, they also said they would not tell motorists that paying was optional. The city collected $3,699 in April from visitors to St. Armands and in different areas of Sarasota.

East Lansing (Mich.) Offers Free 2-Hour Parking in June
May 27, 2020
East Lansing City Council approved an adjustment to allow for 2 hours of free parking in all gated facilities downtown from June 1 to June 30.

St. Pete (Fla.) Beach Raises Parking Costs to Cover Additional Cleaning, Law Enforcement
May 21, 2020
St. Pete Beach has raised the price of parking, making it the most expensive beach parking in Pinellas County. City Commissioners voted on the resolution to raise parking fees in a May 1 meeting. “It costs us more money with the new guidelines and new policing,” Mayor Alan Johnson said during the meeting.

Parking Rates to Resume June 1 in Morgantown (W.Va.)
May 21, 2020
The Morgantown Parking Authority’s parking rates are set to resume June 1. According to a press release, regular rates in all Morgantown Parking Authority metered spaces, lots and garages will resume that day. In March, it announced free parking until the “Stay-at-Home” order due to COVID-19 was lifted by Gov. Jim Justice.

Parking Fees Return but for Two Weeks Will Aid the Needy (Lexington, Ky.)
May 11, 2020
After more than two months, free parking at LEXPARK on-street meters in downtown Lexington will end next week, the Lexington Parking Authority announced Monday. But the return of parking fees actually will have some benefits. From May 18 through Friday, May 29 – the last two weeks of May – all meter revenues collected will be donated to both God’s Pantry and the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund.

Free Parking in Downtown and Old Colorado City Extended Through May 25 (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
May 11, 2020
The city of Colorado Springs is offering free parking in downtown and Old Colorado City until at least May 25. Parking fees were suspended at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The free parking was set to end on May 11, but the city said Monday that they have extended it until at least May 25.

Paid Parking Begins June 1 (Bar Harbor, Maine)
May 7, 2020
Parking meters and kiosks downtown are set to be switched on for the season June 1 this year, the Town Council decided Tuesday. Signs in permit-parking areas will be adjusted to say that permits are required between May 15 and Oct. 30, but for this year enforcement will begin June 1.

Paid Parking Resumes in Lake Geneva (Wis.) but Rates Will Remain the Same
May 7, 2020
Paid parking in downtown Lake Geneva has resumed, but parking rates will remain the same — at least for now. Members of the Lake Geneva City Council approved a motion, 6-2, April 27 to resume paid parking as soon as possible, which was temporarily halted due to the coronavirus. The council had also been discussing raising parking fees, but that discussion has been postponed.

North Topsail (N.C.) to Discuss Paid Beach Parking
May 6, 2020
The Town of North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting on Thursday, and one of the topics of discussion is whether to add paid parking to public beach accesses. Interim Town Manager Dave Gilbride confirmed the topic and added it will not affect the county maintained beach accesses. Gilbride added the reason for the discussion is because the town is responsible for 100% of the costs to maintain the beaches.

Paid Parking Starts at Muskegon (Mich.) Beaches Memorial Day Weekend
May 6, 2020
Memorial day weekend marks the beginning of paid parking at Pere Marquette, Margaret Drake Elliott, Kruse and Harbour Towne parks. A proposal for paid parking at Pere Marquette Park was made in January of this year.

Parking Pass Program Coming to Several State Parks
May 6, 2020
Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department will soon be implementing a parking pass program in 22 state parks, including Boiling Springs. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, a one day vehicle pass will cost $10. Vehicles with Oklahoma or Oklahoma tribal plates will receive a discounted rate of $8. Veterans can get a 100 percent discount with an in-park eligibility verification by park staff, according to the tourism department.

Parking Fees Temporarily Waived for Downtown Missoula (Mont.)
May 5, 2020
Businesses are continuing to once again open their doors under Gov. Steve Bullock’s plan for a phased reopening of Montana. People headed downtown should note that the Missoula Parking Commission will not be charging for parking in the parking structures or on-street until Monday, May 18.

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Parking Fees Waived at Garages and Lots Until Stay-At-Home Order Lifts
May 1, 2020
Portions of the city’s public parking system will continue to be free amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Downtown Development Authority in Ann Arbor manages the public parking system and stopped collecting hourly parking fees Monday, March 16 in public garages and lots that are not metered after the state shut down non-essential businesses to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Bethlehem (Pa.) Parking Authority to End Free Parking in Garages, Start Enforcement Again
April 29, 2020
Those who parked for free in the North and New Street garages will have to move their vehicles by May 4 or risk getting fined, the Bethlehem Parking Authority said on Wednesday, ending a free parking program that started last month.

Capital City Development Corporation Waiving Parking Fees in Downtown Boise (Idaho) for May
April 28, 2020
The Capital City Development Corporation is waiving its monthly parking fees for May, benefiting about 2,500 regular monthly customers in the agency's six downtown Boise public parking garages. This is the second consecutive month the agency's Board of Commissioners approved waiving ParkBOI parking fees. The CCDC says it will absorb the loss of revenue, which is about $600,000 in the past 60 days.

Parking at Buffalo (N.Y.) Civic Auto Ramps Is Free for April and May
April 28, 2020
Parking at all Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps (BCAR) will be free for the months of April and May as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Buffalo announced on Monday that there will be no charge for parking at any BCAR location for the rest of April and the entire month of May. If you have already pre-paid for either month, the payment will apply to a month in the future.

Manitou Springs (Colo.) Using Parking Revenues to Buy Protective Equipment for Local Businesses
April 28, 2020
With business starting to return next week in Colorado, so are the parking fees in Manitou Springs -- but the small mountain town has a plan that might curb the complaints. Manitou announced Tuesday that all revenues from on-street parking and city-owned lots will be donated for COVID-19 protection equipment for Manitou Springs businesses. The fees will return on May 4.

Free Parking in Syracuse (N.Y.) Extended Until Mid-May
April 17, 2020
Free parking in Syracuse will continue for at least another month. Mayor Ben Walsh said today the city will continue its suspension of parking enforcement until May 15 as the state remains on lockdown.

BART’s Parking Lots May Be Empty, but Those Spots Will Still Cost You
April 16, 2020
BART’s parking lots are even emptier than its trains while nearly all Bay Area residents shelter in place during the coronavirus outbreak. Instead of being fully packed — often before dawn — the lots are sometimes occupied by as few as four or five cars. And yet, BART continues to charge weekday parking fees: $2.50 or $3 at most stations, except West Oakland, where the daily charge is $10.50. BART charges for parking in a variety of ways, including daily fees as well as reserved and monthly fees.

Santa Rosa (Calif.) City Council To Vote On Waiving Parking Meter Fees
April 13, 2020
The Santa Rosa City Council will decide on Tuesday whether to indefinitely waive fees at city parking meters. The move comes after the coronavirus Shelter In Place orders have dramatically impacted parking in the downtown area.

Victoria (Canada) Reduces Parking Fees During COVID-19 Health Emergency
April 12, 2020
Victoria will lower city parking costs while the provincially-mandated COVID-19 public health emergency is activated. On Thursday afternoon city council discussed a revised version of a motion originally set to make parking in downtown parkades free to help alleviate the financial burden.

Des Plaines (Ill.) Moving Forward With New 4-Story Parking Garage
May 28, 2020
Despite the negative financial effects of the COVID-19 crisis on some city of Des Plaines projects, construction of a new parking behind city hall, approved before the arrival of the virus, is moving forward.

South Main Parking Lot Enhancements Complete in Moultrie (Ga.)
May 28, 2020
After months of construction, a once-blighted area has been transformed into a scenic parking lot in downtown Moultrie. This newly renovated parking lot is in the center of downtown Moultrie. It's a place that provides easy access to the shops and restaurants, and future downtown apartments.

Parking Lot Construction at Intersection of Zaza and Eagle Creek Road in Waha (Idaho) to Begin June 1
May 28, 2020
Parking lot construction on the large parking area at the intersection of Zaza and Eagle Creek Road in Waha will begin early on Monday, June 1 and will continue for two weeks until June 15. The parking area will be closed during this time and motorists should anticipate heavy truck traffic and occasional delays.

New Columbia Solar Installs Quest Renewables Solar Carport on D.C. Parking Lot
May 26, 2020
New Columbia Solar installed a 241.2-kW solar system using Quest Renewables solar carport system on a commercial lot in Northeast D.C.’s Ward 5. The solar carport system was constructed and installed in March 2020 and will allow the property to generate an extra $12,000 in lease payments.

New Downtown Circa Casino Will Have State-Of-The-Art Parking Garage (Las Vegas, Nev.)
May 21, 2020
The Circa Resort & Casino, currently under construction in downtown Las Vegas, will have a state-of-the-art smart-sensor system in its 9-story parking garage. According to a news release, Park Assist has been awarded a contract for the parking guidance system that will be in the Circa Garage Mahal.

Reading (Pa.) Parking Authority Supports Murals on Downtown Garages
May 20, 2020
The Reading Parking Authority board gave its support to two initiatives to help bring life back to downtown Reading. Meggan Kerber, executive director of the Berks Arts Council, and Mike Miller, a muralist, pitched their idea to create a mural corridor in downtown Reading at the authority’s board meeting Tuesday night.

Construction of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Airport Parking Garage Begins
May 11, 2020
Beginning today, a portion of the Chattanooga Airport’s short term parking lot will be closed to traffic as construction of the $25 million, four-level, 1,300 space parking facility begins. The short term parking lot entrance on Airport Road will be closed. An alternative entrance across from baggage claim will remain open. Construction of the parking facility is anticipated to be complete within a year with a focus on minimizing disruption.

Public to Get First Look at New $6.8M Springfield (Ohio) Parking Garage
May 7, 2020
The City of Springfield will be opening its new parking garage in the downtown area on Friday as construction on the project was not delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-story parking garage on Fountain Avenue cost approximately $6.8 million and visitors will be able to park there for a fee.

Poplarville’s (Miss.) City Park Remains Closed as Parking Lot Improvements Progress
May 7, 2020
Poplarville’s City Park will continue to be closed for several weeks as the city’s public works department finishes striping and adding concrete bumpers to the newly repaved parking lot.

Glass Artist Martin Donlin’s Concept for New Downtown Parking Garage Approved (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
May 6, 2020
EMBARK and the Oklahoma City Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs are partnering to bring a six-level art installation to the new Oklahoma City Omni Convention Center parking garage this fall. The installation was designed glass artist Martin Donlin.

Post Office Parking Lot Getting a Facelift (Mount Vernon, Ohio)
May 1, 2020
The Mount Vernon Post Office is expanding its parking capacity. “Our post office is doing a necessary parking lot expansion,” said Kasey Doup, the postmaster for the Mount Vernon Post Office. “The expansion will reach all the way to the sidewalk outback. The main reason for doing this is to have more parking for our employees.”

Downtown Wilmington, NC: The Rise of the Parking Deck
April 30, 2020
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, downtown parking was a scarce resource in Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington proper has tried to reduce vehicular traffic and shorten parking times over the past few decades by limiting drivers to paid spots. Downtown, there are four public parking decks, a handful of open-air lots (two of which are run by the city) and dozens of short-term parking meters lining the streets.

Improved Parking Lot Will Greet Stadium When It Reopens (Woonsocket, R.I.)
April 29, 2020
When the Stadium Theatre eventually reopens to the public, patrons will find improved parking options at the municipal lot across the street. Last month, the city’s Department of Public Works began improvements to the lot directly across from the theater on Monument Square. In addition to excavating and repaving the existing lot, the project involved eliminating islands, restriping and lowering the level of the pavement to make it ADA-compliant.

Study Underway for Potential Queen Street Parking Deck (Boone, N.C.)
April 24, 2020
Following unanimous council approval on April 21, the town of Boone will contract with an engineering firm to develop conceptual plans for a potential three- to four-story parking deck at the site of a town-owned parking lot at 247 Queen St.

Survey Results are in for Tech Changes Coming to Bismarck (N.D.) Parking Ramps/Lots
April 23, 2020
Bismarck Parking Authority is continuing plans to upgrade city ramps and lots despite virus-related setbacks. The Parking Authority has the results from its technology upgrades survey Your News Leader first told you about in December. They now plan to move forward with the top recommendations.

Reading (Pa.) Parking Authority Accepts Construction Bid for Garage Renovations but Rejects Other Bids
April 21, 2020
The Reading Parking Authority’s $13.5 million garage renovation project hit another bump. The parking authority board voted Tuesday night to accept the low bidder for the general contracting portion of the project and reject the bids for the plumbing and mechanical aspects of the project. Bids were accepted earlier in the day as staff adhered to the COVID-19 pandemic precautions of wearing masks and standing 6 feet apart.

City of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Finance Director: ‘Mid-July Opening’ for Downtown Parking Ramp
April 21, 2020
Tuesday afternoon we received an update on Sioux Falls city finances. Director of Finance Shawn Pritchett cautioned that the information is through the month of March, and doesn’t include a lot of expected impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales tax numbers have been trending up, however. “We were originally anticipating a mid-June time frame for opening it, we are now presently looking at a mid-July opening for that ramp,” Pritchett said. “Part of it has to do with a delay of an elevator getting delivery.”

Jackson (Wyo.) Makes Changes to Parking Structure Rules
April 15, 2020
The Town of Jackson is making some changes to the rules at the Parking Garage it hopes will make more space available for downtown workers and shoppers. Public Works Department crews are removing "Taxi 2 Fly" parking signs at the structure on the corner of South Milward and West Simpson Streets. The spaces will now be opened to all members of the public. A 2019 parking study recommended the move to convert the upper portions of the parking garage to 48-hour public parking. The intended outcome is to increase parking availability in the garage that can be used by employees, customers, and visitors.

Renown Parking Structure Turned 1,400-Bed Coronavirus Care Facility Is Ready for Patients (Reno, Nev.)
April 14, 2020
In just 10 days, Renown Regional Medical Center has increased its ability to cope with the spread of COVID-19 by about 173 percent. They’ve done this by retrofitting the regional trauma center’s Mill Street parking structure into a three-story temporary facility designed to hold 1,400 coronavirus patients at peak capacity.

Kingston (N.Y.) Aldermen OK Use of Grant Funding for Work on Dietz Stadium Parking Lot
April 13, 2020
Aldermen have authorized the use of grant funding for the rehabilitation and repaving of the Dietz Stadium parking lot in Uptown. During a meeting last week, the city Common Council voted 8-0 on a series of resolutions authorizing Mayor Steve Noble to execute any and all documents necessary to take advantage of a $1.5 million Green Infrastructure Grant Program award from the state Environmental Facilities Corporation. The council's action also authorized the city to utilize part of a separate $1 million grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to match the Green Infrastructure Grant Program funding.

City Opens Parking Garage for Fells Point Residents During Monday Storms (Baltimore, Md.)
April 13, 2020
With severe storms expected Monday morning in Baltimore, the Department of Public Works is warning of possible street flooding and signal outages. The Department says Fells Point residents who are normally most vulnerable during floods because of their close proximity to the water, should move their cars as soon as possible.

Florida Blue Gets $12.3M Permit for Downtown Garage
April 10, 2020
Danis Builders LLC has received a permit to construct Florida Blue's $12.3 million, four-story parking garage in Brooklyn. Florida Blue is building the 862-space garage to consolidate its parking and make room for more employees. It chose the site, 800 Forest St., because the city provided the $3.2 million property for free, filled in an existing retention pond at no cost to Florida Blue and is giving Florida Blue a $3.5 million completion grant.

City of Oxford (Mich.) Authorizes Repair to Parking Garage Elevators
April 10, 2020
The downtown parking garage elevators are currently out of order due to a pressure washing incident. During the Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting on Tuesday, a request for a sole source purchase to repair the elevators. The damage was caused by a pressure incident, according to a letter provided to the Board by the City of Oxford superintendent Greg Pinion.

Park Burlington (Vt.) and CATMA Seek to Improve Transportation Dynamics
March 12, 2020
Park Burlington and the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) announce the launch of a downtown employee commuter survey to better understand the parking and transportation dynamics in Burlington. Park Burlington is a city council approved public private partnership between the Burlington Business Association (BBA) and the Department of Public Works (DPW).

Bismarck (N.D.) City Commission Approves Portable Sign Ordinance, Reduction in Required Parking
May 26, 2020
Bismarck city commissioners on Tuesday approved ordinances that will reduce the number of parking spaces that businesses, office buildings and apartments are required to provide, and will change the number of days that a business may display a portable sign on its property.

Parking Lots at Encinitas (Calif.) Parks to Start Reopening Friday, May 22
May 22, 2020
Starting Friday, May 22, Encinitas will take another step toward returning to its pre-COVID-19 days by allowing people to start parking their vehicles in the lots at city parks.

Parking at Wollaston and Nantasket Beaches Closed for Memorial Day (Hull, Mass.)
May 21, 2020
Parking at Nantasket Beach will remain closed through Memorial Day despite the state opening the beaches it owns to sunbathing and swimming. Department of Conservation and Recreation Spokeswoman Olivia Dorrance said in an email that the beach remains open and available for the public to use, even though the parking lot will be closed. The parking ban will be looked at for the following weekend.

Beach Parking, Short-Term Rentals Set to Open in North Topsail Beach (N.C.)
May 8, 2020
North Topsail Beach plans to reopen public parking lots as of 7:00am on Friday, May 8th. According to a post on the town’s Facebook page, North Topsail Beach Mayor Joann McDermon has decided to amend the town’s State of Emergency which will allow the lots to reopen. Short-term rentals will also resume on Saturday, May 9th.

Tybee Island’s (Ga.) Beaches Fully Open Without Restrictions, Parking Rates Increased
May 7, 2020
Thursday was the first day all Georgia beaches were open without certain restrictions. The Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s order banned some items like chairs and umbrellas. The beaches are fully re-opened on Tybee Island, but if you paid to park, you may have noticed the rates went up seemingly over night.

Fernandina Beach (Fla.) to Reopen On-Beach Parking at Seaside Park
May 7, 2020
The city of Fernandina Beach will reopen on-beach parking at Seaside Park at 6 a.m. Friday. As the city lifts some restrictions that were put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials are asking everyone to still practice social distancing as they expect the area to be quite busy this weekend.

Westport (Mass.) Town Beaches Reopen to Parking
May 6, 2020
Town beaches are now open to parking. Residents now can park at the Knubble Beach, East Beach, and Cherry & Webb Beach, just as long as they have a beach decal and practice social distancing guidelines. At the May 1 selectmen meeting, selectmen voted 4-1 to open up town beaches, after closing them the previous month to parking, after the state-owned Horseneck Beach and Gooseberry Island closed to parking.

Overcrowding, Illegal Parking Could Force Closure of Public Land (Reno, Nev.)
May 5, 2020
Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest officials say overcrowding at some of the region's most popular trailheads during the COVID-19 pandemic could force them to close or restrict the forest to public access. Some of the issues include people defying social distancing orders, illegal parking and littering.

Timed Parking Comes to Beach and Concha Loma Neighborhoods (Carpinteria, Calif.)
May 5, 2020
Starting this Friday, May 8, the city of Carpinteria will implement temporary timed-parking limits and a new residential permit program for the Beach and Concha Loma neighborhoods. The move is an attempt to foil growing crowds at the beach, according to City Manager David Durflinger.

Proposal to Reopen Hampton Beach (N.H.) Calls for Limited Parking, Turning Ocean Boulevard Into 'Walking Mall'
May 5, 2020
State and local officials want to limit crowds at Hampton Beach by cutting parking availability in half and closing down a section of Ocean Boulevard to create “a walking mall.” The proposal will be presented to the task force created by Gov. Chris Sununu to develop plans to reopen the state’s economy in phases amid the coronavirus pandemic.

St. Pete Beach (Fla.) to Limit Parking in Pass-A-Grille Area
May 3, 2020
The public beaches of Pinellas County will reopen Monday, May 4. All public parking will also be open except for specific areas in Pass-a-Grille that city commissioners decided May 1 would be limited to residents of St. Pete Beach and businesses.

Holmes Beach Bans Parking in City Limits As Beaches Reopen (Manatee County, Fla.)
May 3, 2020
Beaches in Manatee County are gearing up to open once again—but some parking spots will not be. “You will be towed if you’re caught parking in the city limits of Holmes Beach,” Holmes Beach Police Chief William Tokajer. Banners around Anna Maria Island warn people to not park on the street or in neighborhoods within Holmes Beach.

Brevard County (Fla.) Officials Rescind Beachside Parking Restrictions Effective Immediately
May 1, 2020
The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, along with a policy group activated as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, have rescinded beachside parking restrictions effective immediately. County-controlled beachside parks and beachside public parking access areas will be reopened for most beaches.

Brevard County (Fla.) Commission Votes 4-1 to Reopen Beach Parking at County Parks
May 1, 2020
The Brevard County Commission voted 4-1 to reopen beach parking at county parks. “I think we need to get the ball rolling,” said County Commissioner Curt Smith, who made the motion for the commission vote.

Sarasota County (Fla.) to Lift Beach Restrictions
April 30, 2020
After a deluge of criticism and a week after beaches initially reopened, Sarasota County will lift its parking restrictions and allow beachgoers to bring chairs and coolers. Those changes will go into effect on Monday, although visitors will not be permitted to gather in groups of more than 10.

Manatee County (Fla.) Reopens Beaches; Parking Time Limits, Social Distancing Rules in Place
April 30, 2020
On Thursday, Manatee County officials announced that Manatee County residents may park and visit public beaches for two hours a day as long as they practice social distancing.

Tybee Island (Ga.) Set to Reopen Access, Parking in Anticipation of Weekend Visitors
April 30, 2020
Beginning Friday, May 1, most of Tybee's beach and beach access will be open to the public, effectively bringing to an end a contentious struggle between City of Tybee officials and the Governor's office over who gets to go on the beach during the pandemic — and who can keep them off.

Sarasota County (Fla.) May Lift No Parking Rule as Beaches Open Elsewhere
April 29, 2020
Pinellas County beaches are opening. So are the shorelines of Manatee and Lee counties. While Sarasota County this week was among the first local governments to lift restrictions on area beaches, it was also the only one to keep the parking lots closed. Now, County Administrator Jonathan Lewis is reconsidering that decision.

Wrightsville Beach (N.C.) Extends Parking Closures and Short-Term Rental Prohibition Until May 8
April 29, 2020
The Town of Wrightsville Beach is extending its ban on short-term rentals and the closure of public parking in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The town is also continuing its restrictions in regards to limited activities permitted on the beach.

Beach Access Unchanged in Newport Beach (Calif.), but Parking Restrictions Tightened
April 28, 2020
Newport Beach will not close its beaches. Visitors will find even less parking and more police and lifeguard presence, but they will nonetheless have access to the sand and surf, a split City Council decided Tuesday.

City of Rochester (Minn.) Extends Parking, Transit Changes
April 28, 2020
The City of Rochester is extending the parking and transit policies put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. City leaders say they expect to resume normal parking operations in June but until then they will continue the suspension of parking metering enforcement and residential parking permits.

Ocean Isle Beach (N.C.) to Reopen Public Beach Parking This Week
April 28, 2020
Ocean Isle Beach officials are removing several restrictions in place due to the coronavirus. On Tuesday, the mayor altered their state of emergency to open public parking and lift short-term rental restrictions. The beach will be open for exercise and recreational activity. Town buildings will remain closed to the public.

No Visitors: Residents-Only Parking in Effect in Jersey Shore's Belmar and Lake Cuomo
April 26, 2020
Belmar and Lake Como officials have taken to the streets to discourage visitors from coming into their communities during the state’s current stay-at-home order.

Sausalito (Calif.) City Parking Lots to Close on Weekends and Holidays
April 26, 2020
Starting Sunday, Sausalito municipal parking lots will be closed on weekends and holidays, because of safety concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic and "widespread disregard for non-essential travel restrictions," Sausalito police said Saturday.

Goleta (Calif.) Eases Overnight RV Parking Restrictions at Elks Lodge
April 26, 2020
The Goleta City Council has voted to relax some overnight recreational vehicle parking restrictions at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Several parking lots remain closed at area parks and beaches in response to the public health emergency. These sites allow RV parking.

Closing Parking at Open Beaches Unconstitutional (Wrightsville Beach, N.C.)
April 24, 2020
More than a month into the shutdown, the weather is getting warmer, and a lot of people are ready to hit the beach. But for practical purposes, most people can’t. While many local beaches have technically reopened, parking remains closed, and people who live off the island aren’t happy about. WECT spoke to Wilmington attorneys who said the policies are more than inconvenient - they’re unconstitutional. The attorneys say it was government overreach to close the beaches in the early days of the shutdown. Now, they say opening the beach without opening public parking means people who live at the beach are effectively the only people who can use it, and that’s not okay either.

Weekend Parking Lot Closure Begins Saturday at 6 Popular Cook County (Ill.) Forest Preserves
April 24, 2020
Parking lots at six popular Cook County forest preserves will be closed on weekends to prevent overcrowding and violations of Illinois' stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic, the county announced Friday.

Hull (Mass.) Restricts Parking to Residents Only Citing the Coronavirus Pandemic
April 24, 2020
Parking on town-owned streets and municipal lots is restricted to residents only following a weekend influx of visitors.

Belding (Mich.) Council Approves Traffic Control Order
April 23, 2020
Parking on Wells Street near the Flat River Trail in Belding will be temporarily restricted to one side after a request from the city’s Department of Public Works. The Belding City Council voted at its virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 21, on a traffic control order and resolution that temporarily restricts parking on the south side of Wells Street between West State Road (M-44) and Service Gate Drive.

City to Close Parking Lot at Gray's Lake Park (Des Moines, Iowa)
April 21, 2020
Starting Tuesday, the gates and the parking lot at Gray's Lake Park will be closed to improve social distancing. Des Moines officials say the trail will stay open and the park road will be available for pedestrian use.

Hartford (Conn.) to Close Parking Lots at City Parks to Encourage Social Distancing
April 20, 2020
The city of Hartford will be closing parking lots at its parks after seeing large crowds of people gathering in those areas over the weekend. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin explained that while city parks will remain open, the parking lots will be closed to discourage people from gathering in large groups. Food trucks will also be prohibited from parking near parks Friday through Sunday.

City of Myrtle Beach (S.C.) to Keep Public Beach Access and Parking Closed
April 20, 2020
The City of Myrtle Beach has announced they will be keeping public beach access and parking closed. Governor McMaster modified two executive orders at Monday’s press conference, returning the authority to local jurisdictions to decide.

Beach Overflow Parking Banned (Mount Desert, Maine)
April 20, 2020
At the request of Police Chief Jim Willis, the Board of Selectmen has amended the town’s traffic ordinance to permanently prohibit parking on either side of a portion of Steamboat Wharf Road, starting at the Route 3 intersection.

Crowds Prompt New Parking Rules at Hubbard Park in Meriden (Conn.)
April 20, 2020
In response to growing turnouts at Hubbard Park, the city’s Parks Department is instituting new parking procedures for pedestrian safety. During busy times, employees will monitor the number of vehicles going in and out. Once parking capacity of about 325 cars is reached, employees will close the lower West Main Street entrance and establish a “queue” at the upper West Main Street entrance to allow cars to enter as others leave.

Carpinteria (Calif.) Closes Beach-End Parking Lots
April 17, 2020
The City of Carpinteria has closed beach-end parking lots to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes lots on Linden, Elm, Holly and Ash avenues, along with the diagonal parking spaces on Linden Avenue south of the railroad tracks. This comes just two days after numerous people flocked to the beaches on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

DC Alters Parking Near Restaurants and Hospitals During Pandemic
April 19, 2020
Emergency “No Parking” signs have sprouted up in D.C. near restaurants and hospitals as city officials try to adjust the roadways to fit life during the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Marootian, director of the District Department of Transportation, said the agency is working with local businesses, ANC representatives, the D.C. Hospital Association and Washington Business Improvement Districts to determine the evolving requirements of specialized parking because of COVID-19.

Arnold (Pa.) Council Approves New, Restricted Handicapped Parking Regulations
April 17, 2020
Arnold Council approved new regulations governing handicapped parking at homes in the city. Under the ordinance, residents issued handicapped or severely disabled veteran license plates by the state are eligible to receive permits and have handicapped parking signs placed in front of their homes.

Parking Permits For Healthcare Workers, Extensions For Expired City Permits (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
April 14, 2020
The Department of Transportation informs that the City is issuing temporary Citywide on-street parking permits to healthcare personnel working in hospitals during COVID-19. To obtain the parking permit, healthcare workers should reach out to their hospital administrators directly.

Austin (Texas) Parks and Recreation Limiting Parking at Parks, Restricts Butler Hike and Bike Trail to One Way
April 13, 2020
Although the City of Austin's closure of all City parks and trails over the Easter weekend ended Monday at sunrise, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is implementing further restrictions to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Emergency Order Shuts Down Parking for Corbett’s Glen Town Park (Brighton, N.Y.)
April 12, 2020
The town of Brighton is closing off the parking lot for a popular town park, as park of an effort to limit people in the park and promote social distancing. Corbett’s Glen Town Park is a smaller town park with narrow walking trails and no parking, meaning it’s not the best place to practice social distancing and the town supervisor of Brighton wants to limit how many people go there.

Parking Banned Along Ocean Boulevard in Three (N.H.) Seacoast Towns
April 11, 2020
A new parking ban went into effect this weekend on a main road that runs along the Seacoast. Parking is no longer permitted along Ocean Boulevard, also known as Route 1A in Seabrook, North Hampton and Rye. The state Department of Transportation said the ban came at the request of officials in the three towns, which all feature beaches.

East China City Deploys Smart Parking Lots
April 13, 2020
The city of Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, has started upgrading its parking lots by the use of electronic toll collection (ETC) devices to improve parking efficiency. According to the Nanjing Urban Construction Investment Holding Group, it has collaborated with Jiangsu Tongxingbao Intelligent Transportation Technology Co., Ltd, an ETC specialized company, to develop Nanjing into a demonstration city in smart parking.

Traffic Problems to Propel Growth of Intelligent Transport System Market
April 6, 2020
The intelligent transport system (ITS) market is forecast to grow by $32.47 billion between 2020 and 2024, due to increased traffic congestion and road accidents, a new study finds. The predicted growth of smart cities during the forecast period is expected to have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly.

This Is How We Secure Smart Cities
March 26, 2020
The smart city market is in hyper-growth: $189 billion will be spent worldwide on smart cities initiatives by 2023. Smart cities rely on connections between systems, sensors and devices, but the more things that are connected, the greater the opportunity for cyberattackers to infiltrate. Security by design and governance involving cyber-specialists are crucial to smart city initiatives.

Cities Go Digital to Survive the New Normal
March 23, 2020
During a recent webinar, leaders highlighted how online municipal services will be key amid the spread of COVID-19, particularly to eliminate the "barriers of communication" with residents.

Smart Cities Council Releases Free Tool to Support Coronavirus Action
March 23, 2020
The COVID - 19 Mitigation Roadmap includes guidelines for assembling the team, a framework for planning, risks to consider, funding information and more.

Toyota, NTT Team up on Smart Cities, to Invest $1.8 Bln in Each Other - Source
March 23, 2020
Toyota Motor Corp and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp have agreed to work together on developing smart cities and will invest 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) in each other to cement the relationship, a person briefed on the issue told Reuters on Tuesday.

City Debuts Touchless Parking App (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
May 28, 2020
The city of Colorado Springs will begin parking enforcement at 2,400 metered parking spaces on June 1, but people who park in one of those spaces will be able to use a new touchless system to pay parking fees. The city’s Parking Enterprise has partnered with ParkMobile to provide contactless payments via a mobile app at metered parking spaces throughout the city.

New Credit Card Enabled Parking Meters for Nutley (N.J.)
May 28, 2020
Out with the old and in with the new. During the March 3 public meeting, the Nutley Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving the replacement of approximately 300 outdated parking meters. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the replacement project was stalled. The new single space on-street parking meters and accessories were purchased from IPS Group, Inc. in San Diego, California through the New Brunswick Parking Authority Cooperative Pricing System.

ParkHub and SpotHero Team Up to Promote a Contactless Event Parking Experience
May 26, 2020
ParkHub and SpotHero, leaders in digital parking solutions, have joined forces to promote a contactless, frictionless parking experience for fans and guests. The companies' integrated technology solution allows venues to sell parking in advance of events, swiftly authenticate digital passes onsite, and manage parking demand during operations. As part of the promotion, SpotHero is offering ParkHub clients up to 50% off their standard rate for a limited time.

Covid-19: Social Distancing Car Park Solution Enables In-Vehicle Queuing
May 21, 2020
Creative Car Park (CCP), a provider of ANPR/ALPR car park management services, has announced the launch of a vehicle based virtual queuing system. CarQ instantly places you in a virtual queue for the shop you want to visit as you enter a car park by using automatic number/license plate recognition. Any driver remains safe and warm within their vehicle, rather than standing in line in what can often be changeable weather conditions.

New Parking Kiosks Installed in Downtown Lake Geneva (Wis.)
May 20, 2020
Parking a car in downtown Lake Geneva has become a whole new experience. With the installation of a new fleet of parking kiosks, the numbered parking spaces no longer matter, and motorists cannot use dollar bills to feed the meter. Instead, motorists must remember their license plate number, and they either must download an app on their cellphone or be prepared with a credit card or coins to pay for their parking.

Benefits, Challenges of Surround-View Tech for Automated Parking Systems
May 19, 2020
Park-assist and automated parking functions make mundane tasks like parallel parking, parking in a crowded garage or a narrow parking space, or simply finding an available space easier for drivers. Surveys of drivers consistently show parallel parking to be among the most anxiety-inducing experiences we have behind the wheel. Moreover, low-speed car accidents, such as those that occur in parking maneuvers, can be a source of serious injuries that include whiplash, concussions and other soft tissue injuries.

License Plate Readers to Be Used to Enforce Parking (Alameda, Calif.)
May 9, 2020
City employees who hand out parking tickets are set to get an extra tool to identify those who leave their cars in a spot for too long. Automatic license plate readers, a technology that scans plates and signals a possible violation, will soon be attached to the vehicles that employees use as they travel around town and issue citations.

Minneapolis Technology Company Launches Breakthrough Health Safety Kiosk that helps Mitigate Spread of Covid-19
May 4, 2020
Municipal Parking Services, Inc. (MPS) today announced the launch of the first and only automated system to help mitigate the asymptomatic spread of Covid-19 on private and public premises through the detection of elevated temperatures, audited hand sanitation and entry access control.

Intel Set to Buy Israeli Co Moovit for $1B
May 3, 2020
Intel Corp. (Nasadq: INTL) is set to acquire Israeli company Moovit for about $1 billion. The company has developed a public transport and mobility journey planner app. Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel, is one of the shareholders in Moovit.

Drivewyze Adds Indiana to Rest Area Alerts – Provides Number of Parking Spots Available
April 28, 2020
Fleets utilizing Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass, and its included Drivewyze Safety Notifications service, now have in-cab notifications to inform drivers of the number of parking spots available at 10 rest areas throughout Indiana.

Trucker Tools Adds SecurSpace to App, Expands Overnight Parking Sources for Nation’s Truck Drivers
April 28, 2020
Trucker Tools , which provides real-time shipment visibility, trip planning, freight-matching and automated booking tools for freight brokers and small-fleet truckload carriers, announced today a strategic engagement with SecurSpace, which operates an online marketplace that connects businesses looking for parking and storage options to property owners with dedicated or excess capacity.

The Future of Technology in the Automotive Industry
April 25, 2020
Driving and parking are not the only things that cars tend to do nowadays. Just like a mobile phone does many other things than making phone calls, technology has enlightened the automotive industry with its magic. If we look back to ten years, we can see that the automotive industry has advanced a lot as numerous technology companies are paying their attention in this industry. With the helping hand of technology companies, we are having the most advanced, safest, and comfortable vehicles in this era.

Las Vegas Awards Contract for Parking Enforcement Automation
April 23, 2020
The Australian company SenSen won a five-year contract to introduce two hardware tools and 80 mobile app subscriptions for the automation of parking and traffic enforcement in the city of Las Vegas.

NYC Department of Transportation Offers Contact-Free Parking to Reduce Infection
April 23, 2020
The city’s Department of Transportation will temporarily partner with ParkMobile to give commuters another option to avoid physical payments that increase the risk of infection. Department officials strongly encourage workers who park in the city avoid contact with parking meters and pay on their phones using either the ParkNYC app or ParkMobile’s app at the 80,000 metered spots in New York City.

Survey Results are in for Tech Changes Coming to Bismarck (N.D.) Parking Ramps/Lots
April 23, 2020
Bismarck Parking Authority is continuing plans to upgrade city ramps and lots despite virus-related setbacks. The Parking Authority has the results from its technology upgrades survey Your News Leader first told you about in December. They now plan to move forward with the top recommendations.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission Votes to Install Dockless Vehicle Parking Stations and Bike Lanes at Virtual Meeting (Washington, D.C.)
April 22, 2020
A local governing body voted to expand street protections for dockless vehicles like bicycles and scooters during a virtual meeting held via Zoom Wednesday. The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission passed two resolutions to support installing parking stations for dockless vehicles and adding a protected bike lane to G Street between 17th Street and Virginia Avenue.

New uParker App Seeks to Make Parking Easier in College Towns
April 21, 2020
Finding parking spots in any college town can be frustrating. Now, with the advent of a mobile app, things may change in State College. Penn State student Ryan Smetana founded "uParker" after wanting to create software to make peoples' lives easier. While thinking of an idea, Smetana (senior-information sciences and technology) noticed the high demand for parking spots in State College, especially on game-day weekends.

NYC DOT Encourages Contactless Parking Payments
April 21, 2020
In an effort to reduce people spreading germs by touching city parking meters during the Covid-19 outbreak, the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) is encouraging all residents and visitors to pay for parking using an app.

New Tesla Feature Will Let Cars Park Themselves, Elon Musk Says
April 17, 2020
Tesla created a sensation with the release of Smart Summon last year, which allows a Tesla to pick an owner up in some instances and the watchful eye of the owner to ensure everyone's safekeeping. However, the Summon feature could get even smarter by the end of 2020.

Hyundai Recalls Cars With Remote Smart Parking Assist Feature
April 17, 2020
Hyundai is recalling vehicles equipped with its highly publicized smart parking remote automated parking system. The recall will fix a software error that could allow a vehicle to keep moving even if the system malfunctions.

How To Use IoT For Smart Parking Solution Development
April 14, 2020
Smart parking is a practical IoT application that can dramatically improve everyone’s life. Imagine, you arrive at your destination 20 minutes early for a very important meeting. You have plenty of time as long as you can find a place to park. The parking lot for the building is full. You drive around desperately looking for a space on the street but do not find one. You try the underground parking lot of the building across the street. Driving in, you suddenly have to stop.

East China City Deploys Smart Parking Lots
April 13, 2020
The city of Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, has started upgrading its parking lots by the use of electronic toll collection (ETC) devices to improve parking efficiency. According to the Nanjing Urban Construction Investment Holding Group, it has collaborated with Jiangsu Tongxingbao Intelligent Transportation Technology Co., Ltd, an ETC specialized company, to develop Nanjing into a demonstration city in smart parking.

Indiana University To Start Offering Multiyear Parking Pass Option To Full-Time Employees
May 26, 2020
Indiana University is now offering a multiyear parking pass option to full-time employees on the Bloomington campus. Parking passes are up for renewal in June. The multiyear pass lasts for several years, according to an IU News release, and will be available for EM-P and EM-S permits.

Drive-Thru, Walk-Up Virus Testing Coming to University of Nevada, Las Vegas Parking Garage
May 20, 2020
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Orleans will move to UNLV’s Tropicana Avenue parking garage next to the Thomas & Mack Center starting Wednesday, Clark County officials said.

Construction Begins This Week on New Covered Parking Structure With Solar Array at Weber State (Ogden, Utah)
May 10, 2020
Come fall semester, Weber State students will have access to parking that is covered by a new structure — but the university plans to use that structure for more than just shielding cars from the elements. Construction begins this week on a metal covering that will be built over the W10 parking lot on the northwest corner of the Ogden campus, according to a university press release and campus map. The structure will be located between parking services and the LDS Ogden Institute. A solar array will be installed on top of it, taking advantage of the very sunlight it will protect vehicles against.

Parking Structure Becomes Much-Needed Classroom, Study Hall (Sacramento State)
May 5, 2020
After classes moved to online and campus buildings were closed in March because COVID-19, Sacramento State students without reliable internet at home suddenly had problems gaining access to their courses. To help meet that challenge, the experts in the Division of Information Resources & Technology (IRT) took action and within days turned Parking Structure 5 (PS5) into a drive-in wifi hot spot and unique study hall.

University of the Fraser Valley Staff Donating Parking Money to Help Students (Abbotsford, Canada)
April 28, 2020
A post-secondary school in B.C. is putting a new twist on a lucky roll in Monopoly when it comes to ‘Free Parking.’ “Somebody put up their hand and said, ‘We’re not parking here anymore. We’re working remotely. So why don’t we dedicate what we would have spent on parking to helping students,'” notes Dave Pinton, director of communications for the University of the Fraser Valley.

University of Victoria Refusing to Refund Annual Parking Passes, Offering Credit for CARSA Memberships (Canada)
April 27, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting normal life across the globe, the University of Victoria is receiving criticism from students for not refunding the 12-month annual parking pass after classes for the remainder of the winter term and entire summer term moved online in March.

Mid-Plains Community College Board Approves Parking, Concrete Work on Quad Project (Lincoln County, Neb.)
April 23, 2020
The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors approved a change order for the North Platte Community College South Campus Quad project on Wednesday. The change order was to expand the parking area and to build the event pavilion approved at the March board meeting.

Ball State's Emens Parking Structure to Close for Good
April 23, 2020
At midnight May 8, parking in the Emens Parking structure will no longer be permitted and will be closed permanently in preparation for demolition, according to a campus-wide email from the university's facilities planning and management.

New uParker App Seeks to Make Parking Easier in College Towns
April 21, 2020
Finding parking spots in any college town can be frustrating. Now, with the advent of a mobile app, things may change in State College. Penn State student Ryan Smetana founded "uParker" after wanting to create software to make peoples' lives easier. While thinking of an idea, Smetana (senior-information sciences and technology) noticed the high demand for parking spots in State College, especially on game-day weekends.

Del Mar College Offering Students WI-FI Access From Its Parking Lots (Corpus Christi, Texas)
April 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how students are taking care of their assignments during the stay-at-home orders from their schools. Del Mar College is providing a solution to those who might not have access to Wi-Fi and the internet at their homes, with free internet access in designated parking lots, with high-density Wi-Fi hotspots across the campus.

Half of University of Idaho’s Parking Ticket Revenue Will Be Donated to Student Emergency Fund
April 21, 2020
Half of the University of Idaho’s parking citation revenue will go to a student support emergency fund from now until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, according to a press release sent out by UI.

Bid Approved for Phases Two and Three of Parking Lot Project (Sweet Springs, Mo.)
April 20, 2020
The Sweet Springs High R-7 School Board took care of some business items during its meeting on Thursday, April 16. In other news, it was announced that three bids were received for phases two and three of the parking-lot improvement project. The lowest bid of $713,586.70 from S&A Equipment Builders, of Fulton, was approved by the board.

University of Oklahoma Amid Coronavirus: Faculty, Staff Ineligible for Parking Pass Refunds
April 17, 2020
OU Parking and Transportation Services confirmed that faculty and staff are not currently eligible for refunds on their parking passes despite the shift to online classes for the rest of the semester due to COVID-19. Many students were previously offered refunds of varying amounts on their parking passes due to the cancellation of in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving others to wonder if more refunds would be offered to those within the university community.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale to Offer Fee, Parking Reimbursements to Students
April 17, 2020
Students at SIU Carbondale will get money back from the university after in-person classes were canceled due to COVID-19. In a message to students and staff on Friday, the university said, "We have carefully analyzed how the general fee is used, and we have reviewed approaches being taken by other institutions."

Ruling on Parking Paves the Way for Cohen High School Construction (New Orleans, La.)
April 15, 2020
The Board of Zoning Adjustments on Monday approved a long-debated parking plan for a rebuilt Walter L. Cohen College Prep high school campus. The campus will have more parking spots than the School Board originally proposed, but the plan falls short of the amount lobbied for by the school’s neighbors in the Delachaise area.

‘Virtually Empty’ Harvard Shuttles Switch to On-Demand Service
April 14, 2020
Harvard Transportation and Parking stopped running its shuttles Monday, shifting to an on-demand van service to serve the University’s mostly empty campus amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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