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Purple Heart Parking Initiative Launched (University of South Carolina)
November 12, 2019
Purple Heart recipients, those who have given so much while serving in the United States military, get access to better parking thanks to a new initiative from the University of South Carolina.

Parking Technology Startup Gains $2M in Seed Funding
November 12, 2019
An Indianapolis-based company that provides customer support in parking garages has received a big infusion of financial support. Parker Technology LLC has announced a $2 million series seed investment, led by Elevate Ventures and several local investors. The company says the capital will allow it to build out its product and expand marketing and sales efforts.

Parking and the Evolution of Connected Cars
November 12, 2019
Jonny Combe, UK CEO of PayByPhone, says that cashless parking technology is developing rapidly, but more work lies ahead before parking services can be offered as a built-in function in the connected cars of the future.

City Councilors, Media Tour New Parking Ramp (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
November 12, 2019
We’re getting a look inside of the new parking ramp in Downtown SIoux Falls that was originally planned to be a multi-use building.

Why Delhi Isn’t Taking to Parking Off-Street
November 12, 2019
There are 18 multi-level parking facilities across Delhi but nearly all of them are under utilised; issues range from price and enforcement to women’s safety.

For a Self-Driving Future, It's Not Just the Tech We Need to Get Right
November 12, 2019
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act in 1956, he predicted that the connected highway system would change the face of America. And it did exactly that - reshaping the way we move, and creating tremendous economic value. But it also created new challenges for our communities. Now, we stand to witness the next transportation revolution with the advent of self-driving cars.

315 Parking Meters to Be Added to Downtown Concord (N.H.)
November 12, 2019
At the start of December, downtown Concord will have about 315 new parking meters at spaces that were previously free to park, and some downtown workers and business owners are not excited about the change.

Chicago Plans Major Tax Hike on Ride-Hailing Users
November 12, 2019
Ride-hailing solo to and from downtown Chicago may soon become very expensive — and Uber and Lyft aren't happy. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to take the flat-rate tax of 72 cents per trip and increase it to $1.25 for single rides downtown.

Santa Barbara (Calif.) City Council to Settle Funk Zone Parking Dispute
November 12, 2019
Planning Commission approved a project at 11 Anacapa St. with fewer parking spaces than called for under city guidelines. The development calls for 46 parking spaces, but the commission approved 32 spaces, including 15 for valet.

Zomato Gold Users to Soon Get Better Deals and Free Valet Parking
November 12, 2019
Zomato CEO and Founder Deepinder Goyal have introduced new features for its valued Gold members to offer free valet parking to selected users. This is a new strategy by the company to offer overall better deals than its competitors like Uber Eats and Swiggy.

Selling Surface Lots in Downtown Sioux Falls (S.D.) Could Replenish City Hall's Parking Fund
November 12, 2019
Public parking lots in downtown Sioux Falls could be turned into commercial or residential real estate in the coming years. And that could bring a windfall to City Hall's dwindling parking enterprise fund.

Brightline Asks Boca for $12.6 Million for Parking Garage (Boca Raton, Fla.)
November 12, 2019
The Brightline rail service wants the city of Boca Raton to contribute 1.8 acres of land and $12.6 million for a new train station, city officials said Tuesday.

Parking Commission Mulls Free Downtown Parking (New Canaan, Conn.)
November 12, 2019
Should municipal parking lots in downtown New Canaan be free to all? The idea of eliminating metered parking in the downtown was discussed briefly during Thursday’s meeting of the Parking Commission at Town Hall.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Launching Pre-Paid Thanksgiving Holiday Parking Sales
November 11, 2019
DFW Airport is helping customers save money for upcoming Thanksgiving travels. Bill Begley with the DFW Airport says they’re offering a one week sale on terminal express parking for $7.99 a day, saving people up to 66%.

Electric Charging Stations Are the Biggest Trend in Parking Garages
November 11, 2019
Electric vehicle charging stations are the biggest trend in parking garages. An increase in electric vehicle ownership has created more demand for charging stations, and owners are responding to the need. The trend is true for both private owners and public owners.

5 Strategic Shifts That Are Making Cities Smarter: Report
November 11, 2019
As cities embrace new technologies and approaches to combat challenges, a new white paper from ABI Research, 5 Ways Cities Are Getting Smarter, examines the top strategy shifts that are currently making cities more advanced and efficient.

What Self-Driving Cars Can’t Recognize May Be a Matter of Life and Death
November 11, 2019
To understand the complexity of programming self-driving cars, experts on autonomous vehicles say, consider a deer, a moose or a cow — all rust-colored, four-legged mammals you might find roaming along the side of the road. Human drivers know they also behave differently. A machine might not.

Driverless Tesla Found Driving in Wrong Lane in a Parking Lot
November 11, 2019
In September, Tesla released Smart Summon, a feature that allows owners to summon their vehicles from up to 196 feet away using a smartphone app. Early reviews described it as an impressive feat, while also noting that the feature is “terrifying.” Now, as CBC reports, a video has surfaced showing a driverless Tesla moving at a brisk pace through a mall parking lot in Richmond, British Columbia — but on the wrong side of the road.

SmartPark Garages Increasing Long Term Parking Rates by $2 (Portland, Ore.)
November 10, 2019
Long term rates at Downtown SmartPark garages are on the rise. Starting November 18, all-day parking rates will go up by $2. Some of the most popular garages downtown will now charge between $15 and $20 for people who park more than four hours.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Launching Pre-Paid Thanksgiving Holiday Parking Sales
November 11, 2019
DFW Airport is helping customers save money for upcoming Thanksgiving travels. Bill Begley with the DFW Airport says they’re offering a one week sale on terminal express parking for $7.99 a day, saving people up to 66%.

COS Airport Installs Solar Parking Panels in Valet Parking Areas
November 8, 2019
The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) has substantially completed construction on its latest sustainability project – a solar covered carport in the valet parking lot that will house 36 parking spaces.

Bags Offers Remote Airline Check-In at New Economy Parking Garage at MSY
November 6, 2019
Bags, today announced its commencement of providing Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (“MSY”) passengers parking in the new Park MSY Express economy parking garage with a new and innovative service called Airline Baggage Check-In.

Flying High: County Votes to Continue Talk of Raising Parking Fees at LAS (Las Vegas, Nev.)
November 5, 2019
Parking at McCarran International Airport may soon cost a little more. On Tuesday, Clark County commissioners voted to continue the discussion to raise the long-term parking rates at the airport.

First Sunday Under New LAX Rideshare System A Nightmare For Travelers
November 3, 2019
Sundays are usually the busiest travel time at LAX, but the first Sunday under the airport’s new rideshare system made it a nightmare as well for many travelers. The new system bans rideshare vehicles from picking up passengers curbside in front of the terminals. Passengers must now take shuttle buses to the “LAX-IT” lot to get picked up.

LAX-It, Airport’s New System for Ride-Hailing and Taxi Services, Debuts Today
October 29, 2019
In an effort to cut down on traffic in the heavily congested horseshoe-shaped terminal complex, the airport is moving passenger pickups to a remote waiting area dubbed LAX-it, a centralized area for guests to grab a taxi, Lyft or Uber.

First Round of Changes Begin for Rideshare Users at Boston’s Logan Airport
October 28, 2019
Travelers who use rideshares to get to and from Logan Airport will see the first of several planned changes go into effect Monday. Airport officials are in the process of moving Uber and Lyft pickup lots from specific locations near each terminal to a centralized location built inside the airport's Central Parking Garage.

SP+ Curbside Valet Adds Gold Key Bag Check-In Service at Portland International Airport
October 24, 2019
SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (SP), a leading provider of technology-driven mobility solutions for aviation, commercial, hospitality and institutional clients throughout North America, today announced the addition of bag check-in services exclusively for parking customers with domestic flights who use the “Gold Key” curbside valet at Portland International Airport (PDX).

Uber, Lyft Ride Sharing Changes At Logan Airport Begin Monday
October 23, 2019
A new plan to reduce traffic congestion at Logan Airport is about to begin and ride-hailing passengers will have to walk farther starting next week. Ride app operations are moving to the airport’s central parking garage.

No Parking: Why Are Cleveland Hopkins Airport Parking Lots Filled to Capacity More Often?
October 23, 2019
There have been complaints that employee parking takes up more space, and patrons spillover from events at the Sheraton adjacent the airport. But the simple answer, the airport is getting busier.

University Park Airport Adds More Parking as Passenger Numbers near All-Time High (State College, Pa.)
October 22, 2019
University Park Airport has added 250 new parking spaces to its credit card lot amid the airport’s most highly trafficked week in history. Chris Groshel, chairman of the Centre County Airport Authority, said the addition of 250 parking spots means the airport is about a third of the way through its parking lot expansion and renovation.

Colorado Springs Airport Again Offers Holiday Half-Price Parking
October 17, 2019
The Colorado Springs Airport will again offer its half-price parking promotion during the holiday season, Nov. 15-Dec. 31, cutting the rate for long-term parking to 50 cents an hour and $3.50 per day.

Uber Says LAX’s New Pickup System Could Cause Long Waits and Traffic Jams
October 14, 2019
Uber has warned Los Angeles International Airport officials that travelers could face traffic jams and long waits for rides when a new pickup system for Uber and Lyft begins later this month. Starting Oct. 29, LAX will ban Uber, Lyft and taxi pickups from the curb in an attempt to address worsening traffic. Travelers will board a shuttle or walk to a parking lot next to Terminal 1 to catch a ride.

Parking Spots Disappear at Mineta San Jose International Airport
October 14, 2019
For nearly nine hours Saturday, every spot in every lot at Mineta San Jose International Airport was completely full — a sign that parking hasn’t kept pace with the airport’s explosive growth in recent years.

Honolulu Airport Parking Reaching Capacity and Electric Vehicles Are a Big Reason
October 10, 2019
The Hawaii Department of Transportation on Thursday urged travelers going to the Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu Airport to leave their cars at home and have someone drop them off as the parking structures are reaching capacity.

For a Self-Driving Future, It's Not Just the Tech We Need to Get Right
November 12, 2019
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act in 1956, he predicted that the connected highway system would change the face of America. And it did exactly that - reshaping the way we move, and creating tremendous economic value. But it also created new challenges for our communities. Now, we stand to witness the next transportation revolution with the advent of self-driving cars.

Chicago Plans Major Tax Hike on Ride-Hailing Users
November 12, 2019
Ride-hailing solo to and from downtown Chicago may soon become very expensive — and Uber and Lyft aren't happy. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to take the flat-rate tax of 72 cents per trip and increase it to $1.25 for single rides downtown.

Driverless Tesla Found Driving in Wrong Lane in a Parking Lot
November 11, 2019
In September, Tesla released Smart Summon, a feature that allows owners to summon their vehicles from up to 196 feet away using a smartphone app. Early reviews described it as an impressive feat, while also noting that the feature is “terrifying.” Now, as CBC reports, a video has surfaced showing a driverless Tesla moving at a brisk pace through a mall parking lot in Richmond, British Columbia — but on the wrong side of the road.

What Self-Driving Cars Can’t Recognize May Be a Matter of Life and Death
November 11, 2019
To understand the complexity of programming self-driving cars, experts on autonomous vehicles say, consider a deer, a moose or a cow — all rust-colored, four-legged mammals you might find roaming along the side of the road. Human drivers know they also behave differently. A machine might not.

Just How Far Ahead Is Tesla In Self-Driving?
November 8, 2019
Autonomous driving cars have emerged as a hot buzz word in the automotive industry over the last few years, with companies ranging from mainstream automakers such as General Motors to Silicon Valley startups such as Waymo (backed by Alphabet) looking to make a dent in the market. However, electric vehicle pioneer Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) appears to have a sizable early lead in this space both in terms of autonomous miles driven as well as monetization of its self-driving technology.

Lyft Offers Ride-Hailing Vouchers to Users Who Sell Their Cars
November 7, 2019
Lyft Inc. on Thursday said it was rolling out an offer to users in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago to sell their cars in exchange for credit on the ride-hailing platform. Those who sell their vehicle through Carvana, an online used car retailer, would receive $250 in Lyft credit and three months of free membership in Lyft's subscription service Pink.

Chinese Ride Hailing Giant Didi to Resume Car-Pooling Service After Year-Long Halt over Safety Concerns
November 6, 2019
Didi Chuxing, operator of China’s largest ride-hailing platform, is ready to relaunch its Hitch car-pooling service more than a year after two passenger deaths plunged the company into a crisis over safety.

Uber Thinks It’s a ‘Good Thing’ for Cities, but Cities Are Having Second Thoughts
November 5, 2019
The blueprint for cities that want to crack down on the worst excesses of ride-hailing.

Judge Dismisses Uber’s Challenge of NYC’s Effort to Limit Ride-Hailing Apps
November 5, 2019
A Manhattan judge has dismissed Uber’s lawsuit challenging New York City’s new law capping the number of licenses for ride-hailing services.

Ericsson Technology Seeks out Smartest and Sunniest Parking Spots
November 4, 2019
The company has teamed up with Solar Team Eindhoven to demonstrate Solar Smart parking that autonomously drives a car to the parking spot with the most sunshine for recharging.

How Reality Has Exceeded Our Expectations About Self-Driving Vehicles
November 4, 2019
The evolution of autonomous vehicles illustrates to what extent many people, including any number of experts, do not understand technological development cycles, and get things seriously wrong.

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change Car Ownership
November 4, 2019
In the next 15 years, drivers in big cities may trade cars for car-sharing services and electric shuttles and cut car ownership by 70%.

LAX-It, Airport’s New System for Ride-Hailing and Taxi Services, Debuts Today
October 29, 2019
In an effort to cut down on traffic in the heavily congested horseshoe-shaped terminal complex, the airport is moving passenger pickups to a remote waiting area dubbed LAX-it, a centralized area for guests to grab a taxi, Lyft or Uber.

First Round of Changes Begin for Rideshare Users at Boston’s Logan Airport
October 28, 2019
Travelers who use rideshares to get to and from Logan Airport will see the first of several planned changes go into effect Monday. Airport officials are in the process of moving Uber and Lyft pickup lots from specific locations near each terminal to a centralized location built inside the airport's Central Parking Garage.

MIT Uses Shadows to Help Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
October 28, 2019
We’re still not at the point where autonomous vehicle systems can best human drivers in all scenarios, but the hope is that eventually, technology being incorporated into self-driving cars will be capable of things humans can’t even fathom — like seeing around corners. There’s been a lot of work and research put into this concept over the years, but MIT’s newest system uses relatively affordable and readily available technology to pull off this seemingly magic trick.

How AI Is Paving the Way for Autonomous Cars
October 28, 2019
The world is changing faster than imagined, and AI is getting smarter with every passing day. Autonomous cars have been recently hitting the headlines and dominating tech-talks.

City’s Ride-Hailing Report Quantifies the Damage Uber and Lyft Are Doing to Chicago
October 25, 2019
Last week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot released her plan to increase city fees for solo ride-hailing trips citywide, with additional fees in the downtown area during peak traffic times. Meanwhile, the cost of shared trips would be lowered a bit. This is part of a larger plan to tackle congestion on our city streets.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Says He Does Not Expect Fully Autonomous Cars 'in My Lifetime'
October 24, 2019
Once a strong proponent of both artificial intelligence, or AI, and autonomous driving, Steve Wozniak says he doesn’t think either will live up to expectations. Fully self-driving vehicles in particular likely won’t be ready for the real world “in my lifetime,” he said during a tech conference in Las Vegas this week.

Penske Corp. Launches Penske Dash Carsharing Service in Washington, D.C.
October 23, 2019
Penske Corp., a Bloomfield Township-based diversified, on-highway, transportation services company, has launched a carsharing service – called Penske Dash – this week in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va.

Driverless Cars Could Lead to More Traffic Congestion
October 23, 2019
New research has predicted that driverless cars could worsen traffic congestion in the coming decades, partly because of drivers' attitudes to the emerging technology and a lack of willingness to share their rides.

Uber, Lyft Ride Sharing Changes At Logan Airport Begin Monday
October 23, 2019
A new plan to reduce traffic congestion at Logan Airport is about to begin and ride-hailing passengers will have to walk farther starting next week. Ride app operations are moving to the airport’s central parking garage.

Uber’s Quest to Become the West’s First Super-App
October 23, 2019
Uber has long seen itself as more than just a ride-hailing app. Four years ago it launched Uber Eats to connect customers with on-demand takeaway food in cities across the United States. In 2018, it acquired Jump, and bright red e-bikes proliferated around Europe. But now, having posted a $5.2bn loss last quarter and with its mainstay business coming under threat from regulatory burdens, it is looking to expand its vision even further.

Will Autonomous Cars Eradicate Driving Jobs? Don’t Hold Your Breath
October 22, 2019
Automation, job security, and truck driving were center stage at last week’s Democratic debate. Andrew Yang and Elizabeth Warren in particular sparred over whether automation was going to kill jobs and wipe out the trucking industry. Without a doubt, the next 10 years will see drastic changes to the way cars and trucks move us and our cargo around. But the next decade of changes will entail much smaller changes than many people – presidential candidates included – are expecting.

Lightfoot Unveils $40 Million Congestion Fee on Solo Ride-Hail Trips; Downtown Rides Take Biggest Hit (Chicago, Ill.)
October 18, 2019
Uber, Lyft and Via passengers who ride solo would pay higher taxes — and face a hefty surcharge for riding alone downtown — under a $40 million mayoral plan intended to cut congestion. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is following through on her promise to impose a “congestion tax” on ride-hailing companies flooding the streets of the Central Business District, the Near North Side and West Loop.

Are Ride-Hailing Regulations Going National?
October 17, 2019
Lawmakers pledged legislation on Wednesday to better regulate the ride-hailing industry following intense criticism of mobility giants Uber and Lyft. The companies came under fire especially for their records on safety and labor practices, with members of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit promising to explore national, wide-ranging regulations.

Industry Leaders Form Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium
October 15, 2019
Arm, Bosch, Continental, DENSO, General Motors, NVIDIA, NXP Semiconductors and Toyota are working together through a new consortium that’s dedicated to advancing the development of driverless cars. The automotive and technology companies have formed the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), and will collaborate to develop a “set of recommendations of a system architecture and a computing platform to promote scalable deployment of automated and autonomous vehicles,” according to a news release.

Hyundai Is Investing $35 Billion in Autonomous Driving and Electric Cars
October 15, 2019
Hyundai does not intend to be left behind in the high-stakes race to build mass-market electric and self-driving cars. South Korea's largest car company said Tuesday that it plans to invest 41 trillion won ($35 billion) into "future mobility technology" by 2025.

Tesla Smart Summon: Why Self-Driving Cars Aren't Ready for Roads
October 14, 2019
Since Tesla rolled out the Smart Summon, a feature that enables Model 3 owners to "summon" their car remotely, the technology has been subject to much testing. The limited self-driving technology has seen hundreds of thousands of tests, and many users have published their experience. The results have been mixed, with the mistakes receiving more highlights than the successful performances.

Uber and Lyft Are Suing New York City After It Limited the Length of Time Drivers Can Cruise Without Passengers
October 14, 2019
Lyft, following its rival Uber's move, has sued New York City seeking to nullify a new rule limiting the time its drivers are allowed to spend cruising in Manhattan without passengers, the company said on Saturday.

Uber Says LAX’s New Pickup System Could Cause Long Waits and Traffic Jams
October 14, 2019
Uber has warned Los Angeles International Airport officials that travelers could face traffic jams and long waits for rides when a new pickup system for Uber and Lyft begins later this month. Starting Oct. 29, LAX will ban Uber, Lyft and taxi pickups from the curb in an attempt to address worsening traffic. Travelers will board a shuttle or walk to a parking lot next to Terminal 1 to catch a ride.

Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why the Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow
October 12, 2019
At a building site in Reston, there is something small and quiet on the roads alongside big noisy dump trucks: automated shuttles that ferry office workers whose routines have been disrupted by the construction. The shuttles’ job is to make runs from parking lots that have been shifted farther from people’s offices. But when the new offices, apartments and stores go up on the 36-acre Halley Rise development in Northern Virginia and a Metro station opens nearby, the company that operates them hopes the vehicles will speed people on the first or last mile of their daily commute.

Santa Barbara (Calif.) City Council to Settle Funk Zone Parking Dispute
November 12, 2019
Planning Commission approved a project at 11 Anacapa St. with fewer parking spaces than called for under city guidelines. The development calls for 46 parking spaces, but the commission approved 32 spaces, including 15 for valet.

Zomato Gold Users to Soon Get Better Deals and Free Valet Parking
November 12, 2019
Zomato CEO and Founder Deepinder Goyal have introduced new features for its valued Gold members to offer free valet parking to selected users. This is a new strategy by the company to offer overall better deals than its competitors like Uber Eats and Swiggy.

Today's Pickup: Reliance Partners Teams With TruckPark To Explore Impact Of Truck Parking Reservations
November 5, 2019
The growing truck parking reservation service TruckPark is partnering with insurer Reliance Partners to explore how truck parking reservation systems might improve the quality of a driver's rest.

Main Street Supports Park City (Utah) Taxi, Shuttle Parking Trial, but with Concerns
November 4, 2019
The group representing the interests of businesses along Main Street or just off the street supports a trial of a City Hall idea to create locations for taxis and shuttles to drop off and pick up passengers, but said in a detailed memo to municipal leaders questions remain about the prospects for the idea’s success.

Would Free Parking Help or Hurt Bethlehem (Pa.) Merchants?
November 3, 2019
After almost 25 years of working on Main Street in Bethlehem, Aardvark Sports Shop owner Bruce E. Haines can guarantee at least once a week he’ll be debating downtown parking. The hot topic of the moment is whether free parking -- paired with stiff fines for over-staying time limits -- in core areas of the city’s two downtowns could be a boon for business or complicate matters.

"Valet of the Dolls" Puts Female Twist on LA Valet Service
November 1, 2019
They work 600 events a year from fundraisers to funerals and have even been hired as valet for presidential visits to Southern California since George W. Bush was in office. "This is my second hustle," said Barbara Cunningham Williams. She works in the entertainment industry by day and at night she parks cars for Valet of the Dolls.

Giants Plan Huge Changes to 2020 Parking as They Eliminate Hundreds of Spaces (San Francisco, Calif.)
October 29, 2019
To encourage fans to take transit to Oracle Park next season — when the Giants turn a big chunk of the main parking lot into a construction zone — the club is making significant changes to its parking prices and structure, The Chronicle has learned.

City: Higher Parking Rates Haven't Driven Shoppers Away (Evanston, Ill.)
October 28, 2019
Evanston city officials say there's no evidence to support claims that this year's increase in hourly parking rates has driven shoppers away from the city.

New South Parking – California Selected as Valet Parking Operator at New Grand Hyatt at SFO
October 28, 2019
SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (SP), a leading provider of technology-driven mobility solutions for aviation, commercial, hospitality and institutional clients throughout North America, announces its selection to provide valet parking services for the new Grand Hyatt at SFO, the only hotel located on-airport at San Francisco International Airport. SP+ was selected via its majority ownership of the New South Parking – California operating entity which provides parking, valet, janitorial and security services at SFO.

Marquette (Mich.) City Commission Rezones Parking Lot for Retail and Residential Use
October 28, 2019
The Marquette City Commission voted Monday night to approve the rezoning of a current parking lot in the downtown district.

SP+ Curbside Valet Adds Gold Key Bag Check-In Service at Portland International Airport
October 24, 2019
SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (SP), a leading provider of technology-driven mobility solutions for aviation, commercial, hospitality and institutional clients throughout North America, today announced the addition of bag check-in services exclusively for parking customers with domestic flights who use the “Gold Key” curbside valet at Portland International Airport (PDX).

Bosch, GAC R&D Center Jointly Launch SAE l4 Automated Valet Parking System
October 23, 2019
On October 23, Bosch, one of the world's biggest automotive suppliers, and GAC R&D Center jointly launched an automated valet parking (AVP) system capable of SAE Level 4 functions at the Bosch Connected Mobility Conference 2019.

City Considering Revising Parking Lot Standards (Dickinson, N.D.)
October 23, 2019
The City of Dickinson is looking at changing parking lot standards for developments. Current standards require a minimum amount of parking spaces based on square footage and the number of customers and employees being accommodated.

Watertown (N.Y.) Business Owners React Positively to New Downtown Parking Policy
October 22, 2019
City officials say they are getting good reviews for stricter downtown parking enforcement and for adding some new short-term parking spots. The subject came up on Monday night in response to criticism about an over-aggressive parking enforcement officer who’s chasing customers away.

Durham (N.C.) Scrapped a Parking Lot Lease Ninth Street Merchants Rely On Without Bothering to Tell Them
October 22, 2019
Included in that row of properties is 725 Ninth Street, a forty-five-space parking lot nestled in front of a grassy slope that leads to the offices in the Erwin Mill No. 1 building. For three decades, the city has leased this lot for public use. But now, Cannistraci told O’Shea, the acting president of the Ninth Street Merchants Association, that arrangement had ended.

Authority to Provide Parking Relief for Retail (Williamsport, Pa.)
October 18, 2019
To facilitate an accelerated and shortened holiday season, metered parking will not be enforced beyond 3 p.m., from Thanksgiving to Christmas this year. Additionally, First Fridays, which have always been a year-round tradition, will hold to the same rule.

Health Sciences Centre Takes Your Car Keys to Add Parking Spots (Canada)
October 15, 2019
A new overflow parking system is now up and running at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, offering a valet-like service the hospital hopes helps address its parking space crunch.

Parking Going Digital: Downtown San Mateo (Calif.) Getting New Signs and Pay Stations
October 14, 2019
Finding a place to park should get easier in downtown San Mateo, following a decision by officials to install digital signs showing vacancies at garages, hang new signs directing drivers to nearby lots and update meters and pay stations.

Ypsilanti (Mich.) to Discuss, Vote on Paid Parking Plan in Business Districts
October 14, 2019
A new parking plan for three business districts that would add more metered spots in Ypsilanti will be considered by City Council this week. The city is proposing paid parking additions, more handicap parking and adding a pay-by-phone option for metered spots in the Downtown, Depot Town and West Cross districts, according to a presentation planned for the Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting.

Dozens of Parking Spots to Be Scrapped from Les Esplanade
October 14, 2019
Lower Manhattan will lose a slew of commercial parking spaces after plans to move a Seaport lot on the esplanade further north spurred outrages from residents. The Economic Development Corporation is scrapping 68 commercial parking spots it currently operates on the waterfront under its project to revamp the crumbling esplanade from Peck to Catherine slips beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, the agency said.

On-Street Parking Spaces in Harrisburg (Pa.) Could Be Reserved for Business-Only Use Under Proposal
October 11, 2019
Business owners in certain parts of Harrisburg could have the option of buying permits for on-street spaces to ensure that their employees and patrons would be able to park nearby. That’s according to Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, who this week shared details about a proposed bill that would allow city officials to set up “commercial parking districts” where the pay-for-permit plan would apply.

Major Project Planned for Parking Lots by Gillette Headquarters
October 11, 2019
The sea of parking lots alongside Gillette's World Shaving Headquarters could become home to three new buildings and more than three acres of park space, under a proposal soon to be filed with the city of Boston by their new owner. Development firm Related Beal took the wraps off its plans for the prominent site along Fort Point Channel that it bought from Gillette parent Procter & Gamble in May for $218 million.

Google Expands Crowdsourced Transit App Pigeon to 5 New Cities
November 6, 2019
Google is expanding the scope of its Pigeon Transit app, which crowdsources information on congestion, delays and other incidents for transit riders. The app will now be available in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

NYC’s Congestion Pricing Program Leads Lawmakers to Explore Parking Permits
November 4, 2019
Manhattanites worry about losing parking thanks to congestion pricing, but are those fears founded?

City’s Ride-Hailing Report Quantifies the Damage Uber and Lyft Are Doing to Chicago
October 25, 2019
Last week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot released her plan to increase city fees for solo ride-hailing trips citywide, with additional fees in the downtown area during peak traffic times. Meanwhile, the cost of shared trips would be lowered a bit. This is part of a larger plan to tackle congestion on our city streets.

Driverless Cars Could Lead to More Traffic Congestion
October 23, 2019
New research has predicted that driverless cars could worsen traffic congestion in the coming decades, partly because of drivers' attitudes to the emerging technology and a lack of willingness to share their rides.

Uber, Lyft Ride Sharing Changes At Logan Airport Begin Monday
October 23, 2019
A new plan to reduce traffic congestion at Logan Airport is about to begin and ride-hailing passengers will have to walk farther starting next week. Ride app operations are moving to the airport’s central parking garage.

Lightfoot Unveils $40 Million Congestion Fee on Solo Ride-Hail Trips; Downtown Rides Take Biggest Hit (Chicago, Ill.)
October 18, 2019
Uber, Lyft and Via passengers who ride solo would pay higher taxes — and face a hefty surcharge for riding alone downtown — under a $40 million mayoral plan intended to cut congestion. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is following through on her promise to impose a “congestion tax” on ride-hailing companies flooding the streets of the Central Business District, the Near North Side and West Loop.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Urged to Try Congestion Pricing to Ease Traffic
October 15, 2019
Citing the warning by Gov. Charlie Baker administration's that traffic is at a "tipping point," lawmakers and advocates renewed calls for Massachusetts to follow its peers and adjust roadway tolls at different times of day in an attempt to reduce congestion. A version of the system, referred to as congestion pricing, is already in place in nine of the country's 10 largest metropolitan areas, according to Transportation for Massachusetts Executive Director Chris Dempsey.

Uber and Lyft Are Suing New York City After It Limited the Length of Time Drivers Can Cruise Without Passengers
October 14, 2019
Lyft, following its rival Uber's move, has sued New York City seeking to nullify a new rule limiting the time its drivers are allowed to spend cruising in Manhattan without passengers, the company said on Saturday.

Uber Says LAX’s New Pickup System Could Cause Long Waits and Traffic Jams
October 14, 2019
Uber has warned Los Angeles International Airport officials that travelers could face traffic jams and long waits for rides when a new pickup system for Uber and Lyft begins later this month. Starting Oct. 29, LAX will ban Uber, Lyft and taxi pickups from the curb in an attempt to address worsening traffic. Travelers will board a shuttle or walk to a parking lot next to Terminal 1 to catch a ride.

Artificial Intelligence Based Parking Systems
October 11, 2019
There are too many vehicles and not enough parking spaces. Traffic congestion caused by irregular vehicle parking is an alarming problem. AI-based smart parking can help ease the process of finding a parking spot and also help manage parking spaces better. According to a recent research, 30% of the traffic in urban areas is caused by drivers and motorists looking for parking spaces.

Electric Charging Stations Are the Biggest Trend in Parking Garages
November 11, 2019
Electric vehicle charging stations are the biggest trend in parking garages. An increase in electric vehicle ownership has created more demand for charging stations, and owners are responding to the need. The trend is true for both private owners and public owners.

Europe Slow to Standardize Electric Car Charging: ChargePoint
November 7, 2019
Inconsistent requirements for charging stations across Europe are keeping the infrastructure for electric cars from growing as fast as it could, the CEO of ChargePoint, one of the world's largest charging network operators, said on Tuesday.

Council Considers Adding Electric Car Charging Station (Bucyrus, Ohio)
November 7, 2019
The Crawford Partnership has offered Bucyrus a chance to add an electric car charging station to City Lot 6 at no cost to the city. Erin Stine, community development director for The Crawford Partnership, presented the proposal at the beginning of Bucyrus City Council's regular committee meetings on Thursday in council chambers.

The Electric Vehicle Industry Needs to Figure out Its Battery Problem
November 6, 2019
Electrifying transportation is one of the biggest keys to solving the looming climate crisis. With more electric vehicles on the road and fewer gas-guzzlers, drivers burn less fossil fuels and put out fewer planet-heating gases into the atmosphere. But as electric vehicles become more popular, they’re posing another environmental challenge: what to do with their batteries once they’re off the road.

Omaha (Neb.) Parking Enforcement Buys 3 Electric Vehicles for $87k to Try to Cut Costs
November 5, 2019
The next time you get a parking ticket in Omaha, you might not hear it coming. Omaha Parking and Mobility will add three electric vehicles to its fleet of about a dozen gas-powered vehicles after a unanimous consent agenda vote Tuesday by the City Council.

Ericsson Technology Seeks out Smartest and Sunniest Parking Spots
November 4, 2019
The company has teamed up with Solar Team Eindhoven to demonstrate Solar Smart parking that autonomously drives a car to the parking spot with the most sunshine for recharging.

Electric Cars Take Charge in Washington
November 3, 2019
Clark County’s electric and hybrid car owners got a surprise a few weeks ago when they learned a new state law would add a $75 vehicle registration fee for electric and hybrid vehicles that would go toward building out charging infrastructure.

Putting Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Where People Will Actually Use Them
October 31, 2019
There’s a lot of science — or should be, at least — behind where, exactly, to put a rapidly growing number of electric-vehicle charging stations. Automakers, electric utility companies, local and state governments and other parties are embarked on a charging-station building binge, ahead of a hoped-for increase in EV adoption. But historically, they don’t always end up in the best places, according to San Francisco-based StreetLight Data.

Cities Can Lead the Way for Vehicle Grid Integration
October 29, 2019
Since the dawn of the modern EV era, grid operators have warned that the vehicles could overwhelm grid distribution systems. The warning has yet to materialize, but the threat remains.

Electrify America Installs 5 S.C. Vehicle Charging Stations
October 24, 2019
Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America headquartered in Reston, Va., has opened five electric vehicle charging stations across South Carolina, including one in the Lowcountry.

San Jose (Calif.) Gets $14M For New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
October 22, 2019
San Jose is ramping up electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city with a new $14 million investment, courtesy of the California Energy Commission and San Jose Clean Energy.

Next Gold Rush: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
October 21, 2019
Tesla was ahead of its time when it bet on a proprietary Supercharger network. Now, public EV charging infrastructure is popping up all over the globe. Even McDonald’s is getting in on the action. Gas stations are starting to see the writing on the wall. A few are even converting gas pumps to EV chargers.

Hyundai Is Investing $35 Billion in Autonomous Driving and Electric Cars
October 15, 2019
Hyundai does not intend to be left behind in the high-stakes race to build mass-market electric and self-driving cars. South Korea's largest car company said Tuesday that it plans to invest 41 trillion won ($35 billion) into "future mobility technology" by 2025.

New Yorkers Could Face Battery-Charging Station Shortage for Electric Cars
October 12, 2019
While New York state’s future promises to be filled with electric vehicles, finding a battery-charging station could be a challenge. In a new survey by consulting firm West Monroe Partners, 57% of New Yorkers are forecast to buy an electric vehicle (EV) within the next 24 months.

Amid Neighbor Concerns, Rush Oak Park Hospital to Continue Work on Proposed Parking Garage Design (Oak Park, Ill.)
November 7, 2019
Rush Oak Park Hospital officials have pledged to reach out to nearby residents after they received pushback about the hospital’s proposed new parking garage from several community members.

City MCAs Pass Motion to Regulate Private Hospital Parking (Nairobi, Kenya)
November 6, 2019
Minority chief whip Peter Imwatok said the parking charges are run by cartels without the interest of patients in hospitals. Thumbi had raised concerns that private parking in the county is not regulated, which had made some private hospitals to charge exorbitantly.

No Change Coming to Hospital Parking Fees, Province Says
November 3, 2019
Ontario hospitals will keep their existing rules around parking lot rates as Quebec moves to lower or eliminate fees at its health facilities.

Traffic Study Delays Plans for Kmart Parking Lot (Rochester, Minn.)
November 2, 2019
Review of plans to convert the former Kmart parking lot into a park-and-ride for Saint Marys Hospital employees has been delayed a month.

Quebec Will Slash Hospital Parking Rates, 'but We Don't Know When'
October 28, 2019
Patient-rights groups in Montreal appear to have won a four-year battle to persuade the Quebec government to slash exorbitant hospital parking rates after Health Minister Danielle McCann confirmed on Monday that she will cap rates at $7 to $10 as early as next month.

Rush Oak Park (Ill.) Hospital Seeks Approval for $27 Million, 700-Space Parking Garage
October 24, 2019
Construction at Rush Oak Park Hospital may not yet be complete as officials have announced plans to build a new six-level parking garage on its campus. The hospital, which recently opened a new $30 million emergency department, is now seeking village approval for a new parking garage to be built on an existing employee parking lot at the northwest corner of Monroe Street and Wenonah Avenue.

The Millions Made in Profit from Hospital Parking in Leeds Last Year (England)
October 22, 2019
Last year, according to the latest figures, the NHS Trust of Leeds earned a profit of almost 3.5 million pounds from its parking lots. The statistics of the NHS Digital show that the organization had a gross income of 2.1 million pounds in 2018/19 from the parking lot for patients and visitors.

Health Sciences Centre Takes Your Car Keys to Add Parking Spots (Canada)
October 15, 2019
A new overflow parking system is now up and running at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, offering a valet-like service the hospital hopes helps address its parking space crunch.

Canterbury Health Board Member Suggests New Parking Working Group (New Zealand)
October 15, 2019
A health board member has proposed a new working group to tackle a lack of parking at Christchurch Hospital, saying the public are fed up with the delays.

Kmart Parking Plan Takes First Public Step (Rochester, Minn.)
October 14, 2019
Owners of the former Kmart site in Southeast Rochester are taking the first public steps toward seeking Rochester City Council approval for creating up to 1,400 parking spaces to lease to Mayo Clinic.

Cape Cod Hospital to Improve Employee Parking Lot Safety (Hyannis, Mass.)
October 10, 2019
Following an attempted robbery of a Cape Cod Hospital employee over the weekend, security staff are seeking to make the employee parking lot safer.

Why Delhi Isn’t Taking to Parking Off-Street
November 12, 2019
There are 18 multi-level parking facilities across Delhi but nearly all of them are under utilised; issues range from price and enforcement to women’s safety.

Zomato Gold Users to Soon Get Better Deals and Free Valet Parking
November 12, 2019
Zomato CEO and Founder Deepinder Goyal have introduced new features for its valued Gold members to offer free valet parking to selected users. This is a new strategy by the company to offer overall better deals than its competitors like Uber Eats and Swiggy.

Parking and the Evolution of Connected Cars
November 12, 2019
Jonny Combe, UK CEO of PayByPhone, says that cashless parking technology is developing rapidly, but more work lies ahead before parking services can be offered as a built-in function in the connected cars of the future.

Europe Slow to Standardize Electric Car Charging: ChargePoint
November 7, 2019
Inconsistent requirements for charging stations across Europe are keeping the infrastructure for electric cars from growing as fast as it could, the CEO of ChargePoint, one of the world's largest charging network operators, said on Tuesday.

City MCAs Pass Motion to Regulate Private Hospital Parking (Nairobi, Kenya)
November 6, 2019
Minority chief whip Peter Imwatok said the parking charges are run by cartels without the interest of patients in hospitals. Thumbi had raised concerns that private parking in the county is not regulated, which had made some private hospitals to charge exorbitantly.

Chinese Ride Hailing Giant Didi to Resume Car-Pooling Service After Year-Long Halt over Safety Concerns
November 6, 2019
Didi Chuxing, operator of China’s largest ride-hailing platform, is ready to relaunch its Hitch car-pooling service more than a year after two passenger deaths plunged the company into a crisis over safety.

Soon, Reserve Parking in Sharjah from Your Phone (United Arab Emirates)
November 5, 2019
Soon, motorists will be able to identify and reserve parking lots through their mobile phone, thanks to the artificial intelligence enabled Sharjah Smart Parking. The Sharjah City Municipality has announced its collaboration with digital transformation catalyst Evoteq for a new artificial intelligence solution that will significantly enhance the emirate's parking management system.

Acer ITS Completes Smart Roadside Parking System in Tainan
November 4, 2019
Acer's subsidiary electronic transportation solution developer Acer ITS has completed a smart roadside parking system of 483 parking space units in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, according to the company.

Klafthmonos Square Parking Structure Fortification Walls
November 4, 2019
Preserved portions of Athens's ancient defenses are on display in a subterranean parking garage.

No Change Coming to Hospital Parking Fees, Province Says
November 3, 2019
Ontario hospitals will keep their existing rules around parking lot rates as Quebec moves to lower or eliminate fees at its health facilities.

Quebec Will Slash Hospital Parking Rates, 'but We Don't Know When'
October 28, 2019
Patient-rights groups in Montreal appear to have won a four-year battle to persuade the Quebec government to slash exorbitant hospital parking rates after Health Minister Danielle McCann confirmed on Monday that she will cap rates at $7 to $10 as early as next month.

Hong Kong Parking Space Sells for Nearly $1 Million
October 24, 2019
At the Center, a 73-story Hong Kong skyscraper, a well-placed parking space reserved for executives and tenants was recently sold for an eye-popping $969,000 ($7.6 million in HK dollars).

The Millions Made in Profit from Hospital Parking in Leeds Last Year (England)
October 22, 2019
Last year, according to the latest figures, the NHS Trust of Leeds earned a profit of almost 3.5 million pounds from its parking lots. The statistics of the NHS Digital show that the organization had a gross income of 2.1 million pounds in 2018/19 from the parking lot for patients and visitors.

Corporations Go Slow on Ahmedabad Parking Policie (India)
October 21, 2019
Despite getting written direction from the state government all municipal corporations in the state are dragging their feet over preparing city parking policies and action plans. Except Surat, no other municipal corporation in the state has any parking policy or action plan.

Health Sciences Centre Takes Your Car Keys to Add Parking Spots (Canada)
October 15, 2019
A new overflow parking system is now up and running at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, offering a valet-like service the hospital hopes helps address its parking space crunch.

Canterbury Health Board Member Suggests New Parking Working Group (New Zealand)
October 15, 2019
A health board member has proposed a new working group to tackle a lack of parking at Christchurch Hospital, saying the public are fed up with the delays.

Ashghal to Develop over 5,200 Parking Slots in Doha (Qatar)
October 13, 2019
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced Sunday a 'Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Maintain and Transfer' tender for the development of multiple on- and off-street car parking facilities within the Doha Central and West Bay areas as a public-private partnership.

MSPs Approve Powers for Workplace Parking Tax (Scotland)
October 10, 2019
Councils in Scotland are to have the power to charge a levy on workplace parking under a new law passed by MSPs. The new local tax power is part of a package of reforms to transport, including a shakeup of bus services and low-emission zones in cities.

Parking Technology Startup Gains $2M in Seed Funding
November 12, 2019
An Indianapolis-based company that provides customer support in parking garages has received a big infusion of financial support. Parker Technology LLC has announced a $2 million series seed investment, led by Elevate Ventures and several local investors. The company says the capital will allow it to build out its product and expand marketing and sales efforts.

INDECT Announces Management Reorganization of its USA Division
October 22, 2019
INDECT Electronics & Distribution GMBH, the world’s leading parking guidance system development company, recently announced the promotion of Stephen Evans of its INDECT USA Division to take over its U.S. Operations.

Arrive Accelerates Deployment of Seamless Parking Solutions Across North America
October 22, 2019
Arrive is accelerating the deployment of its seamless parking solutions across North America, moving from city-based tests to wide-scale implementation of its frictionless technologies. By the end of 2020, Arrive aims to have installed Bluetooth and other technologies in tens of thousands of garages and lots across the U.S. and Canada. To help the company accelerate its expansion, Arrive has entered into a strategic partnership with Inugo, a New Zealand-based company, to provide Arrive with Bluetooth connectivity kits that the company has integrated into existing PARCS systems.

Park 'N Fly Acquires Executive Valet!
October 22, 2019
On November 17th, 2019, Park 'N Fly acquires the well-established off airport parking facility Executive Valet.

USA’s Largest Parking Automation Provider Amano McGann Partners with Smarking - Industry Leader in Business Intelligence and Yield Management Software - to Empower 7,000+ Parking Sites
October 21, 2019
Amano McGann, North America’s largest provider of Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) and parking automation systems, and Smarking, the parking industry’s leader in business intelligence and yield management software, announced today a formal partnership to provide Amano’s 7,000+ client sites and future sites with Smarking’s cutting edge Business Intelligence and Yield Management Enterprise Software-as-a-Service solution.

315 Parking Meters to Be Added to Downtown Concord (N.H.)
November 12, 2019
At the start of December, downtown Concord will have about 315 new parking meters at spaces that were previously free to park, and some downtown workers and business owners are not excited about the change.

Parking Commission Mulls Free Downtown Parking (New Canaan, Conn.)
November 12, 2019
Should municipal parking lots in downtown New Canaan be free to all? The idea of eliminating metered parking in the downtown was discussed briefly during Thursday’s meeting of the Parking Commission at Town Hall.

City Sidelines Metered Parking Plan on Long Beach’s (Calif.) Retro Row for Further Review
November 8, 2019
In the wake of public outcry, Long Beach has delayed its plan to implement parking meters along Fourth Street’s Retro Row pending further review, officials said Friday.

Provincetown (Mass.) Looks to Generate Revenue with Parking Changes
November 7, 2019
The Select Board made several changes that would affect town roads and parking at its annual traffic hearing, agreeing to close a section of Commercial Street to vehicles on weekend nights in the summer and increasing rates for parking permits.

Main Street Supports Park City (Utah) Taxi, Shuttle Parking Trial, but with Concerns
November 4, 2019
The group representing the interests of businesses along Main Street or just off the street supports a trial of a City Hall idea to create locations for taxis and shuttles to drop off and pick up passengers, but said in a detailed memo to municipal leaders questions remain about the prospects for the idea’s success.

Proposed Parking Revisions Would Restrict Downtown Wilmington (N.C.) Parking on Several Blocks, Increase Fees
November 1, 2019
The proposed pilot program would increase the hours of resident-only parking on some downtown blocks. A separate but related resolution would increase parking permit costs and parking ticket fines.

Downtown Stakeholders Take Issue with City’s Parking Study (Salisbury, N.C.)
October 31, 2019
The city is currently midway through a downtown Salisbury parking study to determine the next action they should take, if any, to address potential parking problems.

Forest City (Iowa) Gets New Street Parking Ordinances
October 29, 2019
Forest City residents need to be aware of changes in parking ordinances adopted last week by the Forest City City Council.

River Forest (Ill.) Approves Commuter Parking Study
October 29, 2019
The River Forest Village Board is bringing back a transportation engineering consultant with past ties to the village to undertake a commuter parking study.

Milford (Mass.) Downtown Parking Makes 5-Year Plan
October 24, 2019
Downtown Milford could see new parking – in five years. The town has been planning financially for its bigger projects by putting them on a schedule. Finance Director Zachary Taylor noted the addition of a parking garage on Central Street to one of those plans, while discussing a proposed update this week.

Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) Downtown Employees Seek Exemption from Parking Fees
October 24, 2019
While the City Center parking garage is aimed at alleviating the city’s parking woes, its construction and the anticipated fees it will charge is the source of another parking headache – this one for downtown employees.

Ypsilanti (Mich.) to Discuss, Vote on Paid Parking Plan in Business Districts
October 14, 2019
A new parking plan for three business districts that would add more metered spots in Ypsilanti will be considered by City Council this week. The city is proposing paid parking additions, more handicap parking and adding a pay-by-phone option for metered spots in the Downtown, Depot Town and West Cross districts, according to a presentation planned for the Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting.

Augusta-Richmond County (Ga.) Reveals Plan for Parking Meters Downtown
October 14, 2019
For months, city leaders have been discussing putting parking meters in downtown Augusta. On Monday night, they unveiled the vision for the parking program. Finding a spot to park downtown is getting harder and harder, which is why city leaders want to see the meters installed. The city is hoping a new app-based parking plan is a start. In the proposed plan, the paid parking area stretches bridge to bridge and is bordered by Greene and Reynolds Street.

Fairfax City (Va.) Seeks Public Feedback On Old Town Parking
October 14, 2019
The City of Fairfax is asking residents to weigh in about parking in the city's Old Town neighborhood. The city announced on Facebook today it opened a public survey allowing residents to provide feedback about their parking habits in the area.

West Palm (Fla.) Parking Enforcement’s New Device to Get Drivers to Pay Up
November 8, 2019
If you've racked up unpaid parking tickets in West Palm Beach - heads up, there's a new device to get drivers to pay up and reduce violations. It's called the Barnacle, an immobilization device to expedite revenue collection.

Here's How Much Louisville (Ky.) Is Owed in Unpaid Parking Tickets
November 7, 2019
In the last fiscal year, Metro Louisville collected more than $1.86 million in parking tickets, boot citations and fees. Citations range from $15 for parking in a no-parking zone to $100 for parking in a fire or handicap lane.

City of Laredo (Texas) Launches Parking Enforcement Initiative
November 6, 2019
Several City of Laredo departments are coming together to enforce city ordinances related to parking across town. As part of the city’s commitment to Vision Zero, a project aimed at reducing traffic facilities, several city officials and law enforcement entities will be out in full force this month issuing tickets to those who disobey the city’s parking laws.

Santa Rosa (Calif.) Imposes Parking Restrictions Aimed at Homeless People
November 6, 2019
Santa Rosa will designate a few blocks near downtown as two-hour parking zones as it attempts to address complaints of homeless people parking their vehicles near a major homeless services center.

Curbing Bad Parking: Olive Hill (Ky.) Ordinance Sets Penalties for Parking Violations
November 6, 2019
Bad parking has been a topic of discussion in Olive Hill city council meetings for a couple of months now, and Olive Hill Chief of Police Bobby Hall said his department is planning to step up their enforcement of traffic violations, especially speeding, in the coming months.

Omaha (Neb.) Parking Enforcement Buys 3 Electric Vehicles for $87k to Try to Cut Costs
November 5, 2019
The next time you get a parking ticket in Omaha, you might not hear it coming. Omaha Parking and Mobility will add three electric vehicles to its fleet of about a dozen gas-powered vehicles after a unanimous consent agenda vote Tuesday by the City Council.

Reverse Angle Parking Frustrates Drivers in Beaver County (Beaver Falls, Pa.)
November 4, 2019
Residents will have to adjust to new parking procedures along a reconfigured stretch of 7th Avenue in downtown Beaver Falls. Reverse angle parking is required starting Monday, Nov. 4th.

T2 Systems Build Customer Success in the City of Rehoboth Beach (Del.)
November 4, 2019
Rehoboth Beach recognized that their disjointed system was not working for them or their patrons, so they reached out to T2 to consolidate their parking technologies and move toward a more streamlined and efficient approach to parking enforcement.

Confusion over Parking Policy near Butler University Leads to Frustration
October 30, 2019
People living in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood are frustrated with students parking in front of their homes, but some people say they weren’t aware that students or faculty aren’t allowed to park on the residential streets.

Forest City (Iowa) Gets New Street Parking Ordinances
October 29, 2019
Forest City residents need to be aware of changes in parking ordinances adopted last week by the Forest City City Council.

Temple (Texas): Downtown Parking Enforcement Set to Begin
October 28, 2019
The Temple Police Department is set to begin enforcing new parking measures the downtown area. “Drivers are urged to pay attention to signs indicating 2-hour parking zones, and they must be parked within the lines of a parking spot,” the city said in a press release Monday.

Parking Ticket Writing, Booting Drop in Chicago
October 28, 2019
Based on the first six months of the year, Chicago is on a pace to write 13.4% fewer parking tickets in 2019 than it did in 2018. Booting also is declining, and is on track to be down 8% this year compared to last.

Great Barrington (Mass.) Daytime Parking Limit Suspended
October 25, 2019
During Saturdays and Sundays through December, the town is suspending the daytime parking limit on downtown streets to allow visitors to stay in town longer during the upcoming holiday season.

Parking Rulebreakers: Beware the Barnacle (Buffalo, N.Y.)
October 24, 2019
You've heard of the parking boot. But what about the Barnacle? Starting Nov. 1, Allpro Parking will deploy the Barnacle on cars that fail to pay or don't follow the rules in its parking lots. The yellow device obstructs most of the windshield, so that the vehicle can't be safely operated. Allpro calls the Barnacle less intrusive than booting or towing.

Committee Votes down Overnight Street Parking Changes in Green Bay (Wis.)
October 23, 2019
It appears Green Bay's overnight parking restrictions won't be going away anytime soon. A city committee turned down a request Wednesday night to consider new rules. The city council will still get a say next week, but the city's improvement and services committee believes an overnight parking ban from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. should remain in place.

Watertown (N.Y.) Business Owners React Positively to New Downtown Parking Policy
October 22, 2019
City officials say they are getting good reviews for stricter downtown parking enforcement and for adding some new short-term parking spots. The subject came up on Monday night in response to criticism about an over-aggressive parking enforcement officer who’s chasing customers away.

Oversized Vehicle Parking Banned by Santa Ana (Calif.) City Council
October 21, 2019
Oversized vehicles can no longer park overnight in Santa Ana. The ban affects all vehicles, including recreational vehicles, exceeding 22 feet in length and 7 feet in height, parked within 50 feet of an intersection. City officials said the law was needed to alleviate safety concerns and obstruction caused to other drivers by oversized vehicles at night. Violations will be a misdemeanor.

Philadelphia Parking Authority Adding ‘Pay By Plate’ Solar-Powered Kiosks In Center City
October 15, 2019
The Philadelphia Parking Authority is removing old kiosks and installing new “pay by plate” solar-powered kiosks on Tuesday. The new parking stations are being installed on Arch Street between Fourth and 12th Streets.

Ypsilanti (Mich.) to Discuss, Vote on Paid Parking Plan in Business Districts
October 14, 2019
A new parking plan for three business districts that would add more metered spots in Ypsilanti will be considered by City Council this week. The city is proposing paid parking additions, more handicap parking and adding a pay-by-phone option for metered spots in the Downtown, Depot Town and West Cross districts, according to a presentation planned for the Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting.

Milton (Ga.) Expects Lower Fines with Local Parking Ordinance
October 14, 2019
The Milton City Council has approved on second reading an ordinance that would let police write parking citations under local law, possibly resulting in lower fines for violators.

Idaho Falls Council Approves Parking Changes
October 12, 2019
The Idaho Falls City Council has approved an agreement to turn over on-street parking enforcement downtown to the Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation. The Development Corporation leases the downtown parking lots from the city and has enforced parking regulations in them for years. This change will turn enforcement of on-street parking rules to them as well, instead of the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Sacramento (Calif.) Cracking Down On ‘Park And Ride’ Use At McKinley Park
October 11, 2019
A crackdown on parking is coming to Sacramento’s beloved McKinley Park. The place where families go for fun has also caught on as a “free-parking safe haven.” People are parking their own cars there, then taking an Uber or Lyft to work.

Brightline Asks Boca for $12.6 Million for Parking Garage (Boca Raton, Fla.)
November 12, 2019
The Brightline rail service wants the city of Boca Raton to contribute 1.8 acres of land and $12.6 million for a new train station, city officials said Tuesday.

Selling Surface Lots in Downtown Sioux Falls (S.D.) Could Replenish City Hall's Parking Fund
November 12, 2019
Public parking lots in downtown Sioux Falls could be turned into commercial or residential real estate in the coming years. And that could bring a windfall to City Hall's dwindling parking enterprise fund.

New York City’s War on Cars Has Eliminated 6,100 Parking Spots in Two Years
November 10, 2019
The city’s war on cars is cruising right along: about 6,100 parking spaces have vanished from city streets since last year. The city says they’ve been ”repurposed.” Drivers have a different phrase: they were stolen.

Madison (Wis.) Testing Its First Parking-Protected Bike Lane
November 8, 2019
A new type of bike lane could be used throughout the City of Madison. On Friday, city officials asked for the public’s input for its first parking-protected bike lane on North Bassett Street. A parking-protected bike lane uses parked vehicles and posts to separate cyclists from driving lanes. It is located next to the curb.

The Parking Lot, Endangered At The Office, Thrives At Industrial Properties
November 7, 2019
Office buildings across the nation are paring back their parking lots as more of their employees turn to public transit or ride-sharing services. But in the world of industrial real estate, the opposite trend is taking hold. Thanks to e-commerce, parking lots are growing.

Hampton (Va.) Prepares to Close More Than 20 City Parking Lots for Renovations
November 7, 2019
Parking in downtown Hampton is going to be inconvenient for some people beginning next week. The city is starting work on more than 20 parking lots that need some TLC. Drivers will have to find somewhere else to leave their cars while the work gets done.

Foam Sealant Injected into St. Petersburg (Fla.) Parking Meters Costing Thousands to Fix
November 6, 2019
Someone in St. Petersburg is taking revenge on dozens of parking meters. In the past week and a half, the person responsible has damaged 74 meters in the downtown area. Let’s face it. Nobody likes to pay to park. But apparently somebody is taking their anger out, by injecting sticky, expandable foam into the coin and credit card slots of parking meters.

Is Dockside Dead? Developer Still Committed to Project After City Denied Parking Reduction (Clemson, S.C.)
November 6, 2019
A proposed apartment complex on Tiger Blvd. was denied a parking reduction agreement by Clemson City Planner Todd Steadman, pleasing a number of City Council Members and a large group of Clemson residents who opposed the project.

Cincinnati Wants to Calm Traffic with Street Mural Program
November 4, 2019
Cincinnati launched a program last week, Paint the Streets, which allows citizen groups to paint neighborhood street murals intended to calm traffic. It's one of the city's tools to improve pedestrian safety as part of its Vision Zero initiative.

Austin (Texas) Residents with Disabilities Struggle to Find Downtown Parking
October 28, 2019
The City of Austin says they currently have more spaces than the number of disabled parking spots required by the American Disability Act.

Sustainable Parking Space for an Eco-Responsible Generation
October 26, 2019
In compliance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 that aims to find eco-responsible urban solutions, Studio NAB created Car Parks 2.0, an ecological parking space that rethinks commercial parking areas and transforms it into a more sustainable and humane place.

NPA Announces Nicole Hankins of SP+ As Inaugural Recipient of WOMEN IN PARKING IMPACT Award
October 24, 2019
NPA announces first ever WOMEN IN PARKING IMPACT award recognizing an amazing individual, Nicole Hankins of SP+, who is leading the charge to foster inclusion, diversity and leadership development within her organization.

Eureka (Calif.) Is Considering Building Housing over Underused Parking Lots
October 24, 2019
There isn’t much space left to build new housing in Eureka, so the city is considering using its parking lots and public spaces, like Cooper Gulch, to build housing projects.

Former DIA Board Member Proposes Taking over Downtown Jacksonville (Fla.) Parking Operations
October 18, 2019
The Downtown Investment Authority recently received a proposal from former DIA board member Dane Grey to recreate and manage parking operations in and around downtown Jacksonville.

Affordable Housing Is Disappearing. So Cities Are Designating Parking Lots to Sleep In.
October 18, 2019
The housing affordability crisis — most acute in the Bay Area, but stretching up and down the West Coast — has helped exacerbate a homelessness crisis in states like California, Oregon, and Washington. Many people who are no longer able to afford or find stable housing are now forced to spend their nights sleeping in the one major asset they have left: their cars. While it’s not a stable home, designated safe parking lots are spaces for people who live in their cars that don’t draw the ire of residents or the prying eyes of police officers handing out tickets.

Housing Is Coming Soon to BART’s Millbrae (Calif.) Station. The Price? 600 Parking Spots
October 18, 2019
Of all the stations on the BART line, Millbrae is perhaps the most ripe for development. It’s a bustling transit hub wedged in the middle of a suburb, with parallel tracks where BART riders can cross the platform and catch Caltrain, walk to a bus on El Camino Real, or ride one stop to the San Francisco International Airport. For years, Millbrae’s other draw — at least for some commuters — was a vast parking lot, with a 2,100-space garage and 900 surface spaces, some of them unused. But that’s about to change with a huge project expected to break ground in December, converting acres of asphalt into restaurants, plazas, a hotel, palm-lined shops and 400 apartments, including 100 for low-income tenants — 80 of them prioritized for veterans.

Using Parking Lots to Help Stop Flooding in New Jersey
October 17, 2019
By creating an underground reservoirs underneath parking lots, Rutgers University professor George Guo is hoping to slow down and relieve flooding in Linden.

The Rise of Shared Parking in the Platform Economy
October 14, 2019
Parking has remained a nightmarish endeavor for modern drivers, even as technology has developed to help them find sought-after spaces. This has been a challenge especially in urban areas like London, Montreal and New York City. Problems persist within the payment process, too, with metered parking spaces still requiring visitors to use cumbersome methods like cash.

Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring California's Most Populated Areas to Provide Safe Parking Lots for Homeless
October 13, 2019
California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would require the state's biggest cities and counties to provide safe parking lots for those who live in their cars. Assembly Bill 891 would have required those areas, including Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Solano and Placer counties, to each spend at least $55,000 a year to provide the lots.

315 Parking Meters to Be Added to Downtown Concord (N.H.)
November 12, 2019
At the start of December, downtown Concord will have about 315 new parking meters at spaces that were previously free to park, and some downtown workers and business owners are not excited about the change.

Parking Commission Mulls Free Downtown Parking (New Canaan, Conn.)
November 12, 2019
Should municipal parking lots in downtown New Canaan be free to all? The idea of eliminating metered parking in the downtown was discussed briefly during Thursday’s meeting of the Parking Commission at Town Hall.

SmartPark Garages Increasing Long Term Parking Rates by $2 (Portland, Ore.)
November 10, 2019
Long term rates at Downtown SmartPark garages are on the rise. Starting November 18, all-day parking rates will go up by $2. Some of the most popular garages downtown will now charge between $15 and $20 for people who park more than four hours.

Metro-North Wants to Charge You More to Park, and Start Charging on Saturdays (N.Y.)
November 8, 2019
Metro-North commuters may soon be paying more to park under a revenue-raising plan being pushed by the commuter rail, The Journal News/lohud.com has learned.

Parking in Downtown St. Pete (Fla.)? Those Weekend Meters Aren’t Free Anymore
November 7, 2019
Gone are the days of pulling into a metered parking spot and breathing a sigh of relief when the sticker indicates it’s free on nights or weekends. Officials have begun a multi-year process of converting downtown St. Petersburg’s metered parking spots from enforcement five days a week to seven days a week with longer hours.

Provincetown (Mass.) Looks to Generate Revenue with Parking Changes
November 7, 2019
The Select Board made several changes that would affect town roads and parking at its annual traffic hearing, agreeing to close a section of Commercial Street to vehicles on weekend nights in the summer and increasing rates for parking permits.

Bar Harbor (Maine) Makes Triple the Amount of Money It Expected to from Paid Parking
November 6, 2019
Bar Harbor netted more than $1.5 million in its first season charging for downtown parking, three times the amount town officials said they expected from parking fees, fines and permits.

Increase in Parking Meter Rate Will Lead to Thriving Downtown Businesses, Analysts Say (Chico, Calif.)
November 5, 2019
A new study requested by the Chico City Council and conducted by Dixon Resources Unlimited in June 2018, finds that a new city parking management plan is “essential to spurring a robust downtown economy” and the city should prioritize convenient curbside parking — particularly in the 10-block downtown “core area” for customers, clients and visitors.

Would Free Parking Help or Hurt Bethlehem (Pa.) Merchants?
November 3, 2019
After almost 25 years of working on Main Street in Bethlehem, Aardvark Sports Shop owner Bruce E. Haines can guarantee at least once a week he’ll be debating downtown parking. The hot topic of the moment is whether free parking -- paired with stiff fines for over-staying time limits -- in core areas of the city’s two downtowns could be a boon for business or complicate matters.

No More Free Parking: St. Pete (Fla.) Rolls out Fees 7 Days a Week in University Village Area
November 2, 2019
Finding weekend parking in St. Petersburg's University Village is now going to cost you. Drivers parking south of Central Avenue will have to pay seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The change started on Saturday.

City: Higher Parking Rates Haven't Driven Shoppers Away (Evanston, Ill.)
October 28, 2019
Evanston city officials say there's no evidence to support claims that this year's increase in hourly parking rates has driven shoppers away from the city.

Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) Downtown Employees Seek Exemption from Parking Fees
October 24, 2019
While the City Center parking garage is aimed at alleviating the city’s parking woes, its construction and the anticipated fees it will charge is the source of another parking headache – this one for downtown employees.

Adding More Paid Parking Not Recommended By Task Force (Ocean City, Md.)
October 21, 2019
Shortly after the resort’s parking task force recommended a plan that would hike some rates during the peak season, the committee expressed no desire to expand paid on-street parking in areas where it no longer exists.

What $12 Million in Austin Parking Meter Fees Pays For
October 17, 2019
If you're heading downtown this weekend you might end up paying more for parking. This week the City of Austin increased all parking meters to $2 per hour. According to the city, a parking study found about a third of downtown Austin congestion is people circling -- looking for cheap parking. Now they're hoping to change behavior through pricing. Street parking at city-managed meters now starts at $2 per hour and could eventually hit $5 per hour in high-demand spaces.

Austin Metered Parking Rates Could Reach $5 per Hour This Year Depending on Demand
October 11, 2019
The city announced earlier this week that starting Oct. 14, metered parking rates would increase to $2 per hour, up from the current rates of $1 per hour and $1.20 per hour downtown. However, that may not be the last rate increase drivers see this year. Depending on demand, metered parking rates could reach as high as $5 per hour in some parts of the city, according to Austin transportation officials. This new market-based approach is an effort to bring supply and demand economics to the city’s parking policy. The strategy has been cited by transportation experts as a best practice to help ease congestion and encourage use of alternative transportation modes.

City Councilors, Media Tour New Parking Ramp (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
November 12, 2019
We’re getting a look inside of the new parking ramp in Downtown SIoux Falls that was originally planned to be a multi-use building.

Developer’s Dilemma: How Much Space to Devote to Parking?
November 11, 2019
It’s a vital component of any development, large or small, and one that is surprisingly complex: Parking. In a car-centric, spread-out city like Phoenix, new developments must have enough parking to accommodate all of the drivers who live, work or visit. Despite being the fifth-largest city in the United States and the fastest-growing metropolitan area, Phoenix is behind other major cities in the country when it comes to public transportation and other alternative means of getting to and from work each day. As the development activity in Phoenix has exploded in the past 10 years, so has the number of large parking structures. These structures may seem simple from the outside, but there are many hours spent by development teams to determine just the right size, location, look and function of these parking structures.

COS Airport Installs Solar Parking Panels in Valet Parking Areas
November 8, 2019
The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) has substantially completed construction on its latest sustainability project – a solar covered carport in the valet parking lot that will house 36 parking spaces.

City Partners with Local Artists to Bring Color to Parking Garage (Madison, Wis.)
November 6, 2019
The city of Madison has partnered with local artists to create two murals on the new Wilson Street parking garage, according to a news release.

Parking Ramp $1.5 Million Funding Decision Deferred by City Council (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
November 6, 2019
It’s a project that’s been grabbing attention for months — the original plans for Village on the River included hotel rooms, event center space, restaurants and more. But the public-private partnership fell through leaving the city with multi-million dollar parking ramp. On Tuesday night, the Sioux Falls City Council took up the question of boosting construction funding for the downtown parking ramp.

Klafthmonos Square Parking Structure Fortification Walls
November 4, 2019
Preserved portions of Athens's ancient defenses are on display in a subterranean parking garage.

De La Guerra Street Mixed-Use Project Brings 26 Units and Automated Underground Parking (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
October 28, 2019
A downtown project on De La Guerra Street is creating a first for Santa Barbara. City Lift, automated parking, is coming to town.

Concrete Damage Limits Access to Latrobe (Pa.) Parking Garage While City Looks for Fix
October 28, 2019
The Weldon Street entrance to Latrobe’s municipal parking garage is temporarily closed while city officials and consultants weigh options for solving concrete problems that likely will add to the cost of ongoing repairs to the structure.

Funding for Parking Deck Behind Vance Hotel Approved (Statesville, N.C.)
October 23, 2019
A split Statesville City Council approved the funding for an almost $4 million parking deck behind Vance Hotel that will require a loan. The parking deck will be funded with the occupancy tax fund, the civic center fund and a loan from the electric fund.

New Parking Garage Officially Opened in Bradenton (Fla.)
October 21, 2019
Here’s some good news for drivers, the Bradenton Parking Garage is finally open. As of Saturday morning, the garage located along 3rd Avenue and 10th Street didn’t have cones blocking the entrance ramp. The parking garage was delayed because of issues surrounding the sidewalk which they say could have been unsafe.

Gregg County (Texas) Opens Bidding for Parking Facility Design Firms
October 15, 2019
Gregg County took a critical step Monday toward expanded parking near its courthouse and will start over in its quest for vestibules at the courthouse entryways. County commissioners are seeking professional designs for a proposed parking facility. During its regular meeting, the court voted unanimously to request qualified design firms to enter bids.

Construction Begins on New Garage in Downtown Oklahoma City
October 15, 2019
If you often head to downtown Oklahoma City, you have probably realized that parking can be a problem in some situations. Now, city leaders say construction is beginning on a new garage to ease some of those parking pains.

City Councilors, Media Tour New Parking Ramp (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
November 12, 2019
We’re getting a look inside of the new parking ramp in Downtown SIoux Falls that was originally planned to be a multi-use building.

Winooski (Vt.) Selects Partnership with Nedde Real Estate for Lot 7D Project
November 7, 2019
The Winooski City Council voted affirmatively to enter a negotiation phase with Nedde Real Estate (Nedde), a developer who met the response requirements for the City’s Lot 7D Request for Proposals issued in July 2019. The negotiation phase would explore the terms of a public-private partnership to create a 100-room boutique hotel, a municipal parking structure for more than 300 cars, and a new 36,000sf office for VEIC, a nonprofit sustainable energy company.

Parking Ramp $1.5 Million Funding Decision Deferred by City Council (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
November 6, 2019
It’s a project that’s been grabbing attention for months — the original plans for Village on the River included hotel rooms, event center space, restaurants and more. But the public-private partnership fell through leaving the city with multi-million dollar parking ramp. On Tuesday night, the Sioux Falls City Council took up the question of boosting construction funding for the downtown parking ramp.

Ashghal to Develop over 5,200 Parking Slots in Doha (Qatar)
October 13, 2019
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced Sunday a 'Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Maintain and Transfer' tender for the development of multiple on- and off-street car parking facilities within the Doha Central and West Bay areas as a public-private partnership.

Bowling Green (Ohio) Council OKs Parking Legislation
November 6, 2019
Bowling Green Council on Monday approved a “do over” of legislation that raised rates at downtown parking meters earlier this year. The action was prompted by issues with how parliamentary procedure was applied when the ordinance was originally passed in January.

Council Approves $3.1M in Tax Incentives for Major Downtown Development (Winchester, Va.)
October 23, 2019
City Council signed off on a tax-incentive package that is expected to clear the way for redevelopment of the former Winchester Towers property. The incentives approved Tuesday night will provide the project’s developer with up to $3.1 million in tax breaks for up to 10 years. Lynx Ventures Inc. of Richmond is proposing the construction of a multi-use complex called Cameron Square that would include an estimated 165 one- and two-bedroom apartments in two separate buildings, 8,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and a parking deck with up to 180 spaces for tenants and downtown visitors.

Committee Votes down Overnight Street Parking Changes in Green Bay (Wis.)
October 23, 2019
It appears Green Bay's overnight parking restrictions won't be going away anytime soon. A city committee turned down a request Wednesday night to consider new rules. The city council will still get a say next week, but the city's improvement and services committee believes an overnight parking ban from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. should remain in place.

Joliet (Ill.) City Council: Alternative Tax for Truck Facilities on Agenda
October 15, 2019
The Joliet City Council will get its first chance to vote on a new alternative tax for truck parking facilities on Tuesday. The PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program being developed by staff was presented to a city council committee last week.

5 Strategic Shifts That Are Making Cities Smarter: Report
November 11, 2019
As cities embrace new technologies and approaches to combat challenges, a new white paper from ABI Research, 5 Ways Cities Are Getting Smarter, examines the top strategy shifts that are currently making cities more advanced and efficient.

Cities Are Becoming Smarter, but How Do We Make Them Safer and More Resilient?
November 6, 2019
Genetec’s Jean-Philippe Deby highlights critical factors that make a smart city a safe city too – these include communication and collaboration as well as technology.

Cities Can Lead the Way for Vehicle Grid Integration
October 29, 2019
Since the dawn of the modern EV era, grid operators have warned that the vehicles could overwhelm grid distribution systems. The warning has yet to materialize, but the threat remains.

Five Smart Cities That Are Being Proposed in North America
October 28, 2019
From a smart forest in Mexico to a Nevada desert city powered by blockchain, a wave of smart cities are being proposed in North America. Here are five examples from the continent that hint at the shape of future neighbourhoods.

4 City Leaders Explain How the Meaning of 'Smart City' Has Evolved
October 24, 2019
Harvesting stormwater, using behavioral economics to inform policy and installing solar panels are just some of the smart city initiatives that mayoral candidates across the country are running on in advance of the Nov. 5 elections. Mayors and mayoral candidates across the country have carved out their own definition of "smart" to cater to their city's most pressing needs.

Philadelphia Sets Goals, Looks Ahead with Smart City Plan
October 21, 2019
Last week, the city released a strategic plan detailing accomplishments, future goals and the advancement of smart city approaches for residents and vendors to understand the priorities of the Office of Innovation and Technology.

It Seems like Every City Wants to Be “Smart.” Not All of Them Are Succeeding
October 12, 2019
A huge survey of more than 100 cities looks at how efforts to connect urban centers are going—and how citizens themselves feel about them.

Parking Technology Startup Gains $2M in Seed Funding
November 12, 2019
An Indianapolis-based company that provides customer support in parking garages has received a big infusion of financial support. Parker Technology LLC has announced a $2 million series seed investment, led by Elevate Ventures and several local investors. The company says the capital will allow it to build out its product and expand marketing and sales efforts.

Parking and the Evolution of Connected Cars
November 12, 2019
Jonny Combe, UK CEO of PayByPhone, says that cashless parking technology is developing rapidly, but more work lies ahead before parking services can be offered as a built-in function in the connected cars of the future.

'Express Parking' Now Available at Barton Creek Square Mall
November 8, 2019
Holiday shopping season is almost here and finding a parking space can sometimes feel impossible. A new option available now at Barton Creek Square mall looks to change that. It's called 'express parking' and is available through MyPark.

Start Memorizing Your License Plate Number: Baltimore to Replace 15-Year-Old Parking Meters
November 6, 2019
Start memorizing your license plate number — or at least snap a photo of it. You’re going to need those digits to pay for street parking in Baltimore. New parking meters are replacing the old, city officials said Tuesday, and will require drivers to enter in their vehicles’ tag numbers during transactions at metered spaces.

Google Expands Crowdsourced Transit App Pigeon to 5 New Cities
November 6, 2019
Google is expanding the scope of its Pigeon Transit app, which crowdsources information on congestion, delays and other incidents for transit riders. The app will now be available in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Acer ITS Completes Smart Roadside Parking System in Tainan
November 4, 2019
Acer's subsidiary electronic transportation solution developer Acer ITS has completed a smart roadside parking system of 483 parking space units in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, according to the company.

T2 Systems Build Customer Success in the City of Rehoboth Beach (Del.)
November 4, 2019
Rehoboth Beach recognized that their disjointed system was not working for them or their patrons, so they reached out to T2 to consolidate their parking technologies and move toward a more streamlined and efficient approach to parking enforcement.

Downtown Wausau (Wis.) Parking Gets a Modern Makeover
November 1, 2019
Downtown Wausau parking is receiving big changes in an attempt to modernize and improve enforcement. Starting Friday, parking in downtown Wausau will be free in all public areas for the first two hours, with ramps and lots receiving pay stations for longer stays.

How, and Why, Easton’s (Pa.) Parking Garages Could Go Gate-Less
October 24, 2019
Motorists using the Downtown Easton parking garages could be in for a new experience in early 2020. The city faces a deadline in January to upgrade both garages’ credit card payment systems to comply with new Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, David Hopkins, the city’s public works director, told city council Wednesday night.

Bosch, GAC R&D Center Jointly Launch SAE l4 Automated Valet Parking System
October 23, 2019
On October 23, Bosch, one of the world's biggest automotive suppliers, and GAC R&D Center jointly launched an automated valet parking (AVP) system capable of SAE Level 4 functions at the Bosch Connected Mobility Conference 2019.

ParkMobile™ Launches New Reporting and Analytics Solution for Parking Providers
October 22, 2019
ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, announced today at the 2019 National Parking Association Convention and Expo, a new reporting and analytics solution for parking providers. This new offering will be part of the ParkMobile 360 platform used by parking operators to manage rates and policies.

Arrive Accelerates Deployment of Seamless Parking Solutions Across North America
October 22, 2019
Arrive is accelerating the deployment of its seamless parking solutions across North America, moving from city-based tests to wide-scale implementation of its frictionless technologies. By the end of 2020, Arrive aims to have installed Bluetooth and other technologies in tens of thousands of garages and lots across the U.S. and Canada. To help the company accelerate its expansion, Arrive has entered into a strategic partnership with Inugo, a New Zealand-based company, to provide Arrive with Bluetooth connectivity kits that the company has integrated into existing PARCS systems.

Meet ParKam, an App That Tracks and Guides You to Open Parking Spots
October 21, 2019
Some companies have dabbled into the realm of tracking available parking spots, but no one has focused on it so closely like ParKam has. The Israeli startup hopes to transform how drivers find available parking spots the same way Waze made GPS systems interactive.

Lansing (Mich.) Launches Passport Parking Mobile App for Parking Payments
October 18, 2019
Beginning today, drivers in Lansing, Michigan can use the Passport Parking app to pay for on street parking at nearly 3,000 spaces throughout the downtown area. The app, powered by mobility management company, Passport, enables users to digitally pay for parking without using a meter or paystation.

New ‘Park 915’ App Released for Metered Parking (El Paso, Texas)
October 15, 2019
The city of El Paso is introducing a new parking app that will replace the old “Park El Paso” app when it comes to paying for metered parking in downtown El Paso. The city says the new app, called “Park 915” will enhance user experience by enabling users to save time by viewing available metered parking spaces and paying for them via the app.

Car Manufacturers to Test Blockchain System for Paying Tolls and Parking Tickets
October 14, 2019
Five major auto manufacturers, including Ford and BMW, will next month begin U.S. field tests for a blockchain vehicle identification system that will enable drivers to pay highway tolls and parking tickets automatically, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review. Other car manufacturers in the partnership, called the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, are Honda, General Motors and Renault.

Utilizing Machine Vision to Revolutionize Smart Parking
October 14, 2019
Governments can improve urban planning and reduce congestion by using computer vision in automated parking systems. The U.S. has over 272.48 million registered motor vehicles. These vehicles obviously require a vast amount of parking space. And, finding empty and affordable parking spaces can be a difficult task for drivers, especially during special events like concerts or festivals.

Parking Going Digital: Downtown San Mateo (Calif.) Getting New Signs and Pay Stations
October 14, 2019
Finding a place to park should get easier in downtown San Mateo, following a decision by officials to install digital signs showing vacancies at garages, hang new signs directing drivers to nearby lots and update meters and pay stations.

Artificial Intelligence Based Parking Systems
October 11, 2019
There are too many vehicles and not enough parking spaces. Traffic congestion caused by irregular vehicle parking is an alarming problem. AI-based smart parking can help ease the process of finding a parking spot and also help manage parking spaces better. According to a recent research, 30% of the traffic in urban areas is caused by drivers and motorists looking for parking spaces.

Purple Heart Parking Initiative Launched (University of South Carolina)
November 12, 2019
Purple Heart recipients, those who have given so much while serving in the United States military, get access to better parking thanks to a new initiative from the University of South Carolina.

Aurora University Set to Open Parking Deck After Thanksgiving
November 7, 2019
It appears the way has been paved for Aurora University to open its new parking deck on campus after Thanksgiving. An Aurora City Council committee recently approved allowing removal of a fence on Southlawn Place that will allow traffic from the new parking garage to use Southlawn to enter and exit campus along Evanslawn Street to Prairie Street.

Paying for Parking Tickets with PB&J (University of Alaska at Anchorage)
November 6, 2019
A group of college students in Alaska can now pay their parking ticket using peanut butter and jelly. The University of Alaska at Anchorage tells students to keep their money and bring a sandwich. The program is called Food for Fines, and it allows people with unpaid parking fines to pay off part or all of them with PB&J.

New Parking Lights Guide Students to Open Spots (Auburn University)
November 5, 2019
Technology is casting a broader shadow over on-campus parking. Lights indicating which spots in the stadium parking deck are open were recently added to make finding a spot more efficient.

Partnership with LYFT Provides Free Rides to and from Mountaintop Campus (Lehigh University)
November 3, 2019
Lehigh University’s Parking Services has partnered with LYFT to provide students with free rides to and from Building C on Mountaintop Campus and other campus locations.

Confusion over Parking Policy near Butler University Leads to Frustration
October 30, 2019
People living in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood are frustrated with students parking in front of their homes, but some people say they weren’t aware that students or faculty aren’t allowed to park on the residential streets.

University of Wyoming Prepares for Parking Disruptions
October 22, 2019
The University Wyoming’s Wyoming Hall will be the first tear-down project as plans for new campus housing move forward, meaning that new parking alternatives will need to be found for its many employees.

University of Hawaii-Manoa Parking Structure’s Solar Canopy Generates 1 Megawatt of Electricity
October 21, 2019
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has completed the installation of 1 megawatt of solar photovoltaic panels — the first phase of its PV canopy project — on the rooftop of the campus’s main parking structure. The panels, which are expected to save UH about $100,000 a year, began generating electricity at the end of summer.

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