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Private Parking Operator Forgives Some EMU Student Tickets After Complaints
January 21, 2019
Eastern Michigan University’s third-party parking operator, LAZ Parking, has forgiven some tickets it issued during winter break after students recently complained the operator’s enforcement strategies were overly-stringent.

Gregg County Plans Parking Facility Using Reserve Funds
January 21, 2019
Gregg County (Texas) officials are moving forward with a courthouse parking facility project paid for from an almost $50 million reserve fund.

How Robotic Parking Systems Enable Urban Architecture
January 21, 2019
Saving space, reducing costs and a pleasant user experience – parking doesn’t get much better than this. Cityscapes around the world are changing, architects face the constant challenge of integrating parking space into new or existing real estate in densely built-up urban environments.

The Future of Electric Vehicle Charging: Executives At EVgo Weigh In
January 21, 2019
The executives at EVgo – one of America’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure companies have big plans. They intend to stake out a significant piece of America’s charging real estate as the electric vehicle game unfolds. It’s not a simple game. And it's unlike the use of liquid fuels, where most people exhibit similar behavior and generally fill up every time they pull up to the pump. In fact, EV charging behavior is much more variegated, and depends greatly on the vehicle segment and customer base being served.

Small, Entry-Level Electric Cars Won’t Be Affordable, Says VW
January 21, 2019
Electric cars for years were more expensive than comparable-class conventional cars. The higher initial prices were offset by lower costs of electricity (vs. fuel) and expected lower maintenance costs over a lifetime. With mass electrification just around the corner, initial prices of BEVs were becoming more competitive, while performances is often better. Decreasing battery costs per kWh of capacity opens way for fast expansion. However, according to Hans Dieter Pötsch Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, in the case of small, entry-level cars, all-electric versions are expected to remain more expensive than gasoline versions.

Highways, Car Parks To Get Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles
January 21, 2019
Charging stations for electric vehicles on major highways and commuter car parks in NSW (Australia) will soon become more common after the state government committed funding for them. As part of an attempt to encourage a greater uptake of electric vehicles, the government announced $3 million for charging points on major roads, and $2 million for installing them in commuter car parks.

Pay On Exit Parking Barriers To ‘Go Live’ At The Cumberland Infirmary
January 21, 2019
North Cumbria (England) University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) has been listening to patient and visitor comments on how the car parks at the Cumberland Infirmary can be improved and as a result, pay on exit barriers have been installed. The introduction of the barriers means patients and visitors will no longer have to estimate how long they will need to park for and only pay for the time they use. The barriers also bring the added convenience of credit and debit card payments.

City, NCTD Ink Agreement On 101 ‘Parking’ Areas
January 21, 2019
The dirt informal parking areas on both sides of the railroad corridor through Leucadia are now in the city’s control, after the city (Encinitas, Calif.) and North County Transit District entered into agreement.

Gatwick Airport Parking Could Be Done By Futuristic Robots Within A Few Months
January 21, 2019
Gatwick Airport (England) has submitted plans to have futuristic robots parking people's cars in an incredible pilot project that could be in operation by August. The scheme is a pioneering idea from French company Stanley Robotics, which has created a robot valet that parks your car more efficiently and securely.

Alpark Invited to Annual World Bank Conference on Transport, Leading Global Smart Parking 5.0
January 20, 2019
As China's largest smart parking operation service platform and the only AI innovative application enterprise in China's static transportation industry, Alpark was invited to attend the 16th Annual World Transport Convention organized by the World Bank in its headquarters in Washington.

Increased Parking Fines Raise Concerns For Some Downtown Athens Employees
January 20, 2019
The Athens-Clarke (Ga.) Commission proposed an increase in parking fines, which became effective July 1, 2018. Now, around six months later, the local community seems to be noticing the effects of the increase. The change may be intended to let business grow, but it presents a challenge for locals.

Driver ALERT - You Could Soon Be Charged £1,000 To Park At Work
January 20, 2019
Drivers could soon face huge new charges to park at their work as a new tax to tackle air pollution is being considered by councils across the UK.

Cedar Falls Seeking Solution On Parkade Parking
January 20, 2019
The development and revitalization of downtown Cedar Falls has been miraculous. The Parkade is a great place to spend time shopping and taking part in dining and entertainment opportunities. It’s a bustling jewel of the city. Planning for parking, however, apparently just never seemed to rise to a priority. Last week, an initial downtown parking study conducted by Wantman Group Inc. (WGI) presented some recommendations.

Car Companies Aren’t Even Trying To Sell Electric Cars
January 20, 2019
Head to a Ford dealership and ask about an F-150. You will be shown its features, invited on a test drive, and treated to a carefully practiced sales pitch detailing the truck’s strength, power, and durability. Ask about an electric car, and you might have a very different experience. Experts and advocates have consistently found dealers and manufacturers putting as little effort as possible into selling electric cars.

North Adams (Mass.) Traffic Commission Advises Rate Hike for Permit Parking
January 20, 2019
The Traffic Commission is recommending the city raise its parking permit fees for the Center Street lot for the first time in 10 years. The commission on Monday voted to recommend to the City Council raising the rates by $10 for both daytime and overnight parking permits.

Troy To Spend $5,000 For Parking Moratorium Analysis
January 19, 2019
The city of Troy (Ohio) is paying a consultant to analyze the city’s downtown parking moratorium on timed violations, which may be extended to March 31.

Fully Autonomous Cars Won't Be Here Soon, But These Advanced Self-Driving Features Will
January 19, 2019
While fully autonomous vehicles might not be here for awhile, new driver assistance systems are so advanced you'll feel like you're in a self-driving car.

Texas A&M University Board Of Regents Approve New Parking Garage For Flagship Campus
January 18, 2019
A new parking garage is planned for the Texas A&M University flagship campus adjacent to the Emerging Technologies Building on University Drive, with the five-story structure planned to add 1,685 vehicle spaces next year.

Smart Solutions Needed To Connect The Smart Cities Of The Future
January 18, 2019
Population shifts are moving more people into the world's cities. According to John Peracchio, general manager of mobility solutions and strategy for Conduent Transportation, more than 70% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. With that comes a host of problems, including how to move people and goods around.

Newark Police Begin Issuing Electronic Parking Citations Downtown
January 18, 2019
Months after downtown renovations were completed, Newark (Ohio) police officers have begun issuing parking tickets through handheld devices.

New Airport Parking Garage Prices Set
January 18, 2019
Airport officials at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (Mont.) have set premium parking prices for the new parking garage.

Analyst Angle: Smart Cities Should Use Public/Private Partnerships to Deploy Smart Cities
January 17, 2019
While there are many studies showing the economic impact of excellent mobile coverage, and the operational efficiencies of smart cities applications, cities are still faced with the reality of how to pay for smart city networks, and how to operate these networks on an on-going basis. One way to help solve this dilemma is to engage with network developers on public-private partnerships.

Gatwick Airport Parking Could Be Done By Futuristic Robots Within A Few Months
January 21, 2019
Gatwick Airport (England) has submitted plans to have futuristic robots parking people's cars in an incredible pilot project that could be in operation by August. The scheme is a pioneering idea from French company Stanley Robotics, which has created a robot valet that parks your car more efficiently and securely.

New Airport Parking Garage Prices Set
January 18, 2019
Airport officials at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (Mont.) have set premium parking prices for the new parking garage.

EDC Offering To Fund More Parking Space At The Airport
January 17, 2019
Members of the Del Rio Economic Development Corporation (DREDC) said they’d like to determine if more parking is needed at Del Rio (Texas) International Airport.

How Expensive Is Bristol Airport Parking Compared To Others?
January 17, 2019
The cost of parking at an airport is often hefty even for those who are just dropping someone off. Bristol Airport is no exception, with parking charges for a week setting you back £127 - more than in London, Tokyo and Atlanta. But it’s not all bad for those travelling from Bristol.

The Parking Spot Opens New Salt Lake City Airport Facility
January 14, 2019
Off-airport parking company The Parking Spot has opened its new, energy-efficient facility located directly adjacent to the Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, US.

Bozeman Airport Sets Prices For New Parking Garage
January 11, 2019
The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport set prices on Thursday for the new parking garage that's under construction. That construction is a brand new parking garage that is attached to the main terminal of the airport.

Hong Kong Airport To Renumber Boarding Gates And Parking Stands
January 10, 2019
A number of boarding gates and parking stands at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will be renumbered to tie in with the new footbridge, coined Sky Bridge.

Tutor Perini to Build Parking for Charleston Airport
January 9, 2019
A subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp. has won a contract worth $88 million to build a parking structure at the Charleston International Airport in South Carolina.

Colonial Airport Parking in Philly Switches to 100% Propane Autogas
January 7, 2019
With the help of state funding, the fleet of Colonial Airport Parking Inc. – located two miles from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – will be powered entirely with propane autogas by this March.

Uber/Lyft Staging Area Closed At San Diego Airport
January 7, 2019
Early on the morning of Monday, January 7, the lot which has been assigned to rideshare (Uber/Lyft) vehicles was closed. Uber drivers and other rideshare companies arriving to stage for the collection of inbound passengers were met with yellow construction tape and metal barriers preventing their access to the lot.

Hundreds of Airport Parking Stalls Restricted During New HDOT 'Green' Project
January 6, 2019
Hawai'i Department of Transportation will start work to install nearly 3,000 solar panels at the Terminal 2 parking garage temporarily restricting hundreds of parking stalls.

Is Passenger Behaviour Responsible For The Decline In Airport Parking?
January 4, 2019
With increasingly good public transport options and ride-hailing services available, airport parking is becoming less popular with passengers travelling to the airport. Kelly Edwards from UK travel insurance provider, Staysure, examines the data from a recent UK research study and considers what effect this downturn has on airports themselves.

GreenPower Receives Order for Two EV Stars from San Diego Airport Parking Company
January 3, 2019
GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSXV: GPV) (OTCQX: GPVRF) (“GreenPower”) announces that it has received an order for two EV Star All-Electric Min–eBuses from San Diego Airport Parking Company (“SDAPC”) which will be purchased utilizing the California HVIP voucher program along with a fifty-month lease financing program.

Major Parking Upgrades Are In Store For VPS
January 2, 2019
Starting April 1, Destin-Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Airport will begin charging an $8.50 daily parking rate for both short- and long-term parking. That rate matches the airport’s current short-term parking rate. The current long-term parking charge is $7.

New Car-Sharing Service Offers Free Parking At Manchester Airport
January 2, 2019
ForestCar, a car-sharing service that allows travellers to make money from renting out their vehicle while they are away, will launch on January 14 at Manchester Airport (England). Car owners get free parking and receive 20 per cent of the rental cost if it is used. The price is set by ForestCar depending on the vehicle type.

Robots Could Be Parking Your Car At Gatwick Airport Under Pilot Project
December 31, 2018
Robots could be parking cars at Gatwick Airport (U.K.) as part of a pilot project due to be undertaken in 2019. Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) has been working with robotics company Stanley Robotics to explore the introduction of robotic valet car parking. A pilot project to test the concept is planned as Gatwick looks to find ways to make more efficient use of the airport’s passenger parking estate.

Part of New Austin Airport Parking Garage Opens, Adding 1,900 Spaces
December 26, 2018
People rushing to a flight now have more options for parking at the Austin airport, as the first two levels of its new parking garage opened Wednesday.

San Diego Airport Closes Pacific Highway Economy Parking Lot
December 26, 2018
Effective Wednesday, the Pacific Highway Economy parking lot near San Diego International Airport is no longer open to the public. The lot will be converted into employee parking, according to the Airport Authority.

Redmond Airport Increases Parking Fee For 2019
December 26, 2018
Starting Jan. 1, the maximum daily parking rate at Redmond Airport will increase from $10 to $15.

Uber Critical Of Plan To Raise Fees For Ride-Hailing Firms
January 21, 2019
Uber says legislation calling for higher fees for ride-hailing companies would place an unfair burden on Massachusetts residents who rely on the service. Three (Mass.) state lawmakers and a regional planning group are calling for the higher fees on Uber and Lyft, saying they could help reduce traffic and raise revenue for cities and towns for transportation projects.

Fully Autonomous Cars Won't Be Here Soon, But These Advanced Self-Driving Features Will
January 19, 2019
While fully autonomous vehicles might not be here for awhile, new driver assistance systems are so advanced you'll feel like you're in a self-driving car.

Presence of Autonomous Vehicles Felt in US
January 17, 2019
Technology is changing the transportation landscape as freight carriers move toward self-driving vehicles and public officials look for new ways to develop infrastructure and prepare for what could be a major shift in traffic patterns and driving behavior.

Smart Cities Need Better Traffic Data, Rideshare Drivers Could Help
January 17, 2019
Most cities have endless traffic jams and never get it right. A few cities, however, are attempting to use data to alleviate the problem. Firefly, for example, is a seemingly straightforward technology company that puts more money into Uber drivers’ pockets with a first of its kind network of “situationally aware” digital smart screens that generate vital data for cities. Data, collected from the hundreds of thousands of miles of Uber rides, gives traffic signals and urban engineers real time information.

City Report Suggests Charging Congestion Fee For Vancouver Rideshare Users
January 16, 2019
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft aren’t even a reality on BC’s roads yet, but that hasn’t stopped Vancouver City Council from pondering a potential congestion fee for users of the services when they become available.

Urgency In Self-Driving Cars Leads To Bad Decisions, Inrix’s Ash Says
January 16, 2019
Many cities are racing to the autonomous vehicle finish line, but for self-driving vehicle technology to advance, there must be a shift in the conversation. That’s Avery Ash’s take. Ash is head of autonomous mobility for Inrix, a connected vehicle data and analytics company that acts as an intermediary between the public sector, automakers and operators.

CES 2019: Mobile, Autonomous And Intelligent
January 14, 2019
If someone asked me to summarize CES 2019 into one word, it would be “intelligent.” Intelligent cars, TVs, stereos, cameras, drones, refrigerators, dishwashers, activity trackers. If it plugs in, it’s “intelligent.” If we peel a layer from the branding veneer, what’s “intelligent” is yet another feature of the many experimented with the public at CES. Where was intelligence was truly enabling? Mobility.

As Self-Driving Cars Stall, Players Revive an Old Approach
January 14, 2019
Indeed, many autonomy-focused companies in Vegas this week say that drivers should expect to see assistance features that require human interaction or oversight, first. They use the same sensors and sort of software as more capable cars, but can be certified and put on the market right about now.

New Rideshare In Baton Rouge? Bus Agency Invests In New 'Uber-Esque' Pilot
January 11, 2019
Baton Rouge's bus agency is trying to get into the ride-sharing game with a program that staff described as "Uber-esque," only cheaper. The Capital Area Transit System has spent $25,000 to buy software and commission a study to explore how the "microtransit" concept will work, CEO Bill Deville said during a recent CATS committee meeting.

How Are Self-Driving Car Companies Dealing With Road Rage From Humans?
January 9, 2019
As car companies prepare for a future where autonomous vehicles rule the road, recent incidents have shown they’ll also have to navigate an extra hurdle: road rage from human drivers.

Using Autonomous Vehicle Technology To Make Roads Safer Today
January 8, 2019
Technologies developed for fully autonomous vehicles can improve the advanced driver assistance systems already in wide use.

AV Testing Advances Without Standards
January 8, 2019
The failure of the AV START Act in the United States Senate did more than just delay U.S. federal regulations for self-driving car technology that has yet to progress beyond the pilot-test stage. It delayed discussions that could have narrowed the almost infinite number of choices automated vehicles (AVs) must be prepared to make by creating guidelines defining what constitutes “safe” operation of a self-driving car.

'It's The Wave Of The Future, There's No Stopping It': Gov. Kasich On Autonomous Vehicles In Ohio
January 8, 2019
If you've been to Columbus in the past month, you may have seen the green and white May Mobility shuttles making their way around the loop known as the Scioto Mile. There is technically a driver at the helm but they are not driving and are only there to step in, if need be, for the shuttles are fully autonomous. The first of its kind shuttle in the state is part of an effort between the Michigan-based May Mobility and Smart Columbus and DriveOhio.

STEER Introduces Self-Parking Technology to Las Vegas
January 7, 2019
Set against the backdrop of CES 2019, the largest technology trade show in Vegas, STEER is taking its Level-4, highly autonomous and cyber-secure parking solution to Las Vegas at Downtown Summerlin. In Vegas, consumers will see through a microcosm of real-life scenarios how a STEER enabled car interacts with other cars, pedestrians, obstacles, and more while parking and summoning completely autonomously. Opening up the technology to Howard Hughes residents and retail customers highlights the corporation’s willingness to adapt and incorporate modern technology to attract savvy consumers with cutting-edge amenities at their locations.

AAA Acquires Largest Autonomous Vehicle Test Site in the Country
January 7, 2019
GoMentum Station in California has been been under management of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. The move is expected to boost visibility of AVs for AAA's 60 million members.

Uber/Lyft Staging Area Closed At San Diego Airport
January 7, 2019
Early on the morning of Monday, January 7, the lot which has been assigned to rideshare (Uber/Lyft) vehicles was closed. Uber drivers and other rideshare companies arriving to stage for the collection of inbound passengers were met with yellow construction tape and metal barriers preventing their access to the lot.

Autonomous Cars Look to Sensor Advancements in 2019
January 7, 2019
New sensor technologies will lead the way in 2019, as automated cars begin to take aim at full autonomy. Advanced forms of radar, LiDAR, and inertial measurement will begin to move into small fleets of test vehicles, setting the stage for cars that can see better and make quicker decisions.

Hyundai-Kia Presents Automated Valet Parking & Charging Concept
January 6, 2019
Hyundai and Kia jointly unveiled a concept of Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), which combines autonomous driving and wireless charging.

Uber And Lyft Lights Are Illegal On Kansas Streets
January 5, 2019
Glowing logos in the windshield for popular rideshare companies Lyft and Uber help passengers identify what vehicle to get into, but Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say the lights are illegal.

Paving The Way For Self-Driving Cars
January 3, 2019
The day will come, if it hasn’t already, when you’ll be riding down the road, glance to the side, and see a car motoring along with no driver. Autonomous vehicles are on the way, and two Harvard initiatives are helping to prepare Boston, and beyond, for their smooth arrival.

Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles Are Reportedly Facing Ongoing Attacks in Arizona
January 1, 2019
In Arizona, the same state where one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian, people have reportedly been vandalizing autonomous vehicles operated by Waymo, the Google spin-off owned by Alphabet.

Self-Driving Cars Keep Tapping the Brakes
December 31, 2018
CES is more driverless-centric than ever this year, but the payoff remains well down the road.

5 Profound Lessons In The Mobility Space In 2018
December 31, 2018
2018 was a very notable year in several ways, many of them unpleasant, but the highlights included a handful of important (and in a couple of cases, absolutely critical) insights about transportation technology. For anyone with a stake in how we move people and things about, these realizations were profound and opened the door to vastly more productive thought on the sector.

Why China Could Be First With Self-Driving Cars
December 29, 2018
Many experts say China could be first to deploy autonomous vehicles at scale — and one indicator is how they've already taken the global lead in electric vehicles thanks to government policies and consumer attitudes.

Ridesharing Price Surges Expected Over NYE Weekend
December 28, 2018
With 2018 coming to a close, many are planning how we're going to ring in the New Year. For lots of people, that will include finding a ride to and from the celebration. Because demand will be higher, the fares probably will be as well.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Self-Driving Cars In 2018
December 27, 2018
From Uber’s fatal crash to Waymo’s driverless taxies to verrrrrrry slow buses—AVs still have a long way to go.

Who Will Regulate Autonomous Vehicles Best?
December 27, 2018
It’s not clear yet whether the AV START Act will pass the U.S. Senate and become a law. What is clear is the first effort at creating a national safety standard for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) wasn’t the most effective tactic.

Rideshare Companies Gearing Up For A Busy New Year’s Eve
December 24, 2018
Rideshare drivers are gearing up for a very busy night on New Year’s Eve, which is just one week away. In fact, Lyft is seeing 100 percent year over year growth in demand for the last day of the year.

Cedar Falls Seeking Solution On Parkade Parking
January 20, 2019
The development and revitalization of downtown Cedar Falls has been miraculous. The Parkade is a great place to spend time shopping and taking part in dining and entertainment opportunities. It’s a bustling jewel of the city. Planning for parking, however, apparently just never seemed to rise to a priority. Last week, an initial downtown parking study conducted by Wantman Group Inc. (WGI) presented some recommendations.

Westfield UTC to Start Charging for Parking This Month
January 14, 2019
The ticket kiosks and parking barriers at La Jolla's Westfield UTC (San Diego, Calif.) will finally be put to use. A "secured parking plan" will go into effect this month, which will come with a parking charge for some. Starting Jan. 30, Westfield UTC will start charging customers to use their parking lots after two hours.

Lord & Taylor Locking Down Westfield Parking Lots
January 14, 2019
As of Friday, those who were using the Lord & Taylor employee parking lots have been informed they have to make other arrangements. In a letter left on the cars in the lot and submitted to the town (Westfield, N.J.) the retail outlet noted that they will be enforcing parking rules in their two lots that are intended strictly for their employees.

Schaumburg Considers Plan For 6-Story Parking Deck Near Convention Center
January 14, 2019
Schaumburg (Ill.) village trustees on Tuesday will review plans for a proposed $30 million to $33 million parking deck to serve the Schaumburg Convention Center and new businesses that would join a planned entertainment district nearby.

FDOT Helping Truck Drivers Find Safe Parking
January 14, 2019
The Florida Department of Transportation will be installing a new parking system this week to improve safety for truck drivers. The Truck Parking Availability System will track how many open parking spots are available at certain rest stops to prevent truck drivers from parking along the highway or ramp shoulders.

This New IDOT System Will Help Iowa Truck Drivers Find Parking Across the State
January 13, 2019
Known as Trucks Park Here, a hi-tech system by the Idaho Department of Transportation will gather real-time data collected at dozens of state-run rest areas and private truck stops to alert commercial drivers to parking spaces available along Interstate 80 and portions of I-380, I-35 and I-29.

Midtown Residents Raise Concerns About Design, Parking, Traffic For Poplar Art Lofts
January 7, 2019
The (Memphis, Tenn.) developer for a planned six-story apartment building and parking garage still has a long way to go before a group of concerned Midtown residents will support the project.

DMC Ends Self-Parking Fees At Midtown Detroit Campus
January 7, 2019
Detroit Medical Center has eliminated self-parking fees and increased valet fees at its Midtown Detroit campus.

Public Hearing Regarding Storage, Parking Of Trailers, Commercial Vehicles Set For Jan. 15
January 7, 2019
The Spearfish (S.D.) Planning Commission Wednesday set a public hearing for Jan. 15 to consider an amendment to zoning code related to the storage and parking of trailers and commercial vehicles.

Grandview Yard’s Paid Parking Spots Designed For Quick Stops
January 7, 2019
Parking-meter kiosks for 270 paid on-street parking spaces are being installed and are expected to be operational before the end of January, (Grandview Heights, Ohio) Mayor Ray DeGraw said. The kiosks are located in the commercial sections of Grandview Yard and are expected to be used primarily by short-term visitors shopping at stores or eating at restaurants, DeGraw said. The goal is to encourage long-term parking in the free garages and provide convenient parking spaces for visitors stopping by the Yard for a quick meal or a shopping excursion, he said.

New System Will Help Commercial Truckers Find Safe Parking
January 5, 2019
Commercial truck drivers on Kansas highways and roads in seven other Midwestern states will be able to plan their rest stops more easily and efficiently using a new system launched Friday. A ribbon-cutting for the new Truck Parking Information Management System, or TPIMS, was held at the Paxico rest area, one of 18 sites in Kansas that are part of the new system.

Denison Parking Acquires Boutique Valet Firm In Effort To Expand Business Line
January 3, 2019
Indianapolis-based parking operator Denison Parking has acquired local boutique valet parking company SOPHI Global LLC, forming a new subsidiary to help expand its valet and concierge services. SOPHI Global’s assets will account for the bulk of Denison Mobility LLC, which will be overseen by SOPHI's founders. SOPHI is an acronym for Strategic Operations for Parking and Hospitality Integration.

Brightwaters Proposes Parking Rules For New Businesses
January 2, 2019
Brightwaters (N.Y.) Mayor John Valdini is backing a proposal regulating commercial off-street parking, an initiative he says is overdue and will help village officials be more selective in greenlighting new businesses.

Miami Design District, City Unite To Support Valet Services
January 1, 2019
An agreement between the Miami Parking Authority and Miami Design District Associates LLC will help financially support a valet parking service in the growing neighborhood of luxury shops and establishments just north of I-195. At its December meeting, the city’s Off-Street Parking Board approved the agreement unanimously.

The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas Drops Parking Fee For Hotel Guests
December 28, 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will stop charging guests up to $10 a night to park at the hotel-resort starting Jan. 1. Free parking is a perk that slowly disappeared at some Las Vegas resorts over the last few years. The Cosmopolitan is the second Strip resort to rethink parking fees.

Parking Rates Rise To $2 At Erlanger's Downtown Parking Garage; Valet Parking Still Free At Five Locations
December 28, 2018
Erlanger Health System (Tenn.) officials announced that parking rates in the hospital's downtown parking garage will increase from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 1, 2019. Rob Brooks, Erlanger's chief operating officer, said in a news release that the increase will help offset rising costs of maintaining the parking garage, multiple valet services, labor, parking lots and shuttles at Erlanger.

Superior Council Considers Removing Off-Street Parking Minimums
December 26, 2018
Superior's City Council (Minn.) is considering eliminating minimum off-street parking requirements in commercial and manufacturing districts. The change to the zoning code would eliminate off-street parking requirements for a variety of commercial operations, including churches.

Cape Residents Find Workarounds To Commercial Vehicle Parking Ordinance
December 26, 2018
Cape Coral (Fla.) leaders passed an ordinance this year that restricts residents from parking commercial vehicles in their driveways for more than two hours. After complaints from owners of commercial vehicles, people decided to get creative to comply.

MDOT Expanding Truck Parking Information System
December 24, 2018
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is expanding its Truck Parking Information and Management System with new parking locations.

Uber Critical Of Plan To Raise Fees For Ride-Hailing Firms
January 21, 2019
Uber says legislation calling for higher fees for ride-hailing companies would place an unfair burden on Massachusetts residents who rely on the service. Three (Mass.) state lawmakers and a regional planning group are calling for the higher fees on Uber and Lyft, saying they could help reduce traffic and raise revenue for cities and towns for transportation projects.

Variably Priced Parking Could Be Coming To Arlington
January 18, 2019
Parking prices in parts of Arlington could soon rise and fall based on demand, just like Interstate 66 tolls. Virginia is considering providing $5.4 million for a system that would detect the number and location of empty and full street parking spaces in the Crystal City area and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in order to raise prices on busy blocks and lower prices where there are more spaces available.

City Report Suggests Charging Congestion Fee For Vancouver Rideshare Users
January 16, 2019
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft aren’t even a reality on BC’s roads yet, but that hasn’t stopped Vancouver City Council from pondering a potential congestion fee for users of the services when they become available.

Gov. Cuomo Set to Propose New Congestion Pricing Plan to Fix New York Subways
January 14, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to propose a new congestion pricing plan to ease traffic in Midtown Manhattan and help fund the MTA. If the governor gets his way, anyone going south of 60th Street will pay a new toll.

The Curb; Your Enthusiasm
January 14, 2019
People have been reinventing the wheel for centuries. More recently, people have been reinventing conventional uses of wheels to move folks from place to place — especially in urban areas. Today, people in urban areas around the world can train, scoot, drive, bus, bike or walk from here to there. A report from PwC and the National Parking Association confirms that one common area could hold the answer to reducing congestion resulting from multi-modal innovation: the curb.

Is There Too Much Free Parking In Downtown Nashville?
January 8, 2019
Is there too much free parking in downtown Nashville? That surprising comment comes from a Metro councilmember who said free parking supplied by employers contributes to the city’s traffic problems.

Another Reason to Support Congestion Pricing? Cleaner Air
January 7, 2019
Transportation makes up nearly a third of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Cars and traffic, fueled by diesel and gasoline, are largely to blame. New York City’s congestion has big consequences for our little ones, whose still-developing lungs are more vulnerable to asthma and other damage. The idea, referred to as congestion pricing, would raise money for much-needed improvements to our public transit system, as well as for transitioning the city’s buses to an all-electric fleet.

County To Hold Workshop On Parking And Congestion On Siesta Key
January 7, 2019
Siesta Key (Fla.) is well-known among locals and tourists alike for having abysmal parking prospects on even some of the best of days. As a result, officials and residents will have the opportunity to collaborate on more feasible solutions at an upcoming public workshop slated for Wednesday, Feb. 27.

How Online Shopping Is Making Congestion And Pollution Worse
January 7, 2019
It might take a few cars off the road, but it is adding a whole lot of trucks.

Councillor Says Indent Parking Is The Key To Improving Traffic Flow
January 7, 2019
More parking on the CBD fringe and a change of culture is needed to improve city congestion, a Warrnambool (Australia) councillor says.

Congestion Pricing Fee Lawsuit Could Cost MTA Millions In Revenue
January 3, 2019
In December, a judge issued a temporary restraining order on the congestion fee on taxi and other for-hire vehicle rides below 96th Street that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1. The lawsuit was filed by a coalition of members from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance against the Taxi and Limousine Commission and Governor Andrew Cuomo, seeking to stop the congestion surcharge, arguing that the fee adds an “additional crushing burden on a workforce already facing financial despair.”

No Parking: Oslo Aims To Limit Cars In City Center
December 30, 2018
Horns blaring, tires screeching and miles of traffic — these are the hallmarks of busy cities the world over. But that is changing in Europe as some urban areas take steps to regulate and reduce the number of cars as they aim to improve both the environment and quality of life.

City of Memphis Conducting Study on Minimizing Downtown Traffic and Parking Congestion
December 26, 2018
The City of Memphis is spending $449,000 on a study to look at the impact on traffic and parking once the work begins on the expansion of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Campus, the upgrade to the Cook Convention Center and a new Loews Hotel at 120 North Main.

The Future of Electric Vehicle Charging: Executives At EVgo Weigh In
January 21, 2019
The executives at EVgo – one of America’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure companies have big plans. They intend to stake out a significant piece of America’s charging real estate as the electric vehicle game unfolds. It’s not a simple game. And it's unlike the use of liquid fuels, where most people exhibit similar behavior and generally fill up every time they pull up to the pump. In fact, EV charging behavior is much more variegated, and depends greatly on the vehicle segment and customer base being served.

Highways, Car Parks To Get Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles
January 21, 2019
Charging stations for electric vehicles on major highways and commuter car parks in NSW (Australia) will soon become more common after the state government committed funding for them. As part of an attempt to encourage a greater uptake of electric vehicles, the government announced $3 million for charging points on major roads, and $2 million for installing them in commuter car parks.

Small, Entry-Level Electric Cars Won’t Be Affordable, Says VW
January 21, 2019
Electric cars for years were more expensive than comparable-class conventional cars. The higher initial prices were offset by lower costs of electricity (vs. fuel) and expected lower maintenance costs over a lifetime. With mass electrification just around the corner, initial prices of BEVs were becoming more competitive, while performances is often better. Decreasing battery costs per kWh of capacity opens way for fast expansion. However, according to Hans Dieter Pötsch Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, in the case of small, entry-level cars, all-electric versions are expected to remain more expensive than gasoline versions.

Car Companies Aren’t Even Trying To Sell Electric Cars
January 20, 2019
Head to a Ford dealership and ask about an F-150. You will be shown its features, invited on a test drive, and treated to a carefully practiced sales pitch detailing the truck’s strength, power, and durability. Ask about an electric car, and you might have a very different experience. Experts and advocates have consistently found dealers and manufacturers putting as little effort as possible into selling electric cars.

Electric Car Charging Station Opens
January 17, 2019
Electric car charger producer Electrify America has opened a charging station in Paducah, one of three such chargers found in Kentucky.

Garage to Add Charging Stations
January 16, 2019
The city of Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) will have three new, taxpayer-funded electric car charging stations in its new downtown parking garage by next summer. Council members agreed Tuesday to spend $8,500 to install three charging stations at three parking spots reserved for electric cars in the new garage.

Boulder To Offer Two Hours Of Daily Free Electric Vehicle Charging Starting Saturday
January 14, 2019
Starting Saturday, Boulder will offer two free hours of electric vehicle charging per day at the Boulder Junction on-street charging station and downtown city parking garages.

Detroit Show Has SUVs, Horsepower, But Electric Cars Are Few
January 14, 2019
Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production.

Hyundai-Kia Presents Automated Valet Parking & Charging Concept
January 6, 2019
Hyundai and Kia jointly unveiled a concept of Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), which combines autonomous driving and wireless charging.

Plan To Create Electric Car Charging Stations At Walmart Stores Nationwide Coming To Milwaukee Area
January 3, 2019
A plan to create electric car charging stations at more than 100 Walmart store parking lots nationwide is coming to the Milwaukee area.

VW's Mobile Chargers Could Help EVs Conquer the World
January 3, 2019
As VW continues its penance for the Dieselgate scandal, it's showing off a mobile charging station for electric cars, which could debut in Germany in the next few months.

4 U.S. Electric Vehicle Trends To Watch In 2019
January 2, 2019
Electric vehicle (EV) policies helped the U.S. pass 1 million total sales in 2018 and electrification is on the minds of most forward-looking utilities—but despite this momentum, four major trends will determine if EVs accelerate or slowdown in 2019.

5 Electric Cars We're Charged Up to Drive in 2019
January 2, 2019
A new year brings an electric Porsche, and just maybe a long-awaited Tesla.

UK Pioneer Of Electric Car Charging Points Faces Barrage Of Criticism
January 2, 2019
Ecotricity dominates motorway network but rivals say its equipment is outdated and investment is too low.

Volkswagen Previews A Quick-Charging Mobile Power Bank For Electric Cars
December 31, 2018
Volkswagen envisions a future in which cities are peppered with power bank-like mobile charging stations that keep electric cars topped up quickly and conveniently. The German firm sees its mobile charging station as a useful piece of technology that adds an important degree of flexibility to the charging infrastructure.

Why China Could Be First With Self-Driving Cars
December 29, 2018
Many experts say China could be first to deploy autonomous vehicles at scale — and one indicator is how they've already taken the global lead in electric vehicles thanks to government policies and consumer attitudes.

My Kingdom For A Charging Station: One Electric-Vehicle Driver’s Frustrating Search
December 26, 2018
Halfway through a week of test-driving the new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace, and intending to drive the following day to Palm Springs, I decided to find a charging station to bring the car’s battery up to full capacity. Thus began an odyssey that fundamentally changed my opinion about EV ownership in Los Angeles. Had I studied up, or not been such a newcomer, I wouldn’t have been surprised by the difficulty I had finding an open charging port.

Electric Vehicle Subsidies Bring Unintended Consequences
December 26, 2018
Earlier this month, the Trump Administration threatened to end federal tax credits for electric vehicles (EVs). Soon after, Congress decided it would not expand the EV federal tax credit, much to the detriment of automakers and potential EV buyers. But despite the disappointment this poses for many, it’s important to understand how government subsidies are bringing unintended consequences to the markets where they are issued.

How Electric Cars Are Slowly Moving From Niche To Something 'People Want To Buy'
December 23, 2018
For your next car, would you consider plugging it in instead of filling it up? "Electric vehicle sales are still under 2 percent of the new car sales every month, so it's a very small number," said Kelley Blue Book executive analyst Rebecca Lindland. But she said that's beginning to change, especially in the luxury market.

Charging Stations Yes, Branding No
December 20, 2018
Electric-vehicle charging stations will be installed in the Town of East Hampton, the town board was told this month, and five more electric vehicles will soon be added to the town’s fleet, but the number and type of charging stations that could be added will have to be negotiated.

Pay On Exit Parking Barriers To ‘Go Live’ At The Cumberland Infirmary
January 21, 2019
North Cumbria (England) University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) has been listening to patient and visitor comments on how the car parks at the Cumberland Infirmary can be improved and as a result, pay on exit barriers have been installed. The introduction of the barriers means patients and visitors will no longer have to estimate how long they will need to park for and only pay for the time they use. The barriers also bring the added convenience of credit and debit card payments.

DMC Ends Self-Parking Fees At Midtown Detroit Campus
January 7, 2019
Detroit Medical Center has eliminated self-parking fees and increased valet fees at its Midtown Detroit campus.

Parking Rates Rise To $2 At Erlanger's Downtown Parking Garage; Valet Parking Still Free At Five Locations
December 28, 2018
Erlanger Health System (Tenn.) officials announced that parking rates in the hospital's downtown parking garage will increase from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 1, 2019. Rob Brooks, Erlanger's chief operating officer, said in a news release that the increase will help offset rising costs of maintaining the parking garage, multiple valet services, labor, parking lots and shuttles at Erlanger.

Hospitals Making Hundreds Of Millions From Parking Charges
December 27, 2018
Hospitals in England are making hundreds of millions of pounds from car parking charges, with more than 40% of NHS trusts increasing the cost of a stay in the past year.

Church Wouldn’t Sell, So Hospital Built Parking Garage Around It
December 25, 2018
The little white, stucco church sits on East Fulton Street as it has for decades, on a residential block with brick row houses next door. But it has a new neighbor, a six-story parking garage that overwhelms and wraps around the place of worship. The Exodus Fellowship Church refused to fall to the sprawling development of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Gatwick Airport Parking Could Be Done By Futuristic Robots Within A Few Months
January 21, 2019
Gatwick Airport (England) has submitted plans to have futuristic robots parking people's cars in an incredible pilot project that could be in operation by August. The scheme is a pioneering idea from French company Stanley Robotics, which has created a robot valet that parks your car more efficiently and securely.

Highways, Car Parks To Get Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles
January 21, 2019
Charging stations for electric vehicles on major highways and commuter car parks in NSW (Australia) will soon become more common after the state government committed funding for them. As part of an attempt to encourage a greater uptake of electric vehicles, the government announced $3 million for charging points on major roads, and $2 million for installing them in commuter car parks.

Pay On Exit Parking Barriers To ‘Go Live’ At The Cumberland Infirmary
January 21, 2019
North Cumbria (England) University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) has been listening to patient and visitor comments on how the car parks at the Cumberland Infirmary can be improved and as a result, pay on exit barriers have been installed. The introduction of the barriers means patients and visitors will no longer have to estimate how long they will need to park for and only pay for the time they use. The barriers also bring the added convenience of credit and debit card payments.

Driver ALERT - You Could Soon Be Charged £1,000 To Park At Work
January 20, 2019
Drivers could soon face huge new charges to park at their work as a new tax to tackle air pollution is being considered by councils across the UK.

Alpark Invited to Annual World Bank Conference on Transport, Leading Global Smart Parking 5.0
January 20, 2019
As China's largest smart parking operation service platform and the only AI innovative application enterprise in China's static transportation industry, Alpark was invited to attend the 16th Annual World Transport Convention organized by the World Bank in its headquarters in Washington.

How Expensive Is Bristol Airport Parking Compared To Others?
January 17, 2019
The cost of parking at an airport is often hefty even for those who are just dropping someone off. Bristol Airport is no exception, with parking charges for a week setting you back £127 - more than in London, Tokyo and Atlanta. But it’s not all bad for those travelling from Bristol.

Ministry Admits It's A 'Big Ask' To Build Christchurch Hospital Parking By 2020 Deadline
January 17, 2019
A site has not been chosen, the designs are not done and a builder is yet to be found two years before Christchurch Hospital's new car park is due to be finished. The Ministry of Health (New Zealand) says it still aims to build it by the end of 2020, but admits it is a "big ask".

City Report Suggests Charging Congestion Fee For Vancouver Rideshare Users
January 16, 2019
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft aren’t even a reality on BC’s roads yet, but that hasn’t stopped Vancouver City Council from pondering a potential congestion fee for users of the services when they become available.

Councillor Not Happy With City's Parking Rate Hike
January 14, 2019
A Kamloops (Canada) councillor wants to revert downtown parking rates back down to those before a recent increase. On Jan. 1, the city’s downtown parking meters increased by a quarter for the first two hours and 50 cents for the third hour. Parking now costs $1.50 per hour for the first two hours and $3 for the third hour.

First Diagonal Smart Parking Garage Debuts In China
January 11, 2019
Parking just got a little easier for some drivers in China with its new smart parking garage idea. A first of its kind, the diagonal smart parking garage is being described as a robotic valet.

Hong Kong Airport To Renumber Boarding Gates And Parking Stands
January 10, 2019
A number of boarding gates and parking stands at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will be renumbered to tie in with the new footbridge, coined Sky Bridge.

Vancouver Plans To Build Less Parking
January 8, 2019
After months of consideration, Vancouver city staff have recommended that the city only invest in visitor parking and focus on creating partnerships with private developers to build parking for downtown employees.

Councillor Says Indent Parking Is The Key To Improving Traffic Flow
January 7, 2019
More parking on the CBD fringe and a change of culture is needed to improve city congestion, a Warrnambool (Australia) councillor says.

Is Passenger Behaviour Responsible For The Decline In Airport Parking?
January 4, 2019
With increasingly good public transport options and ride-hailing services available, airport parking is becoming less popular with passengers travelling to the airport. Kelly Edwards from UK travel insurance provider, Staysure, examines the data from a recent UK research study and considers what effect this downturn has on airports themselves.

New Car-Sharing Service Offers Free Parking At Manchester Airport
January 2, 2019
ForestCar, a car-sharing service that allows travellers to make money from renting out their vehicle while they are away, will launch on January 14 at Manchester Airport (England). Car owners get free parking and receive 20 per cent of the rental cost if it is used. The price is set by ForestCar depending on the vehicle type.

UK Pioneer Of Electric Car Charging Points Faces Barrage Of Criticism
January 2, 2019
Ecotricity dominates motorway network but rivals say its equipment is outdated and investment is too low.

Robots Could Be Parking Your Car At Gatwick Airport Under Pilot Project
December 31, 2018
Robots could be parking cars at Gatwick Airport (U.K.) as part of a pilot project due to be undertaken in 2019. Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) has been working with robotics company Stanley Robotics to explore the introduction of robotic valet car parking. A pilot project to test the concept is planned as Gatwick looks to find ways to make more efficient use of the airport’s passenger parking estate.

No Parking: Oslo Aims To Limit Cars In City Center
December 30, 2018
Horns blaring, tires screeching and miles of traffic — these are the hallmarks of busy cities the world over. But that is changing in Europe as some urban areas take steps to regulate and reduce the number of cars as they aim to improve both the environment and quality of life.

Why China Could Be First With Self-Driving Cars
December 29, 2018
Many experts say China could be first to deploy autonomous vehicles at scale — and one indicator is how they've already taken the global lead in electric vehicles thanks to government policies and consumer attitudes.

Hospitals Making Hundreds Of Millions From Parking Charges
December 27, 2018
Hospitals in England are making hundreds of millions of pounds from car parking charges, with more than 40% of NHS trusts increasing the cost of a stay in the past year.

Nelson Bay CBD Parking Panel Seeks Solutions
December 27, 2018
The future of Donald Street carpark, proposed angle parking in Stockton and Yacaaba streets and wider use of technology were some of the more significant issues discussed by a special independent panel looking at parking in Nelson Bay (Australia) Town Centre.

Is BJP Pushing The City (Pune, India) Parking Policy Into Cold Storage?
December 20, 2018
Nine months since the ruling party members of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) general body passed a resolution to appoint a committee for implementing the parking policy, it is yet to be put in place. Instead, in what is being described as a delaying tactic, the ruling party members have put the onus of selecting the roads where the policy will be implement on the party’s MLAs.

Amsterdam To Push Through With Massive Parking Rate Hike
December 20, 2018
Amsterdam will be raising parking rates in the whole city on April 1st. On Wednesday a majority of the Amsterdam city council voted for traffic alderman Sharon Dijksma's plans for the significant rate increase, the Telegraaf reports.

All Traffic Solutions Expands Leadership Team; Announces Key Appointments as Company Continues to Drive Excellence and Innovation in Parking and Transportation Technology
January 17, 2019
Parking and transportation technology innovator All Traffic Solutions expands its leadership team with the appointments of B2B sales leader Jim Dineen as Vice President of Sales and seasoned technology marketer Eric Waldschmidt as Vice President of Marketing. ATS also announces two key product and customer success appointments as the company continues to drive excellence and advancements in IoT open-platform transportation technology.

Iteris and Cisco Partner to Deliver Smart City Connected Roadway Solutions
January 14, 2019
Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, today announced a strategic partnership with Cisco that will promote Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution through several initiatives between the two companies. Iteris’ integration with Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution will produce insights that highlight the advantages video detection and advanced networking can have on a city’s transportation system.

PayByPhone Names Carmen Sevrens Vice President of Sales, West
January 8, 2019
PayByPhone, the global leader in mobile parking payments, today announced that Carmen Sevrens has been named Vice President of Sales, West. A long-time parking technology sales leader, Sevrens joins PayByPhone from T2 Systems, where she was a regional sales manager. In her new position she will oversee business development throughout the west coast of the United States and Western Canada.

ParkWhiz Rebrands as ArriveTM
January 7, 2019
ParkWhiz Inc. announced today that it is rebranding as ArriveTM Inc., capping its transformation into the leading provider of solutions for the last mile of connected mobility. Arrive’s fully integrated platform helps companies and brands easily offer parking and other mobility-related services to drivers, fleets and connected vehicles.

Denison Parking Acquires Boutique Valet Firm In Effort To Expand Business Line
January 3, 2019
Indianapolis-based parking operator Denison Parking has acquired local boutique valet parking company SOPHI Global LLC, forming a new subsidiary to help expand its valet and concierge services. SOPHI Global’s assets will account for the bulk of Denison Mobility LLC, which will be overseen by SOPHI's founders. SOPHI is an acronym for Strategic Operations for Parking and Hospitality Integration.

GreenPower Receives Order for Two EV Stars from San Diego Airport Parking Company
January 3, 2019
GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSXV: GPV) (OTCQX: GPVRF) (“GreenPower”) announces that it has received an order for two EV Star All-Electric Min–eBuses from San Diego Airport Parking Company (“SDAPC”) which will be purchased utilizing the California HVIP voucher program along with a fifty-month lease financing program.

ParkMobile Named One of the "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America" by Entrepreneur Magazine's 2018 Entrepreneur360 List
December 20, 2018
Atlanta-based business recognized as the only mobility company on the 2018 list.

Gregg County Plans Parking Facility Using Reserve Funds
January 21, 2019
Gregg County (Texas) officials are moving forward with a courthouse parking facility project paid for from an almost $50 million reserve fund.

City, NCTD Ink Agreement On 101 ‘Parking’ Areas
January 21, 2019
The dirt informal parking areas on both sides of the railroad corridor through Leucadia are now in the city’s control, after the city (Encinitas, Calif.) and North County Transit District entered into agreement.

Residential Parking Permits Could Be Coming To Shem Creek If Some Residents Have Their Way
January 17, 2019
Residential parking permits are being discussed at a community open house in Mount Pleasant on Thursday. The goal is to get feedback from residents who live near commercial areas.

Cedar Falls Seeking Solution On Parkade Parking
January 20, 2019
The development and revitalization of downtown Cedar Falls has been miraculous. The Parkade is a great place to spend time shopping and taking part in dining and entertainment opportunities. It’s a bustling jewel of the city. Planning for parking, however, apparently just never seemed to rise to a priority. Last week, an initial downtown parking study conducted by Wantman Group Inc. (WGI) presented some recommendations.

Consulting Firm Recommends Changes To Cedar Falls Downtown Parking
January 16, 2019
One community is steering to solve its parking problems. A consulting firm is hoping to find some solutions for an eastern Iowa city. KWWL’s Amanda Gilbert spoke with Senior Project Manager Andy Miller, who works for WGI consulting firm. After a nearly four-month-long study, he has some long term and short solutions for Cedar Falls.

Derby (Conn.) Passes Ordinance That Bans Some Vehicles From Street Parking
January 15, 2019
Anyone who owns a camper, motor home, trailer or commercial vehicle and has it parked on the street better move it before Thursday or start racking up daily fines. That’s because a new city ordinance banning the parking or storing of these types of vehicles is about to take effect.

Marco Council Makes Residential Holiday Parking Exemption Permanent
January 14, 2019
A parking exemption designed to provide some respite during the holiday period will become a permanent fixture on Marco Island (Fla.). For the past few years, the Marco Island City Council has adopted a short-term exemption to allow parking in residential swales during overnight hours from Nov. 15-Jan. 15. While the City Council adopted the temporary exemption last year, it unanimously voted to codify the exemption at Monday’s meeting.

Orlando Boosts Fines for Expired Meters and Other Infractions
January 14, 2019
Parking violations within Orlando’s city limits are getting a tad pricier. City commissioners voted Monday to raise fines $5 on its five most common infractions, hoping the additional revenue will offset losses from parking spaces below Interstate 4.

Reading Mayor Proposes Controversial Solution To City's Parking Problems
January 10, 2019
You know the law, you can't park in front of a fire hydrant, but one local (Reading, Pa.) leader has an idea to move the hydrants and create more parking spots.

Judge Delays Chester's Parking Meters From Widener
January 10, 2019
Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Barry Dozor granted Widener University an immediate temporary stay Wednesday, barring the city of Chester from installing parking meters in or around campus.

Oak Park To Start Parking Pilot Program In Early 2019
January 10, 2019
Oak Park (Ill.) officials recently announced that they plan to launch a parking pilot program in 2019 in an effort to make the village's parking system more efficient.

Colorado Springs City Council Delays RV Parking Ban
January 9, 2019
In a surprise move, the Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday voted to table until March 26 an amendment to an existing ordinance aimed at giving police authority to ticket and impound recreational vehicles parked on city streets. The amendment was suggested by the Colorado Springs Police Department Homeless Outreach Team (HOT Team) as a way to deal with people living in RVs parking near public parks and in industrial/commercial areas.

Is There Too Much Free Parking In Downtown Nashville?
January 8, 2019
Is there too much free parking in downtown Nashville? That surprising comment comes from a Metro councilmember who said free parking supplied by employers contributes to the city’s traffic problems.

Vancouver Plans To Build Less Parking
January 8, 2019
After months of consideration, Vancouver city staff have recommended that the city only invest in visitor parking and focus on creating partnerships with private developers to build parking for downtown employees

Council Eyes Neighborhood Parking Concerns, Wants Enforceable Change
January 8, 2019
Solutions for neighborhood parking pressures might not be as easy as adopting new rules. Addressing concerns about rented parking spaces in neighborhood backyards, the Rochester (Minn.) City Council acknowledged Monday that the current ban lacks teeth.

Spokane City Council May Allow Less Parking, Taller Homes In Some Parts Of City
January 8, 2019
The Spokane (Wash.) City Council is considering loosening parking restrictions and allowing taller buildings in some parts of the city, which supporters say will increase development and create more options for homeownership.

County To Hold Workshop On Parking And Congestion On Siesta Key
January 7, 2019
Siesta Key (Fla.) is well-known among locals and tourists alike for having abysmal parking prospects on even some of the best of days. As a result, officials and residents will have the opportunity to collaborate on more feasible solutions at an upcoming public workshop slated for Wednesday, Feb. 27.

New City Parking Rates, Hours Now In Effect
January 3, 2019
Changes to (Bloomington, Ind.) city parking operations, including increased parking rates, lengthened hours and higher citation fees went into effect Jan. 1. The changes were based on recommendations by Desman, a national parking specialist. The company’s June report found Bloomington did not have a parking shortage, but lacked revenue to maintain parking operations.

Missouri to Make Moves on Downtown Columbia Parking Problem
January 2, 2019
At the parking commission advisory board meeting on Wednesday, the city discussed how they would begin collecting data for the consulting firm they hired to explore solutions to the downtown parking problem. In 2016, the city applied for assistance, but it wasn't until 2018 that the advisory commission hired Walker Consultants to assess the problem. Leah Christian, the city’s transit and parking manager, said the reason the city has finally chosen to work on the problem has been because of a growth increase within the city of Columbia.

After Thousands Sign Petition, Buffalo To Return Some Free Parking
January 2, 2019
Common Council President Darius Pridgen on Wednesday responded to the widespread uproar over reduced free parking and higher rates on downtown streets by calling to return some free parking on weeknights and weekends.

Osage Buys Parking Lot From Seminary Foundation
December 31, 2018
The City of Osage (Iowa) owns a new downtown parking lot. The city purchased it for $75,000 from the Cedar Valley Seminary Foundation. It’s located at the corner of Seventh and Chase Streets.

Report Calls For Change In Downtown Parking For Grand Forks
December 30, 2018
In the midst of residential development in downtown Grand Forks and a nearly $6.5 million reconstruction of DeMers Avenue, transportation experts say it's time to reassess parking needs.

McHenry Approves $611K For Green Street Parking
December 28, 2018
The McHenry (Ill.) City Council has agreed to spend $611,000 on four properties to be used for downtown parking. City Council members have been in the process of addressing downtown parking needs for several years.

Fewer Free Parking Spots In Buffalo? Online Petition Fuels Opposition
December 28, 2018
A downtown street parking plan approved this week by Buffalo lawmakers has gone over like finding a bright orange envelope under the windshield wiper.

New Townhouses, Condos And Business Space Could Replace Parking Lots In Downtown Puyallup
December 28, 2018
The city of Puyallup (Wash.) is considering a development plan that could create townhouses, apartments, condos and new commercial space for businesses downtown. City officials also are weighing what that might mean for parking.

Neighbors Express Concern Over Ordinance Prohibiting Parking on Marlin Street, Saying it Negatively Impacts Neighborhood
December 27, 2018
A municipal decision about prohibiting parking on several local (Bridgewater, N.J.) streets has caused strife for other residents who were surprised by the decision.

From Free To Fees, Changes Are Coming To Some Bend Parking
December 26, 2018
Among a slew of changes to parking enforcement in downtown Bend (Ore.) in 2019 is a policy that will make it easier for the city to charge an hourly fee for parking spaces that are now free — depending on how a test of a paid parking program plays out.

City Hears, Accepts Report That Could Change Downtown Parking Structure
December 20, 2018
The Hickory (N.C.) City Council accepted the findings of a downtown parking study that recommends re-classifying parking spaces to create more three-hour and unrestricted spots for motorists.

Warren (Ohio) To Seek Bids For Downtown Parking Contract
December 20, 2018
The city will seek bids in January for a contract to manage downtown parking lots, parking around Courthouse Square and the three-story Franklin Street parking deck.

Increased Parking Fines Raise Concerns For Some Downtown Athens Employees
January 20, 2019
The Athens-Clarke (Ga.) Commission proposed an increase in parking fines, which became effective July 1, 2018. Now, around six months later, the local community seems to be noticing the effects of the increase. The change may be intended to let business grow, but it presents a challenge for locals.

Troy To Spend $5,000 For Parking Moratorium Analysis
January 19, 2019
The city of Troy (Ohio) is paying a consultant to analyze the city’s downtown parking moratorium on timed violations, which may be extended to March 31.

Newark Police Begin Issuing Electronic Parking Citations Downtown
January 18, 2019
Months after downtown renovations were completed, Newark (Ohio) police officers have begun issuing parking tickets through handheld devices.

Derby (Conn.) Passes Ordinance That Bans Some Vehicles From Street Parking
January 15, 2019
Anyone who owns a camper, motor home, trailer or commercial vehicle and has it parked on the street better move it before Thursday or start racking up daily fines. That’s because a new city ordinance banning the parking or storing of these types of vehicles is about to take effect.

Nearly 130 Ticketed In First Week Of City Parking Enforcement
January 15, 2019
Between Jan. 3-9, a total of 129 parking tickets were issued in the downtown core. The tickets came via the City of Plattsburgh’s (N.Y.) new parking enforcement officer, Tori Prinsen, who was hired last month and began writing formal tickets at the beginning of the year.

Investigation: 1 in 10 Disabled Parking Placards Being Misused
January 14, 2019
For decades, there has been a problem with people misusing and abusing disabled parking placards and despite a hefty fine, investigators who enforce the law and look for the misuse, say they’re fighting a losing battle.

Augusta Task Force's Downtown Parking Plan Set for Implementation by July
January 14, 2019
Parking management in downtown Augusta (Ga.) may soon become a reality under an ambitious timeline released Monday by the mayor’s office.

Orlando Boosts Fines for Expired Meters and Other Infractions
January 14, 2019
Parking violations within Orlando’s city limits are getting a tad pricier. City commissioners voted Monday to raise fines $5 on its five most common infractions, hoping the additional revenue will offset losses from parking spaces below Interstate 4.

Lord & Taylor Locking Down Westfield Parking Lots
January 14, 2019
As of Friday, those who were using the Lord & Taylor employee parking lots have been informed they have to make other arrangements. In a letter left on the cars in the lot and submitted to the town (Westfield, N.J.) the retail outlet noted that they will be enforcing parking rules in their two lots that are intended strictly for their employees.

Marco Council Makes Residential Holiday Parking Exemption Permanent
January 14, 2019
A parking exemption designed to provide some respite during the holiday period will become a permanent fixture on Marco Island (Fla.). For the past few years, the Marco Island City Council has adopted a short-term exemption to allow parking in residential swales during overnight hours from Nov. 15-Jan. 15. While the City Council adopted the temporary exemption last year, it unanimously voted to codify the exemption at Monday’s meeting.

Parking Sensors In Downtown Elgin Will Alert Police To Time Limit Violators So Tickets Can Be Issued
January 12, 2019
The Elgin City Council this past week approved a five-year, $110,000 lease agreement with One Sense LLC for ParkAware, a smart parking management platform that will enhance parking enforcement in high-priority downtown areas. Under the contract, 225 downtown parking spaces will be fitted with parking sensors to alert police to anyone violating two-hour and 30-minute parking limits, according to city documents.

Saginaw Parking Ticket Lawsuit Could Have ‘Major Effects Across The Country’
January 10, 2019
Can government operatives issue parking tickets based on chalking vehicle tires, or does such an act constitute a violation of one’s constitutional rights? That’s an issue before a federal appeals court after a lawsuit was filed over tire chalking in Saginaw (Mich.).

Reading Mayor Proposes Controversial Solution To City's Parking Problems
January 10, 2019
You know the law, you can't park in front of a fire hydrant, but one local (Reading, Pa.) leader has an idea to move the hydrants and create more parking spots.

Judge Delays Chester's Parking Meters From Widener
January 10, 2019
Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Barry Dozor granted Widener University an immediate temporary stay Wednesday, barring the city of Chester from installing parking meters in or around campus.

Oak Park To Start Parking Pilot Program In Early 2019
January 10, 2019
Oak Park (Ill.) officials recently announced that they plan to launch a parking pilot program in 2019 in an effort to make the village's parking system more efficient.

Colorado Springs City Council Delays RV Parking Ban
January 9, 2019
In a surprise move, the Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday voted to table until March 26 an amendment to an existing ordinance aimed at giving police authority to ticket and impound recreational vehicles parked on city streets. The amendment was suggested by the Colorado Springs Police Department Homeless Outreach Team (HOT Team) as a way to deal with people living in RVs parking near public parks and in industrial/commercial areas.

Town Wants To Charge For Long Island Rail Road Parking Spots In Copiague
January 8, 2019
To stop out-of-town commuters from using Copiague’s free Long Island Rail Road parking lots, the Town of Babylon is asking for Metropolitan Transportation Authority approval to charge for some spots.

Council Eyes Neighborhood Parking Concerns, Wants Enforceable Change
January 8, 2019
Solutions for neighborhood parking pressures might not be as easy as adopting new rules. Addressing concerns about rented parking spaces in neighborhood backyards, the Rochester (Minn.) City Council acknowledged Monday that the current ban lacks teeth.

Spokane City Council May Allow Less Parking, Taller Homes In Some Parts Of City
January 8, 2019
The Spokane (Wash.) City Council is considering loosening parking restrictions and allowing taller buildings in some parts of the city, which supporters say will increase development and create more options for homeownership.

Parking War Erupts Between Widener and Chester
January 3, 2019
Widener University has filed a complaint of trespass against the city of Chester (Pa.) and wants a preliminary injunction against the installation of parking meters on campus that it claims could cause more than $30 million in lost revenue if carried out.

New City Parking Rates, Hours Now In Effect
January 3, 2019
Changes to (Bloomington, Ind.) city parking operations, including increased parking rates, lengthened hours and higher citation fees went into effect Jan. 1. The changes were based on recommendations by Desman, a national parking specialist. The company’s June report found Bloomington did not have a parking shortage, but lacked revenue to maintain parking operations.

Paid Parking Ban Turned Down By La Crosse Committee
January 3, 2019
While the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s proposal for a transitional housing facility on Farnam Street dominated the discussion at Wednesday’s La Crosse Plan Commission and Judiciary and Administrative Committee meetings, the two groups also tackled parking near two of the city’s college campuses and several redevelopment projects.

City Employees Have Ignored Over $650K Worth Of Parking Tickets And Violations
December 29, 2018
New York City employees have thumbed their noses at well over $650,000 in parking tickets and camera violations such as speeding or running red lights while driving government cars — blowing off summonses with little consequence, The Post has found.

Fewer Free Parking Spots In Buffalo? Online Petition Fuels Opposition
December 28, 2018
A downtown street parking plan approved this week by Buffalo lawmakers has gone over like finding a bright orange envelope under the windshield wiper.

Neighbors Express Concern Over Ordinance Prohibiting Parking on Marlin Street, Saying it Negatively Impacts Neighborhood
December 27, 2018
A municipal decision about prohibiting parking on several local (Bridgewater, N.J.) streets has caused strife for other residents who were surprised by the decision.

Motorists Cannot Hog Chambersburg's Metered Parking Spaces All Day Come 2019
December 27, 2018
Finding a parking space on downtown streets in Chambersburg (Pa.) should be a little easier in 2019. A new parking law prohibits someone from hogging a metered parking space all day long.

North Adams (Mass.) Traffic Commission Advises Rate Hike for Permit Parking
January 20, 2019
The Traffic Commission is recommending the city raise its parking permit fees for the Center Street lot for the first time in 10 years. The commission on Monday voted to recommend to the City Council raising the rates by $10 for both daytime and overnight parking permits.

Parking Rate Hike Proposed In Downtown Eugene, Campus Area
January 17, 2019
Time is running out for residents to comment on proposed increases to both on- and off-street parking rates in downtown (Eugene, Ore.) and the campus area.

Clearwater Raises Beach Parking Rates
January 17, 2019
The recent $1 an hour increase at North Beach Parking Plaza brings Clearwater in line with what other Florida beach towns charge for off-street parking.

Wrightsville Beach Leaders to Consider Increasing Parking Fees
January 14, 2019
Wrightsville Beach (N.C.0 leaders voted to increase parking fees during a retreat Tuesday after the town lost revenue due to Hurricane Florence and a year of wet weather.

South End Parking Spaces On Sale For $200,000 Total
January 10, 2019
Two tandem parking spaces are on sale in the Rollins Square Garage at 25 Savoy Street in the fast-changing South End. The price? A cool $200,000 total. While that sum is roughly the median U.S. home price, it’s actually kind of a bargain by downtown Boston parking standards—and downtown Boston garaged parking standards at that.

City Proposes Campus Parking Price Increase
January 10, 2019
The city of Eugene (Ore.) released a proposal that would raise parking prices around campus from $1.80 to $2 an hour. According to the proposal issued by Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz, the 11 percent increase would take effect on Feb. 1. The rest of the city would also receive a 15-cent raise, going from $1.20 to $1.35 an hour. Also potentially increasing are the various monthly parking passes available to community members living in the downtown or campus area.

Parking Fees Increasing In Greenville City Garages As Coins Will No Longer Be Taken
January 8, 2019
The city of Greenville (S.C.) will eliminate the use of coins in its parking garages soon in a change that will require new prices — and they won't be rounded down. The fees for parking garages will increase beginning next month.

Town Wants To Charge For Long Island Rail Road Parking Spots In Copiague
January 8, 2019
To stop out-of-town commuters from using Copiague’s free Long Island Rail Road parking lots, the Town of Babylon is asking for Metropolitan Transportation Authority approval to charge for some spots.

DMC Ends Self-Parking Fees At Midtown Detroit Campus
January 7, 2019
Detroit Medical Center has eliminated self-parking fees and increased valet fees at its Midtown Detroit campus.

Parking War Erupts Between Widener and Chester
January 3, 2019
Widener University has filed a complaint of trespass against the city of Chester (Pa.) and wants a preliminary injunction against the installation of parking meters on campus that it claims could cause more than $30 million in lost revenue if carried out.

New City Parking Rates, Hours Now In Effect
January 3, 2019
Changes to (Bloomington, Ind.) city parking operations, including increased parking rates, lengthened hours and higher citation fees went into effect Jan. 1. The changes were based on recommendations by Desman, a national parking specialist. The company’s June report found Bloomington did not have a parking shortage, but lacked revenue to maintain parking operations.

After Thousands Sign Petition, Buffalo To Return Some Free Parking
January 2, 2019
Common Council President Darius Pridgen on Wednesday responded to the widespread uproar over reduced free parking and higher rates on downtown streets by calling to return some free parking on weeknights and weekends.

At Least One Delaware Beach Town Is Looking To Increase Cost Of Parking This Summer
December 31, 2018
Spending time in the sun may get a little more expensive at one of Delaware's beaches. Officials in Rehoboth Beach are thinking about raising hourly rates from $2 to $3 at meters on portions of Rehoboth, Baltimore and Wilmington avenues, closest to the surf.

Parking Rates Rise To $2 At Erlanger's Downtown Parking Garage; Valet Parking Still Free At Five Locations
December 28, 2018
Erlanger Health System (Tenn.) officials announced that parking rates in the hospital's downtown parking garage will increase from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 1, 2019. Rob Brooks, Erlanger's chief operating officer, said in a news release that the increase will help offset rising costs of maintaining the parking garage, multiple valet services, labor, parking lots and shuttles at Erlanger.

Hospitals Making Hundreds Of Millions From Parking Charges
December 27, 2018
Hospitals in England are making hundreds of millions of pounds from car parking charges, with more than 40% of NHS trusts increasing the cost of a stay in the past year.

From Free To Fees, Changes Are Coming To Some Bend Parking
December 26, 2018
Among a slew of changes to parking enforcement in downtown Bend (Ore.) in 2019 is a policy that will make it easier for the city to charge an hourly fee for parking spaces that are now free — depending on how a test of a paid parking program plays out.

Sarasota County To Hold Public Workshop On Siesta Key Paid Parking
December 25, 2018
Sarasota County (Fla.) is expected to decide early next year whether it will impose paid parking at Siesta Key beaches. The commission will hold a special workshop tentatively scheduled on Feb. 19 to discuss implementing paid parking at Siesta Key beaches, according to county documents.

Petoskey Residents Petition To Nix Parking Rate Increases
December 24, 2018
A petition that is circulating online is calling to undo the recent decision to raise parking rates in downtown Petoskey (Mich.), and it already has more than 800 out of the targeted 1,000 signatures.

Amsterdam To Push Through With Massive Parking Rate Hike
December 20, 2018
Amsterdam will be raising parking rates in the whole city on April 1st. On Wednesday a majority of the Amsterdam city council voted for traffic alderman Sharon Dijksma's plans for the significant rate increase, the Telegraaf reports.

Plan For Salt Lake City To Pay For The Parking Garage At A Huge Downtown Development Hits A Snag
January 17, 2019
Salt Lake City has agreed to help provide millions of dollars in tax money for an underground parking garage as part a massive development of apartment towers, hotels and and office space on downtown’s Block 67, just west of the Salt Palace Convention Center. But that scenario has hit a major obstacle. The same mechanism the city was exploring to fund the underground parking structure — creating a new taxing district — now appears to conflict with a similar plan deployed years ago to pay for the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater on Main Street.

Red or Green Light? How Chicago Drivers Could Soon Find Parking in Arlington Heights Garage
January 15, 2019
Arlington Heights (Ill.) officials will explore installation of a parking guidance system in the Vail Avenue garage that would have individual space sensors showing if stalls are available with red and green lights.

Planners, Developers at Odds Over Importance of 'Green' Parking Lots in Lincoln's Older Neighborhoods
January 14, 2019
Will requiring developers to put in more trees and more green space in parking lots be good for older neighborhoods or a deterrent to redevelopment? It depends on who's answering the question.

Schaumburg Considers Plan For 6-Story Parking Deck Near Convention Center
January 14, 2019
Schaumburg (Ill.) village trustees on Tuesday will review plans for a proposed $30 million to $33 million parking deck to serve the Schaumburg Convention Center and new businesses that would join a planned entertainment district nearby.

These Future-Proof Parking Garages Can Easily Morph Into Offices Or Housing
January 14, 2019
Parking takes up an extraordinary amount of space in cities. These projects are making it easier to convert it to something more useful than car storage.

$2 Million Parking Garage Expansion In Kennett Square May Be Completed By Year's End
January 10, 2019
A $2 million expansion to Kennett Square’s (Pa.) public parking garage could be ready by the end of the year. Joe Scalise, borough manager, said he met with design consultants this week, and a bid package will go out before the end of this month. The expansion of the parking garage, located at East Linden and North Union streets, will add another 92 parking spaces to the existing 350 parking spaces available now. But 310 of those spaces are designated as permitted parking spots, and Genesis Health Ventures currently uses 340 spaces.

Midtown Residents Raise Concerns About Design, Parking, Traffic For Poplar Art Lofts
January 7, 2019
The (Memphis, Tenn.) developer for a planned six-story apartment building and parking garage still has a long way to go before a group of concerned Midtown residents will support the project.

What's Next For The Buchanan Street Parking Garage?
January 10, 2019
The parish-owned Buchanan Parking Garage was condemned months ago because engineers deemed it unsafe. Anita Begnaud, Downtown Development Authority's new CEO, said what to do with the deteriorating garage should be taken on as a chance for new, long-term opportunities. Begnaud said a mixed-use option may be the part of the future plan.

New Public Parking Garage Opens Downtown
January 7, 2019
Downtown Missoula just got 139 new, sorely needed public parking spots as business growth and new construction eat up more slots.

Hundreds of Airport Parking Stalls Restricted During New HDOT 'Green' Project
January 6, 2019
Hawai'i Department of Transportation will start work to install nearly 3,000 solar panels at the Terminal 2 parking garage temporarily restricting hundreds of parking stalls.

Would You Believe Unused Parking Spots Exist In Cherry Creek? The City’s Selling 200 To Make Way For Luxury Homes And A “European Plaza”
January 3, 2019
In 2002, Denver bought 198 parking stalls at the garage next to Whole Foods in Cherry Creek for $4.7 million and leased them to area workers. At their peak, the spots were only 70 percent full. Now the city is flipping them for $6 million in anticipation of the garage’s demise. The Denver City Council approved the transaction Wednesday.

Ferndale Sets Groundbreaking For Mixed-Use Parking Development In The New Year
December 31, 2018
After years of work, Ferndale (Mich.) is getting ready to finally see ground broken to build its first public downtown parking deck with office space on top, residential units on one side and commercial spaces at ground level.

Analyst Angle: Smart Cities Should Use Public/Private Partnerships to Deploy Smart Cities
January 17, 2019
While there are many studies showing the economic impact of excellent mobile coverage, and the operational efficiencies of smart cities applications, cities are still faced with the reality of how to pay for smart city networks, and how to operate these networks on an on-going basis. One way to help solve this dilemma is to engage with network developers on public-private partnerships.

Lawrenceville Planning Partnership With Hilton For Hotel/Parking Deck
January 11, 2019
The Lawrenceville City Council has voted to give the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority permission to complete negotiations with Hilton for a full-service Hilton Tapestry boutique hotel and 380-space parking deck. The public-private partnership will include 120 hotel rooms, retail space, and 5,000-square-feet of conference center space.

Gregg County Plans Parking Facility Using Reserve Funds
January 21, 2019
Gregg County (Texas) officials are moving forward with a courthouse parking facility project paid for from an almost $50 million reserve fund.

Plan For Salt Lake City To Pay For The Parking Garage At A Huge Downtown Development Hits A Snag
January 17, 2019
Salt Lake City has agreed to help provide millions of dollars in tax money for an underground parking garage as part a massive development of apartment towers, hotels and and office space on downtown’s Block 67, just west of the Salt Palace Convention Center. But that scenario has hit a major obstacle. The same mechanism the city was exploring to fund the underground parking structure — creating a new taxing district — now appears to conflict with a similar plan deployed years ago to pay for the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater on Main Street.

Client Alert: New IRS Guidance Addresses the Tax Cost of Providing Parking to Employees, Even for Tax-Exempt Employers
January 2, 2019
As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (12/22/2017), an employer that provides parking to its employees may have a higher tax bill, even if the employer is a tax-exempt organization. Starting in 2018, an employer is no longer able to deduct the expense associated with “any parking” provided to employees on or near the workplace.

Texas Southern Baptists, ERLC Call For Repeal Of Parking Tax
December 20, 2018
Southern Baptist leaders in Texas have joined the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) in calling for a repeal of the parking and transportation tax on non-profit organizations, including houses of worship found in the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017.

Smart Solutions Needed To Connect The Smart Cities Of The Future
January 18, 2019
Population shifts are moving more people into the world's cities. According to John Peracchio, general manager of mobility solutions and strategy for Conduent Transportation, more than 70% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. With that comes a host of problems, including how to move people and goods around.

Analyst Angle: Smart Cities Should Use Public/Private Partnerships to Deploy Smart Cities
January 17, 2019
While there are many studies showing the economic impact of excellent mobile coverage, and the operational efficiencies of smart cities applications, cities are still faced with the reality of how to pay for smart city networks, and how to operate these networks on an on-going basis. One way to help solve this dilemma is to engage with network developers on public-private partnerships.

Smart Cities Need Better Traffic Data, Rideshare Drivers Could Help
January 17, 2019
Most cities have endless traffic jams and never get it right. A few cities, however, are attempting to use data to alleviate the problem. Firefly, for example, is a seemingly straightforward technology company that puts more money into Uber drivers’ pockets with a first of its kind network of “situationally aware” digital smart screens that generate vital data for cities. Data, collected from the hundreds of thousands of miles of Uber rides, gives traffic signals and urban engineers real time information.

Downtown Gets Free 1GB Wi-Fi; 'Smart Parking' Next
January 16, 2019
Montgomery (Ala.) has launched free 1-gigabyte Wi-Fi through the central part of downtown, and bigger changes are on the way. Plans include street cameras, an upgraded fiber network, 22,000 new LED lights and “smart parking” through an app, all part of a wider effort to create a “Smart City Living Lab” in the heart of the city.

StreetLight Data Releases Tool To Measure Bike, Pedestrian Traffic
January 14, 2019
Mobility analytics firm StreetLight Data Inc. is debuting an analytics capability to measure bicycle and pedestrian traffic alongside vehicle traffic at any intersection. The new feature is available in the Multi Mode subscription to the StreetLight InSight platform.

Iteris and Cisco Partner to Deliver Smart City Connected Roadway Solutions
January 14, 2019
Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, today announced a strategic partnership with Cisco that will promote Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution through several initiatives between the two companies. Iteris’ integration with Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution will produce insights that highlight the advantages video detection and advanced networking can have on a city’s transportation system.

Smart Cities Are Not Built by Smart Gadgets; Smart Communities Build Them
January 10, 2019
Collaboration and horizontal thinking are required to take our cities into the future, concludes CES panel.

Could 5G Close The Digital Divide Between Urban And Rural Communities?
January 7, 2019
5G access could help rural economies grow and add more high-tech jobs, but the cost and return on investment of installing infrastructure is a major barrier.

Smart Cities In 2018: Tech, Transportation And Tough Conversations
December 30, 2018
Below are our most popular posts on SmartCitiesWorld in 2018, highlighting smart city priority areas such as transportation, governance and partnerships.

11% of Global Parking Spaces Now ‘Smart’
December 27, 2018
Smart parking solutions make parking spaces easier to find but the real value is in the data, analysts say.

How Robotic Parking Systems Enable Urban Architecture
January 21, 2019
Saving space, reducing costs and a pleasant user experience – parking doesn’t get much better than this. Cityscapes around the world are changing, architects face the constant challenge of integrating parking space into new or existing real estate in densely built-up urban environments.

Alpark Invited to Annual World Bank Conference on Transport, Leading Global Smart Parking 5.0
January 20, 2019
As China's largest smart parking operation service platform and the only AI innovative application enterprise in China's static transportation industry, Alpark was invited to attend the 16th Annual World Transport Convention organized by the World Bank in its headquarters in Washington.

Smart Cities Need Better Traffic Data, Rideshare Drivers Could Help
January 17, 2019
Most cities have endless traffic jams and never get it right. A few cities, however, are attempting to use data to alleviate the problem. Firefly, for example, is a seemingly straightforward technology company that puts more money into Uber drivers’ pockets with a first of its kind network of “situationally aware” digital smart screens that generate vital data for cities. Data, collected from the hundreds of thousands of miles of Uber rides, gives traffic signals and urban engineers real time information.

Downtown Gets Free 1GB Wi-Fi; 'Smart Parking' Next
January 16, 2019
Montgomery (Ala.) has launched free 1-gigabyte Wi-Fi through the central part of downtown, and bigger changes are on the way. Plans include street cameras, an upgraded fiber network, 22,000 new LED lights and “smart parking” through an app, all part of a wider effort to create a “Smart City Living Lab” in the heart of the city.

Smart Parking Meters Could Cut Down On Unpaid Tickets
January 15, 2019
At the Rapid City (S.D.) administration building 3,800 tickets are left unpaid, all from 2015. Whether its from tourists, locals or college students, city accountants are asking the legal and finance committee on Wednesday to clear these debts. To try and lessen the amount of unpaid parking tickets, city officials brought in various smart meters for a trial. These meters allow you to pay with coins or credit cards. You can even pay your ticket online.

Grand Rapids Partners with Flowbird to Expand City’s Mobility and Transportation
January 14, 2019
The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has partnered with Flowbird Group, a global supplier of urban mobility solutions, to undergo a large expansion of smart parking kiosks within the fast-growing community. Upon completion, the City will utilize over 700 Flowbird Strada Pay Stations integrated with mobile phone payment and enforcement solutions.

This New IDOT System Will Help Iowa Truck Drivers Find Parking Across the State
January 13, 2019
Known as Trucks Park Here, a hi-tech system by the Idaho Department of Transportation will gather real-time data collected at dozens of state-run rest areas and private truck stops to alert commercial drivers to parking spaces available along Interstate 80 and portions of I-380, I-35 and I-29.

Say Goodbye to Parking Tickets With This New Software from a Braddock Startup
January 11, 2019
Imagine parking along a local street, turning off your car and getting out without worrying about how long you'll be there and paying for parking. No, you're not risking a ticket — you'll be charged for the amount of time from when you turn the car off to when you turn it on again. That's the idea of "Pay-By-Vehicle," a new feature from Meter Feeder, a Braddock-based parking meter startup that already allows drivers to pay using their phones, giving municipalities a new option without the cost of new meters or kiosks.

First Diagonal Smart Parking Garage Debuts In China
January 11, 2019
Parking just got a little easier for some drivers in China with its new smart parking garage idea. A first of its kind, the diagonal smart parking garage is being described as a robotic valet.

Are We Really Ready For Flying Cars
January 10, 2019
Automotive and mobility experts took the stage during a panel discussion dubbed "The Flying Car" at CES 2019 to discuss where the "flying car" industry is headed, who is leading the industry and what challenges must be faced before flying cars become a reality.

Here Mobility Opens Up The Ridesharing Market With SoMo At CES 2019
January 9, 2019
If you’re looking to get a lift into the city or elsewhere, pinging an Uber or Lyft is probably your most likely course of action. But hang on before tapping that app, as there’s another option in town. Here Mobility has taken to CES 2019 to launch SoMo — short for “social mobility” — a ridesharing, all-in-one travel app that brings all your options together.

The University of California San Diego Awarded Park Assist the Parking Guidance System for its New Osler Parking Structure
January 8, 2019
The University of California San Diego awarded Park Assist the Parking Guidance System (PGS) for its new Osler Parking Structure. Over the next few years, UC San Diego will be expanding campus parking facilities and Osler is the first of three M4 system installations.

STEER Introduces Self-Parking Technology to Las Vegas
January 7, 2019
Set against the backdrop of CES 2019, the largest technology trade show in Vegas, STEER is taking its Level-4, highly autonomous and cyber-secure parking solution to Las Vegas at Downtown Summerlin. In Vegas, consumers will see through a microcosm of real-life scenarios how a STEER enabled car interacts with other cars, pedestrians, obstacles, and more while parking and summoning completely autonomously. Opening up the technology to Howard Hughes residents and retail customers highlights the corporation’s willingness to adapt and incorporate modern technology to attract savvy consumers with cutting-edge amenities at their locations.

ParkWhiz Rebrands as ArriveTM
January 7, 2019
ParkWhiz Inc. announced today that it is rebranding as ArriveTM Inc., capping its transformation into the leading provider of solutions for the last mile of connected mobility. Arrive’s fully integrated platform helps companies and brands easily offer parking and other mobility-related services to drivers, fleets and connected vehicles.

HERE Mobility Launches All-In-One Mobility App
January 7, 2019
HERE Mobility, a unit of German-owned HERE Technologies, launched SoMo, an app that combines aggregated transit and mobility information with a social aspect that allows users to choose who they travel with.

Could 5G Close The Digital Divide Between Urban And Rural Communities?
January 7, 2019
5G access could help rural economies grow and add more high-tech jobs, but the cost and return on investment of installing infrastructure is a major barrier.

Hyundai-Kia Presents Automated Valet Parking & Charging Concept
January 6, 2019
Hyundai and Kia jointly unveiled a concept of Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), which combines autonomous driving and wireless charging.

The FC Parking App: Parking Made Easy
January 1, 2019
The City of Fort Collins’ (Colo.) Old Town and Civic Center parking structures have new technology beginning Jan. 2, 2019. The app makes parking in old town easier, and predictable experience. The FC Parking app is available on the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store.

5 Profound Lessons In The Mobility Space In 2018
December 31, 2018
2018 was a very notable year in several ways, many of them unpleasant, but the highlights included a handful of important (and in a couple of cases, absolutely critical) insights about transportation technology. For anyone with a stake in how we move people and things about, these realizations were profound and opened the door to vastly more productive thought on the sector.

Hyundai Introduces Smart Self-Parking Tech
December 28, 2018
Hyundai Motor Group -- parent firm of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors -- on Dec. 28. unveiled a 3D graphic video of its Automated Valet Parking System, a next-generation concept of smart self-parking technology.

11% of Global Parking Spaces Now ‘Smart’
December 27, 2018
Smart parking solutions make parking spaces easier to find but the real value is in the data, analysts say.

SF Motors Patent Gives Sneak Peek At Self-Parking Tech That Works Anywhere, Anytime
December 23, 2018
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from this promising new electric mobility startup, and one of the reasons is that SF Motors has been quietly working on making parking your car more convenient and hassle free.

Pay-By-Phone Parking May Be Coming To Scarsdale
December 20, 2018
Parking in Scarsdale (N.Y.) may be about to get a little smarter – and easier – for motorists and shoppers, as the village plans to make use of a new mobile application that will simplify paying for parking.

Private Parking Operator Forgives Some EMU Student Tickets After Complaints
January 21, 2019
Eastern Michigan University’s third-party parking operator, LAZ Parking, has forgiven some tickets it issued during winter break after students recently complained the operator’s enforcement strategies were overly-stringent.

Texas A&M University Board Of Regents Approve New Parking Garage For Flagship Campus
January 18, 2019
A new parking garage is planned for the Texas A&M University flagship campus adjacent to the Emerging Technologies Building on University Drive, with the five-story structure planned to add 1,685 vehicle spaces next year.

Judge Delays Chester's Parking Meters From Widener
January 10, 2019
Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Barry Dozor granted Widener University an immediate temporary stay Wednesday, barring the city of Chester from installing parking meters in or around campus.

City Proposes Campus Parking Price Increase
January 10, 2019
The city of Eugene (Ore.) released a proposal that would raise parking prices around campus from $1.80 to $2 an hour. According to the proposal issued by Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz, the 11 percent increase would take effect on Feb. 1. The rest of the city would also receive a 15-cent raise, going from $1.20 to $1.35 an hour. Also potentially increasing are the various monthly parking passes available to community members living in the downtown or campus area.

The University of California San Diego Awarded Park Assist the Parking Guidance System for its New Osler Parking Structure
January 8, 2019
The University of California San Diego awarded Park Assist the Parking Guidance System (PGS) for its new Osler Parking Structure. Over the next few years, UC San Diego will be expanding campus parking facilities and Osler is the first of three M4 system installations.

Parking War Erupts Between Widener and Chester
January 3, 2019
Widener University has filed a complaint of trespass against the city of Chester (Pa.) and wants a preliminary injunction against the installation of parking meters on campus that it claims could cause more than $30 million in lost revenue if carried out.

Paid Parking Ban Turned Down By La Crosse Committee
January 3, 2019
While the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s proposal for a transitional housing facility on Farnam Street dominated the discussion at Wednesday’s La Crosse Plan Commission and Judiciary and Administrative Committee meetings, the two groups also tackled parking near two of the city’s college campuses and several redevelopment projects.

PSU AD Offers No Solutions For Beaver Stadium Parking Issues
December 31, 2018
Penn State football fans had to deal with significant weather-related parking lot closures during the 2018 regular season. The Centre Region has been hit with record rainfall this year, and that caused multiple grass lots around Beaver Stadium to be shut down for three games.

UTRGV Installs Parking Lot Count Signs Following Concerns Over Lack Of Spaces
December 20, 2018
Officials at the University of Texas of the Rio Grande Valley are trying to put a stop to parking congestion. The university installed new parking lot counts signs on some of their structures after many expressed concerns over the lack of parking spaces.

DU Leads the Way in Multimodal Transportation
December 20, 2018
In a 2017 mobility study led by Transportation Solutions, the city of Denver imagined the University of Denver light rail station as a multimodal transportation hub for the entire area, complete with plenty of options to get riders that last mile to their destinations. More than a year after the release of that report, the University has taken great strides toward bringing that vision to reality — and to meeting its own sustainability goals, outlined in its strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025.

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