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Hoboken (N.J.) to Roll Out Technology Upgrades for Municipal Parking Garages
August 7, 2020
Parking in Hoboken is getting a much-needed upgrade next week, as the City of Hoboken will begin the installation of technology in municipal garages. The new system is designed to create easier access to garages, facilitate account management for monthly users, and assist residents and visitors with live, real-time counts of available parking spaces.

Seashore Reverses Parking Plan at Head of the Meadow Beach in North Truro (Mass.)
August 7, 2020
National Park Service officials intend to shut off the federal parking lot to vehicles at Head of the Meadow Beach starting Aug. 8, Saturday, to help prevent crowding, according to Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom.

ParkMobile Brings a Mobile Parking Payment Option to St. Cloud, Minnesota
August 7, 2020
ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States, announced today a new partnership with the City of St. Cloud. The official launch date of this new partnership is Monday, August 10, 2020. The new mobile integration features the ability for residents and visitors to skip the meter and make contactless parking payments direct from their mobile device. The ParkMobile app will be available at more than 3,000 parking spaces throughout the City's downtown area, with more than 2,000 of these parking spaces situated in the parking ramps.

Parking Enforcement To Resume Monday In Lower Merion Township (Pa.)
August 7, 2020
Parking enforcement will resume in Lower Merion Township next week. According to the township, enforcement of meters, kiosks, permit parking lots and residential permit parking time limits will resume on Monday.

Indianola (Ind.) Square Parking Limit Changed
August 7, 2020
The Indianola City Council approved a full repeal of a three-hour parking limit on and around the downtown square at their most recent meeting, after approving a temporary suspension of enforcement of the policy in July.

City Says Goodbye to Outdated Parking Sensors With New ‘Pay to Play’ Plan (Clarksville, Tenn.)
August 6, 2020
The Clarksville Parking Commission has approved a downtown parking plan that maintains the current fee structure and sets a four-hour time limit at all on-street metered spaces.

New Daily Parking Program Means Goodbye to Stickers and Hang Tags for Many on Charles River Campus (Boston University)
August 5, 2020
BU faculty, staff, and commuter students on the Charles River Campus can say goodbye to the familiar green BU parking stickers and hang tags—if they choose. A new Daily Parking Program based on license-plate-reading cameras begins August 10 at all six gated lots and garages on that campus.

Republic Parking, LLC to Manage Downtown Casper (Wyo.) Parking Garage
August 5, 2020
Casper’s downtown parking garage will have new management. Casper City Council members approved a proposed contract Tuesday giving management duties to Denver-based Republic Parking, LLC.

Lost Revenue: COVID-19 Keeping Valley Parking Meters Empty (Sunbury, Pa.)
August 4, 2020
Some municipalities across the Valley are suffering in parking meter revenue due to COVID-19, according to officials. When COVID-19 hit in March and downtown businesses closed due to a statewide stay-at-home order, people stopped paying for parking because they weren’t visiting the shops, according to Sunbury Treasurer Kevin Troup.

Paid Parking to Start Back up at Montpelier (Vt.) Meters
August 3, 2020
Parking meters will be asking for payment again in Montpelier starting Monday. But here’s the catch, city leaders say they won’t actually be enforcing parking rules for another two weeks. We’re told that allows time for people to readjust and prepare for paid parking. City leaders are also moving forward with the app, Park Mobile.

City Opens 5th City Parking Garage to Allow Free Parking During Isaias Threat (Charleston, S.C.)
August 3, 2020
The city of Charleston says it will make a fifth city parking garage available for free parking through Tuesday morning.

COVID-19 Has Triggered Cleaner and Smarter Mobility in Cities
July 31, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted transport behaviour, and lockdowns have shown how much healthier city life could be without clogged streets, deafening noise and polluted air. According to the latest data from the AA, the traffic on Britain’s roads during the weeks in which lockdown measures were imposed was at a similar level to that seen in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Los Angeles Accelerates Efforts to Electrify Its Infamous Traffic
July 30, 2020
Electric buses are hitting Los Angeles streets. Low-income residents can access discounted electric car-sharing. And electric vehicle charging stations are multiplying. Those changes are part of Los Angeles’s effort to cut the number of gas-fueled vehicles from its streets.

Why the University of Alabama Wrote Fewer Parking Tickets in Recent Years
July 29, 2020
College campus parking is as much of a sport as anything Nick Saban coaches. There’s never an open spot; and is that a boot on your tire? The dozen or so in the parking ticket squad are perhaps the least popular members of the University of Alabama community, but they’re not quite as busy as they once were.

The High Cost of Free Parking in Coronado (Calif.)
July 28, 2020
“It’s not exactly free parking, but it’s darn close.” These were the words of city staff referring to the unanimous city council decision to remove parking meters from Orange Avenue. The city, in supporting this decision, laid out two main arguments. The first argument is that the parking meters were not functioning appropriately throughout the life of the contract. The second argument, and perhaps the more important, is that free or low cost parking is good for Coronado businesses and residents.

Drones Will Help Audi Get You Your Car Faster
July 28, 2020
Car enthusiasts very seldom think about the logistics of car manufacturing. Simple things like organizing the placement of finished cars at the factory can streamline production, make the process move more quickly and get you your car quicker. Audi is now going to be using drones to help it do just that.

LADOT Extends Relaxed Parking Enforcement Through Aug. 16
July 24, 2020
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will continue relaxed parking enforcement for several parking offenses through at least Aug. 16. Tickets will not be issued for the following.

Skidata Set to Transform the Parking Experience at Mineta San Jose International Airport with the Addition of State-of-the-Art Parking Technology
July 31, 2020
Skidata is about to transform the parking experience at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) with the addition of parking technology. The new frictionless parking suite will use an advanced parking access & revenue control system (PARCS), License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, and other parking management tools to allow travelers to enter parking facilities without stopping to pull a ticket, and exit without stopping to pay.

Parking Fees Waived at Capital Region International Airport
July 31, 2020
Flying out of Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport? There will be no need to shell out money at the gate. There will be no parking fees for both short and long-term parking lots.

Chattanooga Airport Breaks Ground on New Parking Garage
July 19, 2020
Representatives of the Chattanooga Airport and Hoar Construction have broken ground on the airport's $25 million, four-level and 1,300 space parking facility. "Our new parking facility will create an additional layer of convenience and accessibility for the thousands of travelers who choose to fly out of the Chattanooga Airport," said Terry Hart, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Airport.

Hyderabad Airport Introduces Contact-Less Car Parking Transactions
July 12, 2020
GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) has introduced contact-less car parking transactions in response to demand for safe, hygienic payments. It is the first such experience at an Indian airport, said the airport company. GHIAL has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) and banks to deliver the next phase of its FASTag car parking solution.

STEER Brings Automatic Parking to Non-Autonomous Cars
July 15, 2020
Per Digital Trends contributor Luke Dormehl, the technology comes in the form of a compact box. This computational module contains a mini-computer, which uses algorithms to make decisions and actuators to carry them out. It also has a high-precision GPS system and stereoscopic vision camera to improve the technology's reliability and accuracy.

Aftermarket Autonomy: This Magic Box Gives Your Car Self-Parking Abilities
July 11, 2020
Luke Dormehl writes: "Like a magician setting up a trick, Anuja Sonalker starts by making it clear that there is no hidden driver in her car's front or back seat. Next, she presses the phone camera up against the side window and waves it around until I reassure her that I'm satisfied. (As with so many tech demos here in 2020, this demonstration is carried out via Zoom, rather than in-person.)"

Malls Turn to Underused Parking Lots for New Revenue
July 31, 2020
Mall owners are finding ways to use their parking lots to generate revenue and give back to the community.

Planning Commission Addresses Downtown Parking Problems (Pagosa Springs, Calif.)
July 29, 2020
At a work session on July 14, the Pagosa Springs Planning Commission furthered its discussion on downtown parking and various ideas for the community. Planning commission member Chris Pitcher and former planning commission member Bill Hudson had previously worked on an outline with some parking considerations for the town, and one of those ideas touched on in-lieu fees.

More Parking Could Be Coming Downtown (Brunswick, N.J.)
July 29, 2020
Parking in downtown Brunswick close to some destinations can be a challenge during lunchtime and special events. City officials have grappled with the issue over the years, even trying parking meters once. It proved to be a bad idea.

Charleston (S.C.) City Councilman Proposing Idea to Eliminate Paid Parking on the Peninsula
July 28, 2020
You might not have to pay for parking much longer in downtown Charleston. That proposal went before Charleston City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting. While the decision was tabled for the night, City Council says they plan on facilitating further discussions about parking in the coming weeks. Councilman Harry Griffin is the one introducing the proposal in an effort to bring more people to the downtown area to promote business.

Workers Urged to Use Ramps in Downtown La Crosse (Wis.), Leave Street Parking to Customers
July 28, 2020
Get off the street, and get into the ramps. That’s the advice once again for people who work in downtown La Crosse. The city’s long-time parking consultant, Rich and Associates, repeats the frequent complaint that downtown workers are taking on-street parking away from potential customers.

Glendale (Calif.) Galleria Begins Parking Garage Dining
July 27, 2020
In an effort to meet the needs of shoppers and give restaurant owners a boost, the Glendale Galleria has begun a unique new service: parking garage dining.

Boca Raton (Fla.) Looking to Add More Parking Meters
July 24, 2020
Stacey Bradley isn't happy to hear that the city of Boca Raton is in the process of implementing its second parking meter zone in town. "That's not fair," she said. "It makes going out and spending money and keeping the businesses, it makes it harder, because now you have to pay for parking."

Erlanger Resumes Valet Parking At Medical Mall And Cancer Center (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
July 23, 2020
Erlanger Health System announces valet parking at the Erlanger Medical Mall and Erlanger Cancer Center at Baroness Hospital will resume on Monday at 6 a.m. These two locations will join the previously reopened Surgical Services valet at the downtown location.

Parking Lots Could Be Converted to Dining Areas at Houston (Texas) Restaurants
July 23, 2020
Restaurants in Houston, currently limited by 50% indoor capacity limits, may soon be able to serve diners in parking lots to accommodate more guests. Pending a vote by the Houston City Council, a "More Spaces" plan developed by Houston's Chief Transportation Officer David Fields would allow restaurants to convert 50% of off-street parking spots to dining spaces.

Free Parking Coming to Rehoboth (Del.) on Monday Evenings
July 22, 2020
Rehoboth Beach commissioners have approved free parking on Monday evenings to draw local visitors into town. We’re told parking will be free from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting July 27th, and continuing through at least August 31st. Officials say the goal for ‘Meterless Mondays’ is to help local businesses struggling with lost revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grosse Pointe City (Mich.) Waives Second Quarter Parking Fees
July 21, 2020
Grosse Pointe City officials are taking a number of steps to help businesses in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a June 15 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting on Zoom, the council voted unanimously in favor of a recommendation from administrators to extend second quarter parking fees paid by businesses and their employees into the third quarter.

City of Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Works to Increase Parking Downtown, Before Displacement of Spots
July 20, 2020
The City of Plattsburgh is working to replace parking that's being lost in downtown revitalization initiative plans, and some are worried redevelopment of the Durkee Street lot will hurt business.

Bill That Would Increase Truck Parking Gaining Bipartisan Support
July 17, 2020
A bill, proposed by a U.S. Representative and former truck driver, would create more truck parking. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, is a former truck driver. He understands the need for more truck parking. “The lack of truck parking is a well-known problem,” Bost said. He, along with U.S. Rep Angie Craig, D-Minnesota, introduced a bill in March, the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, House Resolution 6104, that would provide funding for national projects to improve and expand truck parking.

Laguna Beach (Calif.) to Adopt Ordinance to Amend Business Permitting, Parking Requirements in Downtown Specific Plan
July 17, 2020
The Laguna Beach City Council will consider relaxing business permitting and parking requirements in the Downtown Specific Plan, a document that guides the growth, design and development standards of downtown Laguna Beach.

dexFreight Collaborates with TruckPark to Celebrate 'Driver Heroes,' Provide Safe Parking Solutions
July 8, 2020
Helping professional drivers safely and efficiently transport freight throughout the nation is the goal of both dexFreight and TruckPark. To that end, the two companies have announced a collaboration to keep truck drivers informed as well as to make it easier to find secure parking. dexFreight, a Florida-based blockchain-based logistics platform, and Chicago-based TruckPark, a fast-growing truck-parking service, are working together to produce a new, informative, driver-focused podcast.

Valet Operators Develop New Revenue Streams in Hospitality and Retail
July 6, 2020
Software developer TEZ launched TEXT4BAGS, a module for SMS Valet that opens up a valuable new service opportunity and revenue stream for operators managing parking at hotels, malls, residential and mixed-use projects post-pandemic. The domino effect of restaurant chains and retailers filing bankruptcy has been extreme: valet businesses saw the same impact expected during a natural disaster. But valet parking operators are resilient.

Parking Tax Troublesome for Downtown Salem (Ore.) Businesses Struggling During COVID-19
July 10, 2020
After facing shutdowns, accumulating bills and a sharp decline in customer traffic, downtown businesses are starting to protest the City of Salem's annual parking district tax. The bills can total hundreds of dollars and are dependent on square footage and a business's hours of operations.

Downtown Disney Parking Lots Close Prior to District Opening (Calif.)
July 9, 2020
This morning, July 9th, Downtown Disney in California reopens. Being able to browse the Disneyland Resort shopping district is something Disney fans have been looking forward to since the closure of the Disney Park in March of 2020. But Guests arriving at the Disney area were paused in their car lines (some were turned away) as apparent overcrowding was occurring even before the shopping district opened for business.

Inspiring Minds in Warren (Ohio) Asks for More Parking Space for Students, Staff
July 8, 2020
An after-school and summer enrichment program in Warren needs more room for parking. Inspiring Minds serves an average of 300 students in grades 3 through 12 each year. Three years ago, it bought the building that borders a county-owned parking lot on Panther Ave. SE. Currently, there are not a lot of places for students and staff members to park, let alone visit during special events.

Edgartown (Mass.) Designates Curbside Pickup Parking Spots
July 7, 2020
Edgartown is helping give a boost to its restaurants with specially designated curbside pickup parking spots. The spots will have a five-minute time limit that Edgartown police are asking all those utilizing them to honor out of respect to the businesses.

Patriots Offering Free Parking for 2020 Season
July 6, 2020
The New England Patriots will offer free parking for homes games at Gillette Stadium during the 2020 season, the club announced Monday.

Oakmont (Pa.) Officials Keep Business District Parking Restrictions in Place
July 6, 2020
Oakmont officials announced the borough’s three-hour parking restriction along Allegheny River Boulevard will remain and will be enforced. The issue came up at a July 6 workshop in response to social media chatter about borough police ticketing employees and owners near their shops in the business district.

Walmart Is Transforming 160 of Its Parking Lots Into Drive-In Theaters
July 2, 2020
Two of the most classic pieces of Americana are coming together this summer: drive-in theaters and Walmart. Beginning in August, the retailer is converting 160 of its US store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters. As the pandemic continues, drive-in theaters have been making a comeback as a safe alternative to the traditional movie theaters that remain closed in much of the country.

Free Take-Out Parking at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Businesses Extended
July 2, 2020
The city has extended free-parking zones for pickup and drop off at businesses through the end of July. The city recently announced it would resume enforcement July 6 of metered and pay-station parking downtown and in neighborhood business districts.

Parking Study Released for New Cornell Complex in Downtown Joplin (Mo.), Some Feel, There Aren’t Enough Spaces
July 1, 2020
Connect2Culture has released the results of a parking study for the Harry M. Cornell Complex coming to Joplin. They say it shows there is ample parking near their future facility. However, at least one downtown business owner says he’s worried there isn’t enough space.

COVID-19 Has Triggered Cleaner and Smarter Mobility in Cities
July 31, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted transport behaviour, and lockdowns have shown how much healthier city life could be without clogged streets, deafening noise and polluted air. According to the latest data from the AA, the traffic on Britain’s roads during the weeks in which lockdown measures were imposed was at a similar level to that seen in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Congestion Pricing Review Ongoing: Feds (New York)
July 23, 2020
When it was passed in the state budget in spring 2019, congestion pricing was considered an innovative way to alleviate traffic in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan and reduce pollution — and to raise about $1 billion in cash annually for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority beginning in 2021.

Video: This Traffic Solution is Gaining Traction in the US and Washington Region
July 12, 2020
The possibility of implementing decongestion pricing, a toll levied on motor vehicles entering the busiest parts of a city, continues to gain momentum in the United States. Manhattan now plans to roll out its ambitious plan to charge privately-owned vehicle drivers a flat fee to any car entering below 60th Street. If successful, it has the potential to raise billions of dollars to improve the MTA subway and reduce congestion within the city's core.

It's Time to Try Congestion Pricing in L.A.
July 2, 2020
During the COVID-19 lockdowns that have kept millions of people at home, drivers in Los Angeles and other big cities experienced something miraculous: free-flowing freeway traffic at all hours. But if a lingering fear of coronavirus contagion keeps former transit riders off buses and trains after the pandemic passes, traffic congestion may end up even worse than before the pandemic. Can we avoid that future?

Lost Revenue: COVID-19 Keeping Valley Parking Meters Empty (Sunbury, Pa.)
August 4, 2020
Some municipalities across the Valley are suffering in parking meter revenue due to COVID-19, according to officials. When COVID-19 hit in March and downtown businesses closed due to a statewide stay-at-home order, people stopped paying for parking because they weren’t visiting the shops, according to Sunbury Treasurer Kevin Troup.

Malls Turn to Underused Parking Lots for New Revenue
July 31, 2020
Mall owners are finding ways to use their parking lots to generate revenue and give back to the community.

RI Reduces Parking at Misquamicut, Scarborough State Beaches
July 15, 2020
Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that parking capacity will be severely cut back at two state beaches in response to crowding. She said parking will be reduced to 25% of capacity at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly and Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett starting Thursday.

No-Contact Pay Is on the Rise Thanks to Near-Field Communication Technology
July 4, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, workplaces around the world are making purposeful changes to keep people healthy. As part of this effort, companies are increasingly gravitating toward contactless payments to minimize contact with potentially contaminated cards and card readers. Contactless payments are made possible mainly through near-field communication (NFC) or radio frequency identification (RFID) payments.

5 Changes on the Horizon for Parking Facilities
July 2, 2020
Almost overnight, COVID-19 turned the parking industry on its head. From airports to urban centers, thousands of garages and lots were nearly empty or completely closed. Shuttle services were suspended or reduced, and parking operators are wondering how to prepare for the future when there's no real precedent for the situation we're facing. But it won't be like this forever.

Los Angeles Accelerates Efforts to Electrify Its Infamous Traffic
July 30, 2020
Electric buses are hitting Los Angeles streets. Low-income residents can access discounted electric car-sharing. And electric vehicle charging stations are multiplying. Those changes are part of Los Angeles’s effort to cut the number of gas-fueled vehicles from its streets.

Nissan Accepting Electricity as Payment for Parking
July 31, 2020
Nissan is giving customers yet another reason to love their electric cars: the ability to pay for parking with electricity. In a global first, electric vehicle drivers will be able to discharge power from their car’s battery pack to pay for parking while visiting the Nissan Pavilion exhibition space in Yokohama.

Tripler Hospital Parking Could Finally Be Getting Some Help (Hawaii)
July 30, 2020
For years military service members and veterans have complained about a lack of parking at Tripler Army Medical center. Now, some in Congress want the Army to do something about it. Hawaii Congressman Ed Case pushed for a provision in the fiscal year 2021 funding bill for military construction and veteran affairs that directs the Army to address parking shortfalls at the facility. The bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month and is being considered by the Senate.

Park Assist Chosen to Elevate Parking at Saint Louis University Hospital
July 24, 2020
Park Assist has been selected by Alberici Healthcare and SSM Health to install its M4 and S1 Parking Guidance Systems (PGS) at Saint Louis University Hospital's new medical campus. This new healthcare facility is an 800,000-square-foot hospital and outpatient care center built to incorporate patient-centered design while providing exceptional care and improving the patient experience.

Erlanger Resumes Valet Parking At Medical Mall And Cancer Center (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
July 23, 2020
Erlanger Health System announces valet parking at the Erlanger Medical Mall and Erlanger Cancer Center at Baroness Hospital will resume on Monday at 6 a.m. These two locations will join the previously reopened Surgical Services valet at the downtown location.

Zhenxing Park Chooses Parkxper's Camera-Based PGS to Optimize Parking Facility
July 21, 2020
Located in Beitou District of Taipei City, Zhenxing Park is a popular playground for kids during the weekend. It is beside two hospitals and Tianmu Creative Market, making this park very crowded on sunny days. Zhenxing Park underground parking garage has 213 spaces for cars and 102 spaces for motorcycles. A busy parking lot like this will always benefit from a parking guidance system to speed up the parking process.

University of York to Pay for Residents’ Parking Zone – After Years of Complaints (England)
July 17, 2020
A new residents’ parking zone is set to be rolled out – and paid for by the University of York. Residents living in Badger Hill and streets near the university have complained that staff and students are parking on their roads – leaving them with no space to park their own cars. After several years of negotiation the university has agreed to pay for a new residents’ parking zone to be installed, the issuing of permits and fund an enforcement hotline.

Hyderabad Airport Introduces Contact-Less Car Parking Transactions
July 12, 2020
GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) has introduced contact-less car parking transactions in response to demand for safe, hygienic payments. It is the first such experience at an Indian airport, said the airport company. GHIAL has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) and banks to deliver the next phase of its FASTag car parking solution.

City Of London To Convert Car Parking Bays Into Bicycle Corrals
July 10, 2020
The City of London Corporation—which administers London’s financial district—is moving at pace to make the Square Mile more people friendly. In addition to a growing number of pop-up cycleways and widened sidewalks installed during the first phase of the Corporation’s pandemic transport plan there will be further measures to discourage motor vehicle use, including replacing car parking bays with corrals for securing bicycles.

Toronto to Start Restricting Parking at Beaches to Prevent Parties and Crowding
July 10, 2020
The City of Toronto is stepping up enforcement and will now restrict weekend evening parking following an increase in partying, crowding and a lack of social distancing at many of the city's beaches.

dexFreight Collaborates with TruckPark to Celebrate 'Driver Heroes,' Provide Safe Parking Solutions
July 8, 2020
Helping professional drivers safely and efficiently transport freight throughout the nation is the goal of both dexFreight and TruckPark. To that end, the two companies have announced a collaboration to keep truck drivers informed as well as to make it easier to find secure parking. dexFreight, a Florida-based blockchain-based logistics platform, and Chicago-based TruckPark, a fast-growing truck-parking service, are working together to produce a new, informative, driver-focused podcast.

Smart Parking Completes a Cutting Edge Smart City Project with Doma Group
July 2, 2020
Doma Group is a Canberra-based property development firm that has been a heavyweight in the Australian property industry for over 46 years. Focusing mainly on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), they operate in all sectors including multi-unit residential apartments, commercial offices, hotels, retail and car parks. Smart Parking was awarded the contract to provide car park monitoring systems in a new development that encompasses apartments, restaurants, shops, a childcare facility and an office building to house ACT public servants, as well as a zone of shops and cafes.

City Says Goodbye to Outdated Parking Sensors With New ‘Pay to Play’ Plan (Clarksville, Tenn.)
August 6, 2020
The Clarksville Parking Commission has approved a downtown parking plan that maintains the current fee structure and sets a four-hour time limit at all on-street metered spaces.

Paid Parking to Start Back up at Montpelier (Vt.) Meters
August 3, 2020
Parking meters will be asking for payment again in Montpelier starting Monday. But here’s the catch, city leaders say they won’t actually be enforcing parking rules for another two weeks. We’re told that allows time for people to readjust and prepare for paid parking. City leaders are also moving forward with the app, Park Mobile.

Planning Commission Addresses Downtown Parking Problems (Pagosa Springs, Calif.)
July 29, 2020
At a work session on July 14, the Pagosa Springs Planning Commission furthered its discussion on downtown parking and various ideas for the community. Planning commission member Chris Pitcher and former planning commission member Bill Hudson had previously worked on an outline with some parking considerations for the town, and one of those ideas touched on in-lieu fees.

Isle of Palms (S.C.) City Council Discussing Further Changes to Parking, Considering Additional Paid Parking
July 28, 2020
Isle of palms leaders are considering permanently changing parking policies. This comes after city council voted to significantly reduce the amount of beach access parking less than two weeks ago.

Clash Over Parking Operations at Center of St. Louis (Mo.) Treasurer’s Race
July 28, 2020
Starting on Wednesday, July 29, the City of Kirkland will be closing the parking lot and pier at Houghton Beach Park and the pier at David Brink Park. These closures are to help address the frequent large gatherings that have been occurring at these locations in violation of state health directives.

Authority Selects Firm to Replace Parking Equipment (Winchester, Va.)
July 24, 2020
In its first meeting since March, the city’s Parking Authority agreed on Thursday to pay $500,000 for the replacement and installation of new automated equipment at the entrances and exits to its four downtown garages. “It’s way past time for these things to be replaced,” Winchester Facilities Maintenance and Parking Division Manager Corey MacKnight said.

Coronado (Calif.) to Ditch Parking Meters
July 23, 2020
Coronado plans to make parking free along Orange Avenue by eliminating all parking meters next year. However, the city will still have a two-hour time limit on parking along its main corridor. Recently, the City Council unanimously approved a plan that would replace the meters with license plate reader technology by January 2021.

Reverse-Angle Parking to Begin on East Main Street in Troy (Ohio)
July 23, 2020
Troy Street Department will convert parking along two blocks of East Main Street to reverse-angle parking on July 26 as part of this summer’s reverse-angle pilot parking study.

Tybee Island (Ga.) Offers Transferable Parking Decals
July 21, 2020
Tybee Island Parking Services is now offering yearly decals that can be used in multiple vehicles. The decals will be available at $300 each. They must be displayed on the dashboard, and can only be on one car at a time.

Wallingford (Conn.) Officials Scrutinize Downtown Parking Lots
July 9, 2020
Stepping over weeds growing from pavement cracks and around vehicles disabled with flat tires, several town officials surveyed two downtown municipal parking lots this week. They’re considering creating new rules aimed at discouraging long-term parking.

San Marcos (Texas) City Council Members Approve Resolution to Create River Parking District
July 8, 2020
San Marcos City Council members approved a resolution supporting the creation of a River Benefit Parking District with the implementation of paid parking at a July 7 meeting. The resolution is an introduction to the concept of creating a Parking Benefit District with parking resources near the San Marcos River with consideration for free or low-cost parking for residents.

City Council Looking At Additional Parking Options (Butler, Pa.)
July 8, 2020
Butler City Council is continuing to explore options when it comes to improving parking services in the city.

Iowa City (Iowa) Parking Permit and Agreement Holders to Receive Refund Credit
July 7, 2020
Iowa City parking permit holders and those with parking agreements will receive refund credit from a total of over $250,000 for the time period that hourly facility parking fees were suspended to the general public.

U.S. Postal Service, City Hall Reach Deal to Share Parking Space in Downtown Sioux Falls (S.D.)
July 7, 2020
The U.S. Postal Service needs more parking in downtown Sioux Falls and has a hatched a deal with City Hall to get it. Mayor Paul TenHaken's administration is bringing a lease agreement before the Sioux Falls City Council that would set aside an entire public parking lot next door to the USPS downtown headquarters for the next decade.

School Board Approves Abatement Bond for Parking Lot Project (Caledonia, Minn.)
July 1, 2020
The Caledonia School Board approved an abatement bond at its regular meeting on Monday, June 22. The abatement bond allows the district to finance the cost of the parking lot project. After moving ahead with work on the middle school/high school parking lot, board members looked at how much the project will impact taxpayers, as presented by Ehlers Public Finance Advisors.

Street Parking Stays Free (Northampton, Mass.)
July 1, 2020
Parking downtown will continue to be free in July, “in order to continue to support economic recovery,” a recent statement from the mayor’s office said.

Seashore Reverses Parking Plan at Head of the Meadow Beach in North Truro (Mass.)
August 7, 2020
National Park Service officials intend to shut off the federal parking lot to vehicles at Head of the Meadow Beach starting Aug. 8, Saturday, to help prevent crowding, according to Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom.

Green Bay to Consider Changes to Game-Day Parking
August 7, 2020
The city of Green Bay is considering changes to its game-day parking ordinances for the area near Lambeau Field. One proposal is about camping, the other about general parking. In terms of camping, the proposal would allow limited overnight camping in areas zoned commercial and industrial.

Parking Enforcement To Resume Monday In Lower Merion Township (Pa.)
August 7, 2020
Parking enforcement will resume in Lower Merion Township next week. According to the township, enforcement of meters, kiosks, permit parking lots and residential permit parking time limits will resume on Monday.

Nearly 10 Years of Downtown Memphis (Tenn.) Parking Tickets Might Be Invalid
August 3, 2020
Nearly a decade’s worth of parking tickets issued in downtown Memphis might be invalid after a court’s ruling. The tickets weren’t given by police officers. They were written by employees with the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Parking Enforcement Throughout Pasadena (Calif.) Could be Back on Track Soon
July 29, 2020
Without making a formal recommendation, the Pasadena City Council Municipal Services Committee nonetheless unanimously agreed to send a proposal to resume various City parking restrictions and enforcement to the City Council.

Selectmen Boost Parking Fines (Wareham, Mass.)
July 29, 2020
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its Tuesday night meeting to increase the fines for all parking infractions. Most of the fines were increased from $30 to $50, but some were raised even higher.

Lift on Oak Park’s Overnight Parking Ban Extended Through September (Chicago, Ill.)
July 28, 2020
With the relaxation of its overnight parking ban due to expire, the Oak Park village board approved a plan to extend the easing of that restriction through the end of September. In relaxing the ban through the fall, village trustees also directed staff to prepare to hold public discussions about possibly amending future parking regulations.

LADOT Extends Relaxed Parking Enforcement Through Aug. 16
July 24, 2020
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will continue relaxed parking enforcement for several parking offenses through at least Aug. 16. Tickets will not be issued for the following.

Parking Tickets Covered By Eighth Amendment’s Ban On Excessive Fines, Federal Court Rules
July 23, 2020
In a decision that managed to cite both La La Land and Magna Carta, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that parking tickets and fees must comply with the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “excessive fines.” Although the ruling is only a partial victory for the Angeleno drivers in this case, it nevertheless clears a path for others to challenge municipal fines as unconstitutional.

City Amends Handicapped Parking Violation Fine (Gillette, Wyo.)
July 23, 2020
If you park illegally in a handicapped parking space in Gillette, it will cost you more now. The Gillette City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve amending the city code to revise parking fines and offenses.

Seeing Orange: Narragansett, South Kingstown See Sharp Increase in Parking Ticket Enforcement (R.I.)
July 23, 2020
Both Narragansett and South Kingstown spent the past week clamping down on illegal parking — and increasing penalties for doing so — in response to visitors denied spots at local beach lots, which have reduced their capacity to discourage large crowds.

Plum Island Parking Lot Closed to Nonresidents Every Weekend Through Labor Day (Newburyport, Mass.)
July 22, 2020
Parking in a public lot near one of the North Shore's top summer destinations will be limited to residents only every weekend from now through Labor Day. Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday announced that the city will be implementing new parking restrictions and increased traffic management and enforcement of the Plum Island beaches and public areas in an effort to reduce overcrowding and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Parking to Resume on All Paid, Off-Street Parking (Oxford, Miss.)
July 22, 2020
Residents of Oxford have two more weeks left of free parking before the city goes back to regular metered parking in off-street parking areas. The Board of Aldermen approved the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission’s recommendation to turn parking meters and kiosks back on in the outer parking lots on Tuesday, July 21.

Parking Enforcement to Resume August 3rd in Downtown Salisbury (Md.)
July 21, 2020
The City of Salisbury has announced that normal parking enforcement in the Downtown area will resume on Monday, August 3rd. Starting August 3rd, vehicles parked illegally in both pay and permit parking spaces will be cited accordingly. Parking enforcement officers will be out the week prior, leaving friendly reminders on illegally parked vehicles.

Westerly (Conn.) Doubles Parking Fines to $150 in Beach Areas
July 19, 2020
Police Chief and acting Town Manager Shawn Lacey has announced the town has doubled its parking fines to $150 in some popular beach areas. The fines, which took effect Friday, come as capacity at Misquamicut State Beach has been reduced from 75 percent to 25 percent because of overcrowding and lack of social distancing. The reduction has made it difficult to find beach parking in Misquamicut, which only has handful of private lots open to the public. Some of those turned away are expected to look for parking on nearby side streets where parking is not allowed.

RI Reduces Parking at Misquamicut, Scarborough State Beaches
July 15, 2020
Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that parking capacity will be severely cut back at two state beaches in response to crowding. She said parking will be reduced to 25% of capacity at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly and Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett starting Thursday.

City Delays City Sticker, Parking Permit Enforcement for Two Weeks (Chicago, Ill.)
July 14, 2020
Enforcement of city sticker and residential permit parking requirements won’t kick in until Aug. 1 — a two-week extension meant to allow motorists extra time to come into compliance. The extension also comes as the city tries to keep up with a surge in city sticker and parking permit demand, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said Tuesday.

San Diego Extends Parking Enforcement Warning Period Until Aug. 1
July 14, 2020
The City of San Diego announced Tuesday that the "warning period" for parking reinforcement, which had been scheduled to end Wednesday, will be extended through the end of the month.

Nevada Department of Transportation Adding Six "No Parking" Signs Along SR28 Near Incline Village
July 13, 2020
Roadside parking along SR28 south of Incline Village has been problematic for years. Several "no parking" areas have been created over several miles to keep cars off the road to improve safety. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced Monday they will add "no parking" signs to enhance traffic safety on a section of State Route 28 in southeastern Incline Village.

Toronto to Start Restricting Parking at Beaches to Prevent Parties and Crowding
July 10, 2020
The City of Toronto is stepping up enforcement and will now restrict weekend evening parking following an increase in partying, crowding and a lack of social distancing at many of the city's beaches.

Baltimore Will Resume Parking Meter Enforcement Next Week; New Devices Being Phased In
July 8, 2020
Baltimore will resume enforcement of all parking meters beginning Monday, city officials said Wednesday, the latest coronavirus-related measure to lift in the city. The move will come almost a month after the city entered Phase Two of its reopening plan, which allows indoor dining at 50% capacity, and as the city has continued to phase out nearly 300 older “pay and display” meters in favor of newer, electronic meters that do not require placing a receipt on the dashboard.

Officials Extend Relaxed Parking Rules in Los Angeles Until Aug. 1 Amid Coronavirus Surge
July 7, 2020
The Los Angeles City Council voted to extend relaxed parking enforcement as coronavirus cases rise, which means no tickets for cars parked during L.A.'s rush hour and anti-gridlock zones, or where street sweeping signs are posted. But some cities will ticket if cars are parked illegally.

Paid Parking Enforcement Resumes in Seattle July 13
July 7, 2020
On-street paid parking and parking enforcement will resume July 13, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced Tuesday. Paid parking and limited parking enforcement were suspended in April in response to Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Health" order. With King County's transition to Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan and more businesses reopening, "reliable access at the curb for customers is critical for recovery," SDOT posted.

Oakmont (Pa.) Officials Keep Business District Parking Restrictions in Place
July 6, 2020
Oakmont officials announced the borough’s three-hour parking restriction along Allegheny River Boulevard will remain and will be enforced. The issue came up at a July 6 workshop in response to social media chatter about borough police ticketing employees and owners near their shops in the business district.

Police Chief Discusses Use of Chalk in Parking Enforcement (Marietta, Ohio)
July 2, 2020
The use of chalk to monitor parking time limits is not unconstitutional, the Marietta police chief recently said. "What the district court ruled in the Saginaw (Mich.) case was that the way that city and department there used the tool was an unconstitutional search and their justifications weren't lawful, not that chalking as a mechanism for parking enforcement was a violation of the Fourth Amendment," Chief Rodney Hupp said.

Republic Parking, LLC to Manage Downtown Casper (Wyo.) Parking Garage
August 5, 2020
Casper’s downtown parking garage will have new management. Casper City Council members approved a proposed contract Tuesday giving management duties to Denver-based Republic Parking, LLC.

City Opens 5th City Parking Garage to Allow Free Parking During Isaias Threat (Charleston, S.C.)
August 3, 2020
The city of Charleston says it will make a fifth city parking garage available for free parking through Tuesday morning.

Nissan Accepting Electricity as Payment for Parking
July 31, 2020
Nissan is giving customers yet another reason to love their electric cars: the ability to pay for parking with electricity. In a global first, electric vehicle drivers will be able to discharge power from their car’s battery pack to pay for parking while visiting the Nissan Pavilion exhibition space in Yokohama.

Drones Will Help Audi Get You Your Car Faster
July 28, 2020
Car enthusiasts very seldom think about the logistics of car manufacturing. Simple things like organizing the placement of finished cars at the factory can streamline production, make the process move more quickly and get you your car quicker. Audi is now going to be using drones to help it do just that.

Changes Coming to Parking Fees at Boynton Beach (Fla.) Parks
July 28, 2020
Boynton Beach is moving ahead with a plan to install parking meters at two popular waterfront parks. City commissioners are expected to vote on a proposal to install parking meters and charge for the use of the boat ramps at Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park. The plan would also add parking meters at Oceanfront Park.

Artists Selected for Downtown Parking Garage Mural Project (Reading, Pa.)
July 28, 2020
The Berks Arts Council has announced 20 local artists Have been selected for the upcoming mural project, Art for Hope, Healing and Community Unity in the Public Realm. The search began in June, with the initiative seeking local artists, amateur to professional, to produce small murals that respond to and are inspired by the community today.

City Strikes Deal for Downtown Parking at New Police Precinct (Spokane, Wash.)
July 27, 2020
The new downtown police precinct on Riverside Avenue, announced earlier this year, was the culmination of clear consensus between Mayor Nadine Woodward and the Spokane City Council. What was less clear, until Monday, is where the new precinct’s officers would actually park.

How Micromobility Parking Can Create Healthier and Happier Streets
July 23, 2020
One of the largest headaches councils have faced since the wave of micromobility services entered their streets is where the respective vehicles should operate, as well as where they should be parked when they're not in use. As many UK cities implement e-scooters, or joint mobility solutions alongside bike share schemes, it's important to think about the physical and social infrastructure that can lead to healthier and happier streets.

San Luis Obispo (Calif.) County and City Partner With 40 Prado on Safe Parking Program for Homeless
July 22, 2020
Almost a month after San Luis Obispo County ended a program aimed at giving homeless individuals a safe place to park their cars, sleep, and shower during the coronavirus pandemic, a similar program is up and running. But the new safe parking program—an extension of an already existing project at 40 Prado Homeless Services Center—is geared toward a more specific demographic and won’t serve as many people as the county’s initial effort.

Op-Ed: Why 'Parklets' for Recreational Use Should Replace Some Parking Spaces
July 21, 2020
John J. Metro writes: "When it comes to reimagining urban streets, parking spots are often fiercely contested spaces. Drivers think they are absolutely necessary, but as the most common public space, this real estate is underutilized. In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, parking spaces are becoming a new demonstration of what constitutes public domain. Meet the 'parklets.'"

Springville (N.Y.) Volunteer Fire Company Receives Funding for Parking Lot, Sidewalk Replacement
July 21, 2020
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced new federal funding for a number of communities in upstate New York. The Springville Volunteer Fire Company is included in this. They’re receiving $54,900 in grants, as well as a $215,000 loan, to replace the parking lot and sidewalks. This money is part of $1.3 million that was allocated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hoboken (N.J.) Mayor Vetoes Bike Parking Ordinance, Saying the Details Are Lacking
July 20, 2020
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla vetoed an ordinance to create bicycle parking permits for city garages that the City Council passed 7-2, saying it was well-intentioned, but unspecific. The ordinance attempted to add a single sentence to a garage rates section of the municipal code: “Residents may park their bicycles in designated areas within any city garage, for an annual fee of $52.”

Deschutes County May Bar Street Parking Near Smith Rock; Park May Add Spaces (Bend, Ore.)
July 20, 2020
State parks staff on Monday proposed adding 25 to 50 parking spaces near Smith Rock State Park to alleviate overflow parking concerns by nearby Terrebonne residents, while Deschutes County commissioners said they may no longer allow parking along some busy nearby streets.

City of Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Works to Increase Parking Downtown, Before Displacement of Spots
July 20, 2020
The City of Plattsburgh is working to replace parking that's being lost in downtown revitalization initiative plans, and some are worried redevelopment of the Durkee Street lot will hurt business.

Bill That Would Increase Truck Parking Gaining Bipartisan Support
July 17, 2020
A bill, proposed by a U.S. Representative and former truck driver, would create more truck parking. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, is a former truck driver. He understands the need for more truck parking. “The lack of truck parking is a well-known problem,” Bost said. He, along with U.S. Rep Angie Craig, D-Minnesota, introduced a bill in March, the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, House Resolution 6104, that would provide funding for national projects to improve and expand truck parking.

Denver Coliseum Parking Lot ‘Under Serious Consideration’ as Sanctioned Camping Space for Homeless
July 17, 2020
The parking lot of the Denver Coliseum is “under serious consideration” as the site for the first “Safe Outdoor Space,” a sanctioned and managed camping space for people experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Michael Hancock’s chief of staff, Evan Dreyer, confirmed Thursday.

Mayor Madden Proposes Parking Ticket Amnesty Program (Troy, N.Y.)
July 17, 2020
Mayor Patrick Madden announced a proposal to offer a Parking Ticket Amnesty program for outstanding parking tickets issued by the city. The program is proposed to run beginning Aug. 1 through Sept. 15, and will offer a one-time reduction on open parking violations.

Parking 'Consultant,' Nashville-Based Premier, Will Handle Management for Clarksville (Tenn.) Parking
July 15, 2020
The City of Clarksville recently entered into a contract with a Nashville-based firm to update parking policies in downtown Clarksville as well as develop an app to replace the current meter system. While the company, Premier Parking, is listed as a consultant, its role also includes the management of key services such as fee collection. Downtown parking has been a contentious issue in the past.

Senate to Tackle Transportation with Borrowing, Not Taxes
July 12, 2020
The Senate will not take up a House-approved, half-billion-dollar package of transportation tax and fee increases this lawmaking session. Instead, they will focus attention on an omnibus borrowing bill that the Senate's Transportation Committee chairman believes can be fully funded without new revenues.

Downtown Disney Parking Lots Close Prior to District Opening (Calif.)
July 9, 2020
This morning, July 9th, Downtown Disney in California reopens. Being able to browse the Disneyland Resort shopping district is something Disney fans have been looking forward to since the closure of the Disney Park in March of 2020. But Guests arriving at the Disney area were paused in their car lines (some were turned away) as apparent overcrowding was occurring even before the shopping district opened for business.

Council of Governments Awarded Grant to Study Parking in Groton City, as Electric Boat Expands (Conn.)
July 9, 2020
As Electric Boat expands in the coming years, more workers will travel to the City of Groton each day, a trend anticipated to add pressure on available parking. The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments will begin next month a study that will provide recommendations on how to accommodate the parking demands associated with the increased employment, without degrading the quality of the neighborhood and economic development in the area, Deputy Director/Director of Special Projects Amanda Kennedy said.

New Deal Reached To Fix Laniakea Parking, Traffic And Safety Problems (Haleiwa, Hawaii)
July 9, 2020
Parties in a long-running lawsuit over Laniakea Beach say they’ve reached a deal to keep the parking there for better public access, while installing guardrails and crosswalks so that visitors might cross the road in a safer, more orderly fashion.

Bloomfield (N.J.) Launches Six Month Angled Parking Pilot Study
July 8, 2020
In an effort to make parking safer and increase the number of available spots, the township of Bloomfield has begun an angled parking pilot study. The study will last for six months and if successful, the angled spots will become permanent.

Ashwaubenon (Wis.) Approves Sidewalk, Parking Lot Improvements
July 7, 2020
The village board agreed Tuesday, June 23, to award a $517,908 sidewalk and parking lot improvement contract for this year to Vinton Construction.

City of East Lansing (Mich.) Hiring Parking Ambassadors
July 6, 2020
The city of East Lansing is hiring people to be parking ambassadors. In a post on its Facebook page, the city said anyone with the equivalent of a high school diploma and a valid Michigan driver’s license can apply. The job consists of overseeing city parking lots and meters in addition to monitoring the surveillance system, cameras and intercoms.

$60M Project to Bring Homes, Gardens, Free Parking to Westbrook (Maine)
July 6, 2020
A new development could bring in hundreds of parking spaces and 50 apartments to the center of downtown. Developers TDB LLC presented a roughly $60 million project to the City Council Monday that would turn the city-owned Mechanic Street parking lot into a four-story, 430-space free public garage with a 70,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse topped by apartments.

5 Changes on the Horizon for Parking Facilities
July 2, 2020
Almost overnight, COVID-19 turned the parking industry on its head. From airports to urban centers, thousands of garages and lots were nearly empty or completely closed. Shuttle services were suspended or reduced, and parking operators are wondering how to prepare for the future when there's no real precedent for the situation we're facing. But it won't be like this forever.

County Buys Building for Parking, Office Space (Springfield, Tenn.)
July 2, 2020
There has been an ongoing issue with parking for the Robertson County Juvenile Court and other officers at that location. With this purchase, addition parking can be made available as well as allow the county to plan in advance for future court and office space.

4 Things Every Sustainable Transportation Advocate Should Know About the INVEST Act
July 1, 2020
The House reportedly likely to vote on a major infrastructure bill soon — and if it passes, it will have big consequences for the future of sustainable transportation in the U.S. The Moving Forward Act is a massive, $1.5 trillion bill that will have sweeping implications for housing, climate change, water and land use in addition to a particularly large impact on the way we approve and fund transportation at the federal level.

Subway and Bus $65 Million 'Fair Fares' Reduction Deals Latest Blow to Transit System (New York City)
July 1, 2020
The pandemic had already wrecked the MTA's finances and indefinitely delayed plans to buy new trains and buses, install more elevators and upgrade signals — all with congestion pricing, a potential money-raiser, stuck in neutral. This week brought City Hall's $65 million anticipated reduction to the "Fair Fares" program that offers half-priced fares to low-income New Yorkers.

School Board Approves Abatement Bond for Parking Lot Project (Caledonia, Minn.)
July 1, 2020
The Caledonia School Board approved an abatement bond at its regular meeting on Monday, June 22. The abatement bond allows the district to finance the cost of the parking lot project. After moving ahead with work on the middle school/high school parking lot, board members looked at how much the project will impact taxpayers, as presented by Ehlers Public Finance Advisors.

Parking Study Released for New Cornell Complex in Downtown Joplin (Mo.), Some Feel, There Aren’t Enough Spaces
July 1, 2020
Connect2Culture has released the results of a parking study for the Harry M. Cornell Complex coming to Joplin. They say it shows there is ample parking near their future facility. However, at least one downtown business owner says he’s worried there isn’t enough space.

The High Cost of Free Parking in Coronado (Calif.)
July 28, 2020
“It’s not exactly free parking, but it’s darn close.” These were the words of city staff referring to the unanimous city council decision to remove parking meters from Orange Avenue. The city, in supporting this decision, laid out two main arguments. The first argument is that the parking meters were not functioning appropriately throughout the life of the contract. The second argument, and perhaps the more important, is that free or low cost parking is good for Coronado businesses and residents.

Selectmen Boost Parking Fines (Wareham, Mass.)
July 29, 2020
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its Tuesday night meeting to increase the fines for all parking infractions. Most of the fines were increased from $30 to $50, but some were raised even higher.

Charleston (S.C.) City Councilman Proposing Idea to Eliminate Paid Parking on the Peninsula
July 28, 2020
You might not have to pay for parking much longer in downtown Charleston. That proposal went before Charleston City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting. While the decision was tabled for the night, City Council says they plan on facilitating further discussions about parking in the coming weeks. Councilman Harry Griffin is the one introducing the proposal in an effort to bring more people to the downtown area to promote business.

Salt Lake City to Start Collecting Parking Fees Again
July 28, 2020
Free parking was nice while it lasted, but Salt Lake City will require motorists to start paying again in two weeks. The city had paused metered parking enforcement in March as part of its pandemic response. Officials now say businesses need parking fees and turnover to bring in more patrons.

Boca Raton (Fla.) Looking to Add More Parking Meters
July 24, 2020
Stacey Bradley isn't happy to hear that the city of Boca Raton is in the process of implementing its second parking meter zone in town. "That's not fair," she said. "It makes going out and spending money and keeping the businesses, it makes it harder, because now you have to pay for parking."

Revealed: The Cities with the World's Most Expensive Car Parking
July 23, 2020
London is the world's fourth most expensive place to park a car. That's according to a recently published Parking Price Index. The study looked at 65 cities to highlight the differences in the cost of parking around the world. Five parking locations were considered: airport, shopping district (car park), shopping district (street parking), stadium and city hall.

Metrocenter to Open up Parking Lot to the Public on Evenings and Weekends for Lower Fee (Binghamton, N.Y.)
July 23, 2020
A local developer is offering to assist with the parking crunch in downtown Binghamton. The Marchuska Companies, which recently purchased the MetroCenter, is opening up the mixed-use office building’s parking lot to the public on evenings and weekends. It has installed a new parking lot management system that only accepts credit cards.

Free Parking Coming to Rehoboth (Del.) on Monday Evenings
July 22, 2020
Rehoboth Beach commissioners have approved free parking on Monday evenings to draw local visitors into town. We’re told parking will be free from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting July 27th, and continuing through at least August 31st. Officials say the goal for ‘Meterless Mondays’ is to help local businesses struggling with lost revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Folly Beach (S.C.) Leaders Take First Step Toward Nearly Doubling Paid Parking Spots
July 14, 2020
Folly Beach leaders are looking at increasing revenue by nearly doubling the amount of paid parking spots in the community. On Tuesday night, City Council unanimously approved a proposal to create 451 new paid parking spaces. Right now, the community has around 530 of these spots.

Downtown Stamford (Conn.) Offers Free Parking in City-Operated Garages This Month
July 9, 2020
Residents have a new incentive to check out Downtown Stamford businesses this month -- no charge at any of the three garages operated by the city. Drivers will need the ParkMobile app and must use the promo code WearAMask. That gets you three hours of free parking.

San Marcos (Texas) City Council Members Approve Resolution to Create River Parking District
July 8, 2020
San Marcos City Council members approved a resolution supporting the creation of a River Benefit Parking District with the implementation of paid parking at a July 7 meeting. The resolution is an introduction to the concept of creating a Parking Benefit District with parking resources near the San Marcos River with consideration for free or low-cost parking for residents.

Free Parking Extended in Downtown Chico (Calif.) for the Forseeable Future Because of COVID-19
July 8, 2020
Free parking has been extended in downtown Chico for the foreseeable future because of COVID-19. The Chico City Council voted on Tuesday to extend the free parking that was implemented back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The free parking is meant to help local businesses so people can park and pick up takeout and food delivery services can keep going.

Stafford (Va.) Considers Parking Fees at Falmouth Beach, Aquia Landing Parks
July 7, 2020
River lovers could soon be forced to pay to park their vehicles at two popular Stafford County parks. Parking fees at Falmouth Beach on the Rappahannock River, and Aquia Landing on the Potomac River, was discussed at Stafford County’s Infrastructure Committee meeting on July 7.

San Francisco Parking Meters Return to Near Pre-Pandemic Rates Monday
July 5, 2020
Demand for on-street parking space is on the rise now that fewer people are relying on public transit. In response, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is reinstating parking meter rates Monday to levels near pre-pandemic levels.

East Lansing (Mich.) Parking Offers 30 Minute Grace Period
July 1, 2020
The City of East Lansing wants to remind community members there will be a 30-minute grace period in all gated parking facilities in downtown East Lansing. The city said customers who enter and exit gated facilities within 30 minutes won’t be charged, however, customers who remained parked for longer than 30 minutes will pay the full parking rate for their visit.

Street Parking Stays Free (Northampton, Mass.)
July 1, 2020
Parking downtown will continue to be free in July, “in order to continue to support economic recovery,” a recent statement from the mayor’s office said.

Cincinnati Art Museum Project to Enhance Parking Lot, Add Accessibility Underway
July 30, 2020
Construction has begun for the next phase in the enhancement and accessibility of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s grounds. This phase will completely rebuild the front parking lot and arrival court in front of the museum plaza and add a new accessible path from the parking lot to the first large landing on the Art Climb.

Center City Parking Garage Receives $150,000 Upgrade (Cumberland, Md.)
July 29, 2020
City officials are rolling out new arrangements for downtown parking, including access to a newly restored Center City Parking Garage. Located at the corner of South George and Union streets, the six-level garage has undergone a $150,000 renovation, which includes new signage, ticketing kiosks and boom gates, as well as security cameras.

Plans Presented For New Massachusetts Maritime Academy Downtown Parking Lot
July 24, 2020
Plans for Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s new cadet parking lot in Buzzards Bay have been revealed. The new lot, covering up to two acres of property across from Bourne Town Hall, will feature 237 parking spaces for academy students. The lot is also expected to be made available to Bourne residents.

Trenton (N.J.) Launches $1 Million Restoration of Hetzel Pool’s Parking Lot, Marking Final Phase of Multimillion-Dollar Project
July 22, 2020
The multimillion-dollar restoration of the Hetzel Pool in Trenton entered its final phase last week, in which the pool’s parking lot on North Olden Avenue will be demolished and rebuilt over the course of 90 days.

Vienna (Va.) Library/Parking Plan Takes Another Major Step Forward
July 21, 2020
Maybe the third time truly will be the charm and Vienna will get the municipal parking garage town officials have been seeking for years. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously, and without discussion, on July 14 approved an agreement with the town of Vienna for design and construction of a parking garage at Patrick Henry Library when the county redevelops that facility.

Queen Street Parking Deck Concepts Presented (Boone, N.C.)
July 21, 2020
Two concepts for a parking deck on Queen Street were presented to the Boone Town Council during a web conference meeting on July 16, with a 483-space option estimated to cost $15.5 million and a 321-space option estimated to cost $10 million.

Parking Lots Across the State Present a Big Opportunity for Solar
July 21, 2020
In reading “Rays, objections: State prepares rules that would limit clearing of forests to build solar farms” (Page A1, July), I think again about the wonderful use Roxbury Community College made of its parking lot space. The lot has been turned into an overhead solar array. The benefits of such an array are manyfold: clean energy use for the college; removal of the heat-attracting properties of the black tar, thus cooling the cars below; and protection of cars in rain and snow. What could it look like if municipalities, shopping malls, and institutions across the city of Boston and the Commonwealth did the same, turning parking lots into community shared solar enterprises for everyone’s benefit?

Revised Parking Plan OK’d for Arts Center (Mount Airy, N.C.)
July 20, 2020
Mount Airy officials once again have vigorously debated parking as it relates to plans for a new multi-purpose building sought by the Surry Arts Council, but this time a resulting 3-2 vote favored the council. The city commissioners had rendered the same split decision in a meeting on June 18, rejecting a construction proposal presented by the arts council for the new facility eyed on municipal-owned property overlooking Blackmon Amphitheatre.

Wallingford (Conn.) Officials Scrutinize Downtown Parking Lots
July 9, 2020
Stepping over weeds growing from pavement cracks and around vehicles disabled with flat tires, several town officials surveyed two downtown municipal parking lots this week. They’re considering creating new rules aimed at discouraging long-term parking.

5 Changes on the Horizon for Parking Facilities
July 2, 2020
Almost overnight, COVID-19 turned the parking industry on its head. From airports to urban centers, thousands of garages and lots were nearly empty or completely closed. Shuttle services were suspended or reduced, and parking operators are wondering how to prepare for the future when there's no real precedent for the situation we're facing. But it won't be like this forever.

Construction of New Parking Deck Underway in Downtown Auburn (Ala.)
July 1, 2020
Work on a new public parking deck has begun in downtown Auburn. The new deck is expected to open in 2021 and will add up to 350 new public parking spaces. Other improvements to the area as part of this project will include open space on College Street, landscaping, irrigation, and lighting.

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

Green Bay to Consider Changes to Game-Day Parking
August 7, 2020
The city of Green Bay is considering changes to its game-day parking ordinances for the area near Lambeau Field. One proposal is about camping, the other about general parking. In terms of camping, the proposal would allow limited overnight camping in areas zoned commercial and industrial.

Seashore Reverses Parking Plan at Head of the Meadow Beach in North Truro (Mass.)
August 7, 2020
National Park Service officials intend to shut off the federal parking lot to vehicles at Head of the Meadow Beach starting Aug. 8, Saturday, to help prevent crowding, according to Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom.

Indianola (Ind.) Square Parking Limit Changed
August 7, 2020
The Indianola City Council approved a full repeal of a three-hour parking limit on and around the downtown square at their most recent meeting, after approving a temporary suspension of enforcement of the policy in July.

Kirkland (Wash.) To Close Houghton Beach Parking Lot and Selected Docks to Discourage Large Gatherings
July 28, 2020
Starting on Wednesday, July 29, the City of Kirkland will be closing the parking lot and pier at Houghton Beach Park and the pier at David Brink Park. These closures are to help address the frequent large gatherings that have been occurring at these locations in violation of state health directives.

Workers Urged to Use Ramps in Downtown La Crosse (Wis.), Leave Street Parking to Customers
July 28, 2020
Get off the street, and get into the ramps. That’s the advice once again for people who work in downtown La Crosse. The city’s long-time parking consultant, Rich and Associates, repeats the frequent complaint that downtown workers are taking on-street parking away from potential customers.

Lift on Oak Park’s Overnight Parking Ban Extended Through September (Chicago, Ill.)
July 28, 2020
With the relaxation of its overnight parking ban due to expire, the Oak Park village board approved a plan to extend the easing of that restriction through the end of September. In relaxing the ban through the fall, village trustees also directed staff to prepare to hold public discussions about possibly amending future parking regulations.

Residents Ask Council to Scale Back Preferential Parking Restrictions in Two Zones (Santa Monica, Calif.)
July 22, 2020
In an unusual move, residents in two areas of Santa Monica have asked the City Council to ease preferential parking restrictions on their streets. Residents on Hill Street between 21st and 23rd streets in the city's south side and residents on 25th Street between Idaho and Washington avenues in the north side have filed petitions to make the necessary changes. City staff is recommending that the Council adopt a resolution at Tuesday night's meeting amending the two preferential parking zones.

Plum Island Parking Lot Closed to Nonresidents Every Weekend Through Labor Day (Newburyport, Mass.)
July 22, 2020
Parking in a public lot near one of the North Shore's top summer destinations will be limited to residents only every weekend from now through Labor Day. Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday announced that the city will be implementing new parking restrictions and increased traffic management and enforcement of the Plum Island beaches and public areas in an effort to reduce overcrowding and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Grosse Pointe City (Mich.) Waives Second Quarter Parking Fees
July 21, 2020
Grosse Pointe City officials are taking a number of steps to help businesses in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a June 15 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting on Zoom, the council voted unanimously in favor of a recommendation from administrators to extend second quarter parking fees paid by businesses and their employees into the third quarter.

NYC Alternate Side Parking Resumes with Key Rule Change
July 19, 2020
For the first time in decades, there has been a major rule change regarding New York City's alternate side parking, and some aren't so sure the change is for the best. Alternate side parking was suspended recently. If the new program works, it could become the new normal for alternate side parking. With the exception of one week in May, alternate side parking had been suspended in the city amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning drivers didn't have to move their cars for street cleanings for months.

Transportation Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Consider Raising More Revenue Ahead of Senate Debate On Bond Bill (Mass.)
July 15, 2020
The day before the state lawmakers in the Senate are set to vote on a $16.9 billion transportation bond bill, transit advocates are calling on them to also consider raising more money before the legislative session ends on July 31. The state's House of Representatives passed a version of Gov. Charlie Baker's bond bill in March and legislation that sought to generate roughly a half-billion dollars by increasing the gas tax and ride-hailing fees, among other things.

Planned Changes to Parking Permits Postponed by Pandemic
July 10, 2020
Amid the pandemic, Arlington County is sifting through which planning processes are ready to continue moving forward and which ones are being delayed. The County recently announced that it is still moving forward with plans for updating guidelines for development in Pentagon City, a relatively time-critical issue with Amazon's permanent HQ2 under construction nearby.

Parking Tax Troublesome for Downtown Salem (Ore.) Businesses Struggling During COVID-19
July 10, 2020
After facing shutdowns, accumulating bills and a sharp decline in customer traffic, downtown businesses are starting to protest the City of Salem's annual parking district tax. The bills can total hundreds of dollars and are dependent on square footage and a business's hours of operations.

Galveston (Texas) Makes Parking Changes Along Seawall Boulevard Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
July 9, 2020
The city of Galveston will make parking changes along Seawall Boulevard to ensure safety during the coronavirus pandemic. The changes were made in response to overcrowding and to allow visitors to remain six feet apart.

Amityville (N.Y.) Mulls Changes to Time Limits in Village Parking Lots, Special Downtown District
July 9, 2020
The Village of Amityville wants to standardize parking lot limits and is proposing the creation of a special downtown resident parking district. Village officials will hold a public hearing Monday on the code changes.

San Marcos (Texas) City Council Members Approve Resolution to Create River Parking District
July 8, 2020
San Marcos City Council members approved a resolution supporting the creation of a River Benefit Parking District with the implementation of paid parking at a July 7 meeting. The resolution is an introduction to the concept of creating a Parking Benefit District with parking resources near the San Marcos River with consideration for free or low-cost parking for residents.

Stafford (Va.) Considers Parking Fees at Falmouth Beach, Aquia Landing Parks
July 7, 2020
River lovers could soon be forced to pay to park their vehicles at two popular Stafford County parks. Parking fees at Falmouth Beach on the Rappahannock River, and Aquia Landing on the Potomac River, was discussed at Stafford County’s Infrastructure Committee meeting on July 7.

No Chair Needed: City Board Backs End to Off-Street Parking Requirement (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
July 2, 2020
The Pittsburgh Planning Commission has endorsed a measure that would end the off-street parking requirement for new townhouses and row houses — a move designed to curb the proliferation of attached garages and driveways that some view as neighborhood killers.

Parking Lots to Close at Bay Area’s State Beaches for July 4 Holiday Weekend (California)
July 1, 2020
Californians hoping to spend the July 4 holiday weekend at state beaches along the coast should bear in mind that finding parking could be much more difficult than on a “normal” holiday. California State Parks officials announced Wednesday it will close public parking facilities at state beaches and prohibit parking on roadways from July 3-5 in nine counties, including Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Sonoma.

COVID-19 Has Triggered Cleaner and Smarter Mobility in Cities
July 31, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted transport behaviour, and lockdowns have shown how much healthier city life could be without clogged streets, deafening noise and polluted air. According to the latest data from the AA, the traffic on Britain’s roads during the weeks in which lockdown measures were imposed was at a similar level to that seen in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Smart Parking Completes a Cutting Edge Smart City Project with Doma Group
July 2, 2020
Doma Group is a Canberra-based property development firm that has been a heavyweight in the Australian property industry for over 46 years. Focusing mainly on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), they operate in all sectors including multi-unit residential apartments, commercial offices, hotels, retail and car parks. Smart Parking was awarded the contract to provide car park monitoring systems in a new development that encompasses apartments, restaurants, shops, a childcare facility and an office building to house ACT public servants, as well as a zone of shops and cafes.

4 US Cities Selected for Digital Curb Challenge
June 30, 2020
Four U.S. cities have been selected for the 2020 Digital Curb Challenge, a program launched by curb management company, Coord, in January. Aspen, Colorado; Nashville; Omaha and West Palm Beach, Florida, will work with the company to establish Smart Zone programs. According to Coord, these Smart Zone programs will be tailored to each city's "unique mobility challenges, with the goals of reducing congestion, improving safety and supporting local economic activity."

The Parking App: Learn How to Leverage IoT With Low Code Tools
June 15, 2020
Looking around the environment you currently live in, can you spot how common IoT is? You might own a smartwatch, a plant monitoring device, a smart bulb installed in your lamp, a smart air conditioning system or even a smart building. All these devices are usually connected online and provide various services. Unfortunately, the devices are equipped with a broad range of connectors, APIs and interfaces that differ from one another, making them challenging to integrate.

Hoboken (N.J.) to Roll Out Technology Upgrades for Municipal Parking Garages
August 7, 2020
Parking in Hoboken is getting a much-needed upgrade next week, as the City of Hoboken will begin the installation of technology in municipal garages. The new system is designed to create easier access to garages, facilitate account management for monthly users, and assist residents and visitors with live, real-time counts of available parking spaces.

ParkMobile Brings a Mobile Parking Payment Option to St. Cloud, Minnesota
August 7, 2020
ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States, announced today a new partnership with the City of St. Cloud. The official launch date of this new partnership is Monday, August 10, 2020. The new mobile integration features the ability for residents and visitors to skip the meter and make contactless parking payments direct from their mobile device. The ParkMobile app will be available at more than 3,000 parking spaces throughout the City's downtown area, with more than 2,000 of these parking spaces situated in the parking ramps.

City Says Goodbye to Outdated Parking Sensors With New ‘Pay to Play’ Plan (Clarksville, Tenn.)
August 6, 2020
The Clarksville Parking Commission has approved a downtown parking plan that maintains the current fee structure and sets a four-hour time limit at all on-street metered spaces.

New Daily Parking Program Means Goodbye to Stickers and Hang Tags for Many on Charles River Campus (Boston University)
August 5, 2020
BU faculty, staff, and commuter students on the Charles River Campus can say goodbye to the familiar green BU parking stickers and hang tags—if they choose. A new Daily Parking Program based on license-plate-reading cameras begins August 10 at all six gated lots and garages on that campus.

Skidata Set to Transform the Parking Experience at Mineta San Jose International Airport with the Addition of State-of-the-Art Parking Technology
July 31, 2020
Skidata is about to transform the parking experience at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) with the addition of parking technology. The new frictionless parking suite will use an advanced parking access & revenue control system (PARCS), License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, and other parking management tools to allow travelers to enter parking facilities without stopping to pull a ticket, and exit without stopping to pay.

Park Assist Brings the Latest Parking Guidance Technology to Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Conn.)
July 31, 2020
Park Assist® has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Mohegan Sun, located in Uncasville, Connecticut, and operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE). Originally built in 1996, Mohegan Sun has grown to become one of the most popular destinations in New England. Providing two unique casinos, fine dining, world-class shopping, spas, live entertainment, and sporting events, the casino has continued to evolve along with its parking needs.

Navy Athletics Moving to Digital Ticketing and Parking (Annapolis, Md.)
July 29, 2020
Navy Athletics will transition to digital tickets and parking beginning with the 2020 football season to increase safety and convenience for our fans. Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this measure will serve as an added precaution to limit person-to-person contact between staff and fans.

Authority Selects Firm to Replace Parking Equipment (Winchester, Va.)
July 24, 2020
In its first meeting since March, the city’s Parking Authority agreed on Thursday to pay $500,000 for the replacement and installation of new automated equipment at the entrances and exits to its four downtown garages. “It’s way past time for these things to be replaced,” Winchester Facilities Maintenance and Parking Division Manager Corey MacKnight said.

Downtown Las Vegas Introduces Touchless Ways to Pay for Parking
July 23, 2020
The city of Las Vegas is offering two new parking amenities as downtown Las Vegas safely reopens for business. Beginning July 24, visitors to downtown will be able to have a touchless parking experience. A new mobile payment app and a QR code posted on meters and at parking lots will allow visitors the option of not having to touch to pay for parking. The new mobile payment app being used is Flowbird.

Coronado (Calif.) to Ditch Parking Meters
July 23, 2020
Coronado plans to make parking free along Orange Avenue by eliminating all parking meters next year. However, the city will still have a two-hour time limit on parking along its main corridor. On Tuesday, they City Council unanimously approved a plan that would replace the meters with license plate reader technology by January 2021.

Parking Payment Changes Improve Efficiency, Safety in Santa Barbara (Calif.)
July 22, 2020
The next time you leave a downtown parking lot in Santa Barbara you may find it more efficient to have a credit card in your hand. The ticket machines have been modified to take your credit card payment. A kiosk employee will be on hand if you want to pay cash or have a card problem.

Spectra Selects ParkMobile as Official Parking Reservations Partner
July 21, 2020
ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, announced today a new multi-year partnership with Spectra, industry leader in venue management, hospitality and partnerships, to become the company's official parking reservations provider. ParkMobile's contactless pre-paid reservations and on-demand event parking will allow Spectra's 185 venues to offer visitors a new way to park at events with an enhanced focus on guest safety and ease.

Zhenxing Park Chooses Parkxper's Camera-Based PGS to Optimize Parking Facility
July 21, 2020
Located in Beitou District of Taipei City, Zhenxing Park is a popular playground for kids during the weekend. It is beside two hospitals and Tianmu Creative Market, making this park very crowded on sunny days. Zhenxing Park underground parking garage has 213 spaces for cars and 102 spaces for motorcycles. A busy parking lot like this will always benefit from a parking guidance system to speed up the parking process.

A Game Day Parking App May Show the Future of Tide Football Season
July 16, 2020
A Birmingham-based company offering reserved parking through an app may offer a window into the future of how college football and sporting events will look this year and beyond. Clutch! is the app that will be used to buy, transfer or redeem digital parking passes at designated lots on the University of Alabama campus. The company is partnering this season with the university's Parking and Transportation Services.

Village of Ridgewood (N.J.) Says Goodbye to Old Meters, Welcomes Flowbird Kiosks
July 14, 2020
The Village of Ridgewood has recently seen an increase in restaurants and shops opening in the center of town. With the growing popularity, locals and visitors have been struggling to find a convenient place to park. In response, the Village Council approved two major enhancements: a 4-level, 240 space parking garage to be built downtown and 85 new Flowbird CWT Touch pay-by-plate parking kiosks to ease customer parking transactions.

Lancaster Parking Authority Encourages Contactless Payments For On-Street Parking with the ParkMobile App
July 14, 2020
ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States, announced today a new initiative with the Lancaster Parking Authority to promote contactless parking payments in order to reduce the number of people touching the meters. With the recent COVID-19 crisis, many city leaders across the country are encouraging residents to use the app versus the meter or kiosk to prevent the spread of the virus.

Downtown Stamford (Conn.) Offers Free Parking in City-Operated Garages This Month
July 9, 2020
Residents have a new incentive to check out Downtown Stamford businesses this month -- no charge at any of the three garages operated by the city. Drivers will need the ParkMobile app and must use the promo code WearAMask. That gets you three hours of free parking.

Park Assist Introduces Its New Cloud-Based Software Platform: INX
July 8, 2020
Park Assist announces the introduction of its latest software innovation, INX. Over the last several years, Park Assist has experienced extensive growth. To meet the demands of this expansion and customers' evolving needs, Park Assist began to reexamine its software, eager to create a user interface that could properly support and enhance its parking guidance technology.

Kent State Introduces Parking App
July 8, 2020
More than half of Kent State’s parking meters will be removed in the next month, and instead, students and visitors will pay for parking using an app. The new Passport Parking app is already live and allows drivers to pay for parking on their phones, without having to touch a meter, something that has become a concern due to the coronavirus pandemic.

East Brunswick (N.J.) Township Offers Contactless Parking Payments at Commuter Lots through ParkMobile
July 8, 2020
The Township of East Brunswick announced today that they will begin to provide contactless parking payments at over 1000 spaces in commuter lots. The Township has entered into a contract with ParkMobile, a provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many town leaders are encouraging residents to use the app instead of the physical pay station to prevent the spread of the virus.

Woodland (Calif.) Could Soon Be Using an App to Help Motorists Find Parking
July 8, 2020
They look like ugly little blisters on black pavement, but the disk-shaped devices are full of electronics that, if all goes well, will let people find parking spaces in Woodland more quickly and alerted via cellphone when their two-hour limits are nearly expired. A handful of the sensors were put in place a week ago in front of City Hall on First Street and should be the first of 150 scheduled to be laid on downtown streets.

Valet Operators Develop New Revenue Streams in Hospitality and Retail
July 6, 2020
Software developer TEZ launched TEXT4BAGS, a module for SMS Valet that opens up a valuable new service opportunity and revenue stream for operators managing parking at hotels, malls, residential and mixed-use projects post-pandemic. The domino effect of restaurant chains and retailers filing bankruptcy has been extreme: valet businesses saw the same impact expected during a natural disaster. But valet parking operators are resilient.

Big Red Business: Tickets, Parking Passes Going Paperless (Lincoln, Neb.)
July 6, 2020
Say good-bye to paper tickets and parking passes on football Saturdays at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska is switching to an all-mobile system in an effort to improve safety by reducing touchpoints with ticket takers and parking attendants, and to upgrade and streamline fans’ access to tickets and parking passes.

No-Contact Pay Is on the Rise Thanks to Near-Field Communication Technology
July 4, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, workplaces around the world are making purposeful changes to keep people healthy. As part of this effort, companies are increasingly gravitating toward contactless payments to minimize contact with potentially contaminated cards and card readers. Contactless payments are made possible mainly through near-field communication (NFC) or radio frequency identification (RFID) payments.

South Orange Parking Authority Partners with ParkMobile to Enable Contactless Parking Payments after MobileNOW! Shuts Down
July 2, 2020
ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States, announced today a new partnership with South Orange Parking Authority to provide contactless payments in the area.

New Daily Parking Program Means Goodbye to Stickers and Hang Tags for Many on Charles River Campus (Boston University)
August 5, 2020
BU faculty, staff, and commuter students on the Charles River Campus can say goodbye to the familiar green BU parking stickers and hang tags—if they choose. A new Daily Parking Program based on license-plate-reading cameras begins August 10 at all six gated lots and garages on that campus.

Why the University of Alabama Wrote Fewer Parking Tickets in Recent Years
July 29, 2020
College campus parking is as much of a sport as anything Nick Saban coaches. There’s never an open spot; and is that a boot on your tire? The dozen or so in the parking ticket squad are perhaps the least popular members of the University of Alabama community, but they’re not quite as busy as they once were.

Navy Athletics Moving to Digital Ticketing and Parking (Annapolis, Md.)
July 29, 2020
Navy Athletics will transition to digital tickets and parking beginning with the 2020 football season to increase safety and convenience for our fans. Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this measure will serve as an added precaution to limit person-to-person contact between staff and fans.

UVA Reconfigures Transportation Options in Face of COVID-19
July 23, 2020
As the University of Virginia reopens for the fall term, many things will be different, including how people get around Grounds. There will be changes in bus routes, bus use and parking. "People should ride the buses for essential trips only," Rebecca White, director of UVA's Department of Parking and Transportation, said. "If you are physically able, please consider walking or biking."

Virginia Tech Extends Permit Parking Hours
July 22, 2020
There are new rules and hours for parking on Virginia Tech’s campus this upcoming school year. The school says it was necessary to extend the hours to make sure campus staff and students can go to classes and activities at night and have somewhere to park.

University of York to Pay for Residents’ Parking Zone – After Years of Complaints
July 17, 2020
A new residents’ parking zone is set to be rolled out – and paid for by the University of York. Residents living in Badger Hill and streets near the university have complained that staff and students are parking on their roads – leaving them with no space to park their own cars. After several years of negotiation the university has agreed to pay for a new residents’ parking zone to be installed, the issuing of permits and fund an enforcement hotline.

A Game Day Parking App May Show the Future of Tide Football Season
July 16, 2020
A Birmingham-based company offering reserved parking through an app may offer a window into the future of how college football and sporting events will look this year and beyond. Clutch! is the app that will be used to buy, transfer or redeem digital parking passes at designated lots on the University of Alabama campus. The company is partnering this season with the university's Parking and Transportation Services.

Kent State Introduces Parking App
July 8, 2020
More than half of Kent State’s parking meters will be removed in the next month, and instead, students and visitors will pay for parking using an app. The new Passport Parking app is already live and allows drivers to pay for parking on their phones, without having to touch a meter, something that has become a concern due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Big Red Business: Tickets, Parking Passes Going Paperless (Lincoln, Neb.)
July 6, 2020
Say good-bye to paper tickets and parking passes on football Saturdays at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska is switching to an all-mobile system in an effort to improve safety by reducing touchpoints with ticket takers and parking attendants, and to upgrade and streamline fans’ access to tickets and parking passes.

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