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City of Wheeling (W.Va.) Suspends Parking Tickets
March 30, 2020
City streets seem relatively quiet in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but Wheeling officials are working to help bring a 21st century edge to the downtown business district once the hustle and bustle returns. Last week, officials in the city of Wheeling suspended ticketing for parking violations in response to the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jim Justice in the wake of the unfolding pandemic.

Parking Lots in All State Parks Closed Due to COVID-19 (Calif.)
March 29, 2020
The California Department of Parks and Recreation announced on Sunday they are temporarily closing parking lots in all state parks. The closures were issued as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but residents living near a popular park in the Fresno County foothills say it's going to take more than that to stop people from flocking to the area.

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

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

Wallace Installs WiFi in Its Parking Lots (Dothan, Ala.)
March 29, 2020
As Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker decided that students would not return to physical classes for the remainder of the spring semester, Wallace Community College is installing Wi-Fi hotspots in its parking lots.

Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall Orders City to Stop Ticketing Parked Vehicles, Give Free Parking at Meters
March 29, 2020
Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall repeals 'force of law' proclamation, adds new proclamation to reduce parking enforcement.

Downtown Parking Fees Drop to $5 a Day at Smartpark Garages (Portland, Ore.)
March 28, 2020
City Hall has slashed the rates to park in downtown Portland's five multi-story parking garages — with prices dropping to just $5 a day as of Friday, March 27. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, says the temporary reduction of the all-day rate will make life easier for downtown denizens and employees in critical industries who can't work from home.

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

Cities Face 'Long Road' to Economic Recovery After Coronavirus
March 27, 2020
Cities' economic recovery from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a "long road," speakers said on a webinar Thursday hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). They also warned local leaders should not let up on social distancing and other policies designed to slow down the spread of the pandemic.

Lyft, Amazon Team up as Rideshare Plummets Amid Coronavirus Shutdown
March 27, 2020
Amazon.com is teaming up with Lyft on recruiting the ride-hailing company’s drivers to deliver packages and groceries as the pandemic keeps people indoors.

Pasadena (Calif.) Changes Parking Policy, for Now
March 27, 2020
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pasadena’s Department of Transportation has temporarily modified its parking policy to reduce the financial burden on residents and local businesses.

Arlington (Texas) Gets $1.7M for Via Rideshare to Provide Free Rides for UTA, Integrate Autonomous Vehicles
March 27, 2020
The City of Arlington recently received an almost $1.7M Integrated Mobility Innovation grant from the Federal Transit Administration to add autonomous vehicles to its Via Rideshare fleet. It will also introduce autonomous free rides for UTA students and add an autonomous wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Via already has wheelchair-accessible vehicles in its regular fleet.

5 Cities Most Vulnerable to COVID-19: Report
March 27, 2020
New York is the most vulnerable city to the financial, economic, health and social effects of COVID-19, according to new research from Clever Real Estate. San Francisco, Washington, DC, Detroit and Miami round out the top five cities based on their health, financial, economic and social vulnerabilities.

Austin (Texas) Rideshare Service Temporarily Hits the Brakes Due to COVID-19
March 27, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of Austin’s rideshare services is shutting down temporarily effective Monday, March 30. In a Friday, March 27, email to customers, RideAustin says it’s temporarily suspending operations in the name of community safety.

The Ride Hailing Industry Is Getting Turned on Its Head by Coronavirus
March 27, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to travel less and slashed requests for rides, it has also boosted demand for home deliveries of groceries, meals and other goods. The abrupt shift in consumer behavior caused by the pandemic is upending the on-demand industry, where the biggest companies were built first and foremost around ride-hailing services rather than food deliveries.

New Rules Could Finally Clear the Way for Self-Driving Cars
March 26, 2020
For the first time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is weighing in on autonomous vehicles with no driver behind the wheel—or no wheel at all.

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

Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital Sets up Separate Coronavirus Triage Area in University Parking Lot
March 26, 2020
Stony Brook University Hospital has established a coronavirus triage area at the South P Lot testing facility located at the corner of Stony Brook Road and South Drive on the university campus. The triage area, which opened Monday, is staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency medicine nurses, Stony Brook Medicine said in a press release.

Hollywood Burbank Airport To Shut Down Parking Lots As Traffic Plunges
March 24, 2020
Hollywood Burbank Airport is closing many of its parking lots in response to a dramatic drop in traffic. The airport will temporarily closing parking lots A and C along with valet parking “due to reduced demand”, officials said.

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

Park & Zoom Receives 3 More ZEUS 400 Electric Shuttle Buses to Service Austin-Bergstrom Airport
March 23, 2020
Park & Zoom, a parking service company with a 2,000-vehicle capacity structure on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has just acquired another three Phoenix Motorcars all electric zero emission shuttle buses making it a total of six Zero Emission Utility Shuttles (ZEUS 400) now servicing the airport.

Louisville Airport Closing Parking Lots, Restaurants Amid Coronavirus Spread
March 20, 2020
The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is making temporary changes because of the coronavirus. According to a notice posted to the airport website, due to a decrease in demand for flights, valet parking, express shuttle lot and credit-card only lot are all closed.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport Slashes Its Budget, Consolidates Parking as Coronavirus Depletes NC Travelers
March 20, 2020
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is closing its remote parking lots and has cut $95 million in spending for the coming year because of the steep drop in travelers due to COVID-19.

Third Orlando International Airport Worker Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Employee Parking Lot Closes Tomorrow
March 20, 2020
Assistant Federal Security Director Greg Hawko says the employee parking lot will close tomorrow at 3 a.m. In an email sent to workers, he says employees will only be allowed to park on the B side of the terminal garage, unless they want to pay for parking on the A side of the garage. GOAA will continue to operate the employee shuttle.

Albany Int. Airport Introduces Parking Alterations Due to Reduced Traffic
March 20, 2020
The Albany International Airport has announced changes to its parking procedure and rates. Due to reported traffic losses by as much as 80 percent amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Airport’s Economy E-Lot has been closed and the Long-Term parking rate has been reduced to $6.00 per day.

Coronavirus Latest: BWI Airport Makes Parking Changes
March 18, 2020
BWI is making major changes to its parking services with fewer people traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. The long-term lots — A and B — Express Lot and Valet Parking closed Wednesday afternoon.

Phoenix Airport Parking Lot Sees Major Drop in Revenue Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
March 18, 2020
As the coronavirus spreads and fewer people are flying commercially, the economic impact is spreading to those businesses serving the airport.

Buses, Airport and Parking Authority Battle Virus (Williamsport, Pa.)
March 18, 2020
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, local transportation providers are cleansing facilities and equipment and some are no longer doing business until further notice.

Shuttle Bus Service to Chicago's Airports Temporarily Suspended in Coronavirus Response
March 13, 2020
Northwest Indiana went months without the shuttle bus service it's enjoyed for half a century to the Chicago Midway International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport when the Indiana Airport Supersaver at the end of the year. Just a week after the service was restored to Chicago's two main airports, it's going away again — just temporarily though.

Colorado Springs Airport Will Offer 50% off Parking for College Students Through April 15
March 13, 2020
In response to the school closures from coronavirus, the Colorado Springs Airport has announced that they will offer 50% off long-term parking to college students starting March 13 through April 15, 2020.

Fly Away Valet Transforms Customer Service With Valet Parking at San Antonio International Airport
March 12, 2020
Software provider TEZ is thrilled to announce that SMS Valet, our fully ticketless valet parking solution, was chosen to manage car check-in and payment at San Antonio International Airport. As of February 2020, this is one of a few airports in Texas to offer true curbside valet service.

Denver International Airport Eliminates Flat Fee for 30-Day Parking at 61st and Peña Lot
March 11, 2020
Travelers heading out for a long trip from Denver International Airport have lost their cheapest parking option. The airport last month eliminated its flat fee of $48 for 30 days of parking at its 61st and Peña lot. Long-term parkers now pay the lot’s standard daily rate of $6, which would add up to $180 for a 30-day stay — nearly quadruple the price.

7 Best Airport Car Parking Discounts for Every Trip and Every Budget
March 10, 2020
While everyone looks forward to their holiday, no one gets excited about all of those extra little costs. Like baggage allowance. Or car parking at the airport before you jet off on your blissful getaway. If you know where to look, these holiday extras don't have be a struggle in an otherwise wonderful trip.

Arnold Palmer Airport to Introduce Paid ‘Premium’ Parking Option (Latrobe, Pa.)
March 10, 2020
Travelers driving to the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport soon will be able to park closer to the terminal — for a fee. Airport officials plan to offer “preferred overnight parking” in the day parking lot directly in front of the terminal, charging $10 per day for the prime spots. They’re also looking to step up measures to enforce restrictions against parking in grassy areas at the airport.

Airport Parking & Hotels Offers Free Cancellation at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
March 9, 2020
With air travel uncertainty at a peak for UK travellers, the airport parking operator Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has announced there will be no cancellation or amendment fees for bookings made on its website from 6 March 2020 on APH-operated products at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports.

City Asks If People Would Be Willing to Pay for Parking at Stillwater (Okla.) Regional Airport
March 7, 2020
It’s a pickle. One of the most convenient aspects of Stillwater Regional Airport is its free parking. Collecting parking fees is also one of the major reasons commercial airports are able to stay profitable, according to airport director Paul Priegel.

Friedman Memorial Airport Eyes Summer Parking Lot Improvements (Hailey, Idaho)
March 6, 2020
Citing an increase in enplanements, the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority board decided on Tuesday evening to approve a $71,350 work order with Boise-based T-O Engineers, allowing the airport to move ahead on a summer parking lot expansion project.

$25 Million Chattanooga Airport Parking Garage Project Approved
February 28, 2020
In Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's biggest-ever expansion project, officials on Friday approved a contract to build a $25 million garage to help the existing parking crunch and ready for the future.

How to Optimize Airport Parking
February 28, 2020
A speaker at Passenger Terminal Conference 2020, Neil Corr of IDeaS Revenue Solutions outlines what he believes the future holds for airport parking and how airports can use it to drive revenue growth and enhance the passenger experience.

Appleton International Airport Offering Free Valet Service
February 28, 2020
Appleton International Airport is going to offer free valet service through the end of April. People will still have to pay the $8 daily parking fee in the long-term lot. The airport added valet parking one year ago, and it usually costs $10.

AeroParker and SKIDATA Sign Integration Partnership
February 26, 2020
AeroParker and SKIDATA have signed a non-exclusive integration partnership which means UK and European SKIDATA customers now have the availability to utilize AeroParker as their car park and ancillary pre-booking platform.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Makes Parking Easier for Spring Break Travelers
February 25, 2020
The spring break rush hasn't even started yet. However, on Tuesday morning, parking at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was already filled to capacity. Some travelers were being rerouted to Terminal 2. This is the first year airport officials are recommending travelers go online and pre-book their parking.

SP+ Parking Operator at Northwest Arkansas National Airport
February 20, 2020
SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (Nasdaq: SP), a leading provider of technology-driven mobility solutions for aviation, commercial, hospitality and institutional clients throughout North America, announced its commencement of parking operations at Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Arlington (Texas) Gets $1.7M for Via Rideshare to Provide Free Rides for UTA, Integrate Autonomous Vehicles
March 27, 2020
The City of Arlington recently received an almost $1.7M Integrated Mobility Innovation grant from the Federal Transit Administration to add autonomous vehicles to its Via Rideshare fleet. It will also introduce autonomous free rides for UTA students and add an autonomous wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Via already has wheelchair-accessible vehicles in its regular fleet.

Lyft, Amazon Team up as Rideshare Plummets Amid Coronavirus Shutdown
March 27, 2020
Amazon.com is teaming up with Lyft on recruiting the ride-hailing company’s drivers to deliver packages and groceries as the pandemic keeps people indoors.

New Rules Could Finally Clear the Way for Self-Driving Cars
March 26, 2020
For the first time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is weighing in on autonomous vehicles with no driver behind the wheel—or no wheel at all.

Austin (Texas) Rideshare Service Temporarily Hits the Brakes Due to COVID-19
March 27, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of Austin’s rideshare services is shutting down temporarily effective Monday, March 30. In a Friday, March 27, email to customers, RideAustin says it’s temporarily suspending operations in the name of community safety.

The Ride Hailing Industry Is Getting Turned on Its Head by Coronavirus
March 27, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to travel less and slashed requests for rides, it has also boosted demand for home deliveries of groceries, meals and other goods. The abrupt shift in consumer behavior caused by the pandemic is upending the on-demand industry, where the biggest companies were built first and foremost around ride-hailing services rather than food deliveries.

MIT CSAIL’s VISTA Autonomous Vehicles Simulator Transfers Skills Learned to the Real World
March 23, 2020
In a recent study, researchers hailing from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Toyota Research Institute describe Virtual Image Synthesis and Transformation for Autonomy (VISTA), an autonomous vehicle development platform that uses a real-world data set to synthesize viewpoints from trajectories a car could take. While driverless car companies including Waymo, Uber, Cruise, Aurora, and others use simulation environments to train the AI underpinning their real-world cars, MIT claims its system is one of the few that doesn’t require humans to manually add road markings, lanes, trees, physics models, and more. That could dramatically speed up autonomous vehicle testing and deployment.

Uber CEO Asks Trump for Relief for Drivers, Seeks Eventual New Worker Classification
March 23, 2020
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is asking President Trump to provide aid to drivers who have seen their earnings fall off a cliff in recent weeks. In a letter, Khosrowshahi urged the president to consider "protections and benefits for independent workers" in upcoming stimulus legislation aimed at stemming the economic damage caused by the coronavirus.

Rideshare Company Offering Free Rides in Timmins for Next Two Weeks (Canada)
March 20, 2020
A Northern Ontario ridesharing company is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Timmins. With people trying to practise social distancing, Uride founder and CEO Cody Ruberto said in a news release that some may want to avoid public transit. The company is offering free rides for the next two weeks.

Despite Setbacks, Coronavirus Could Hasten the Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles and Delivery Robots
March 20, 2020
This week, nearly every major company developing autonomous vehicles in the U.S. halted testing in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has sickened more than 250,000 people and killed over 10,000 around the world. Still some experts argue pandemics like COVID-19 should hasten the adoption of driverless vehicles for passenger pickup, transportation of goods, and more.

Coronavirus a 'Public Health Disaster' for Struggling Rideshare Drivers and Gig Economy, Organizer Says
March 20, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic destabilizes an already fragile gig economy in the U.S., rideshare drivers say the "misclassification" of workers as contractors instead of employees is helping to contribute to a "public health disaster."

Ford Releases a Data Set to Accelerate Autonomous Car Development
March 19, 2020
This week, Ford quietly released a corpus — the Ford Autonomous Vehicle Dataset — containing data collected from its fleet of autonomous cars in the Greater Detroit Area. The data set, which is freely available to researchers, could be used to improve the robustness of self-driving cars in urban environments.

Coronavirus Shows There’s Still No Such Thing as a Totally Human-Free Self-Driving Car
March 18, 2020
Autonomous vehicles were supposed to make human drivers obsolete. But the coronavirus pandemic is exposing how a technology designed to be human-free still relies on a large workforce of contract laborers at almost every level.

U.S. Spending on Ride-Hailing With Uber, Lyft Falls as Coronavirus Spreads
March 18, 2020
Nationwide spending on ride-hailing services Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. plunged in the U.S. in the past two weeks as large numbers of Americans started working from home, avoided travel, and curtailed social gatherings in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus

Lyft, Uber Suspend Pool Services Due to Coronavirus Fears
March 17, 2020
Lyft and Uber both suspended their shared pooled ride services — Lyft Line and UberPool, respectively — effective Tuesday in the United States and Canada in a bid to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus Fears Halt Autonomous Vehicle Testing for Uber, Cruise, Aurora, Argo AI, Waymo, and Others
March 17, 2020
Following Waymo’s announcement that it would limit its ride-hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona and autonomous car testing on California roads in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several competitors have adopted similar measures today and earlier this week. Uber, GM’s Cruise, Aurora, Argo AI, and Pony.ai are among the companies that have suspended driverless vehicle programs in the hopes of limiting contact between drivers and riders.

US Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles
March 17, 2020
The U.S. government is coming out with new regulations aimed at changing automotive passenger safety standards that could be barriers to autonomous vehicles.

Robot Deliveries Roll out in Milton Keynes’ Centre (England)
March 16, 2020
A new report also shows that 20 per cent of parcels globally could be delivered by drones, robots or AVs by 2030. Further, automated delivery technology could play a part in the coronavirus pandemic response.

Taking Aim at the Autonomous Future
March 16, 2020
In Silicon Valley, it’s tough to go two blocks without seeing a self-driving autonomous car, said Steven Hong, chief executive of Beavercreek-based company Oculii. Hong should know. His company is writing software that aims to have a place in the autonomous transportation revolution, helping those same vehicles see better.

Autonomous Vehicle Market Expected to Surpass Us$202 Billion by 2030
March 16, 2020
The autonomous vehicle service market, which has created plenty of liability questions for insurers, is expected to grow from US$1.14 billion last year to US$202.51 billion by 2030, according to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com. The market is expected to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60.1%.

Maven Creates Rideshare Gap
March 16, 2020
Holden's announcement that it is closing down its rideshare ownership business model, Maven, has opened the doors for rideshare specialist DriveMyCar to step in to provide certainty to Uber drivers in Maven vehicles. Maven was estimated to have between 1000 and 2000 cars in drivers’ hands, with many of them Uber drivers.

2 Downtown Las Vegas Parking Garages Turned Into Uber Staging Areas
March 12, 2020
Just in time for this weekend, Uber drivers in downtown Las Vegas will have two new safe staging areas to park while they wait for customers to hail rides. A new Uber staging program kicks off Friday at a pair of transformed city-owned parking garages.

Waymo Drivers Say They’re Being Discouraged From Canceling Robotaxi Rides During Coronavirus Outbreak
March 13, 2020
Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, says it will keep operating its fleet of roughly 600 self-driving taxis in Arizona during the novel coronavirus outbreak. But the safety drivers who monitor the autonomous taxis are concerned that they are being put in harm’s way.

Taipei to Operate Autonomous Shuttle in Bus Lanes
March 13, 2020
Taipei City Government and autonomous driving start-up Turing Drive will operate a regular autonomous driving shuttle service on dedicated bus lanes during off-peak hours from May 2020.

Coronavirus and ‘Work From Home’ Policies Have Messed With Ride-Sharing and Public Transit
March 12, 2020
While it feels like the shackles of office life have now been lifted because of the coronavirus, it's only a momentarily relief. Commutes are all out of whack mostly because of new "work from home" policies that are in full effect, keeping people away from the office in the U.S., China, South Korea, Italy, and other hard-struck places. In just a short span of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed how we get around.

The Ride-Share of the Future: Pod Car That Helps You Breathe More Easily Too
March 12, 2020
Personal commuter pods that filter out toxic air are being designed as the future of driverless ride-sharing. Designers have turned their attention to “private-shared” transport that gives each passenger their own business class-style cabin.

UPS to Trial Electric Autonomous Vehicles in London
March 11, 2020
UPS has begun testing the suitability and durability of Gaussin electric vehicles, which also have autonomous driving capability, to move semi-trailers and containers on the grounds of UPS’s advanced-technology London Hub.

Uber Self-Driving Cars Are Back Testing on San Francisco Streets
March 10, 2020
Uber Advanced Technologies Group has resumed testing autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, two years after the company scaled back its testing program following a fatal crash in Arizona that killed a pedestrian. Uber’s self-driving vehicle unit is tiptoeing back into testing its autonomous vehicle technology on public roads.

Subscription-Based Ride-Hailing Takes Root in California
March 9, 2020
A new service geared toward closing first-mile-last-mile gaps for commuters was announced in Sacramento and Davis, Calif., last week. Officials say their vehicles will also collect data for autonomous advancements.

Researchers Fool Autonomous Vehicle Systems with Phantom Images
March 9, 2020
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Cyber Security Research Center found that they can trick the autopilot on an autonomous vehicle to erroneously apply its brakes in response to “phantom” images projected on a road or billboard.

Test Ride an Autonomous Vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show This Year
March 9, 2020
Detroit invented lanes on the roads. It cultivated the three-colored traffic signal. As a beacon of automotive innovation, Detroit is ground zero for up-and-coming technology breaching the industry. Autonomous driving could be next.

Taking an Uber or Lyft Pollutes More Than Driving, California Finds. Next Stop: Regulations
March 7, 2020
Behind the tap-of-your-phone convenience of hailing an Uber or Lyft lies an inconvenient truth: Such rides generate more carbon emissions than simply driving yourself. The increased pollution comes primarily from “deadheading,” that is, drivers traveling to pick up a passenger or cruising the streets while waiting for a ride request. The California Air Resources Board is now developing the world’s first regulations to reduce the climate impacts of ride hailing. The rules, expected by year’s end, seek to rein in traffic and pollution from an industry that has quickly risen to overtake taxis, in large part by avoiding regulation to begin with.

South Korea Passes Bill Limiting Softbank-Backed Ride-Hailing Service Tada
March 6, 2020
South Korea’s parliament on late Friday passed a controversial bill to limit ride-hailing service Tada, dealing a blow to a company that has been a smash hit since its launch in late 2018 but faced a backlash from taxi drivers angry over new mobility services.

The Broken Promises of the Ride-Share Revolution
March 2, 2020
Ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft have been promising to end private vehicle ownership, make our streets safer, and cut car emissions since they rolled onto city streets almost 10 years ago — but a groundbreaking new study says the last of those promises has been broken.

EVs Just Got a Boost From Climate Scientists Worried About Ride-Hailing
February 29, 2020
Widespread adoption of electric vehicles could help ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft combat what climate scientists say is a significant pollution problem.

Uber, Privacy Groups Form Coalition to Fight City Data Collection
February 28, 2020
Uber is part of a new coalition, Communities Against Rider Surveillance (CARS), that is protesting Mobility Data Specifications (MDS) imposed by governments. The coalition comes amid a dispute between Uber and the City of Los Angeles over data-sharing requirements.

NHTSA Suspends EasyMile Autonomous Shuttles in 10 Cities
February 27, 2020
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered autonomous shuttle company EasyMile to suspend service for 16 of its shuttles across 10 U.S. cities, after a Smart Columbus shuttle made a sudden stop and a 44-year-old woman fell from her seat, according to City of Columbus, OH spokesperson Alyssa Chenault.

Here’s What’s Next for a Self-Driving Car Startup That’s Poised to Make History
February 27, 2020
Houston residents are about to get home delivery that doesn’t require tipping the driver—because there isn’t one. Startup Nuro, which has been testing autonomous delivery vehicles in the city for the past two years—albeit with safety drivers on board—has begun to build new, fully robotic models that don’t even have a driver’s seat, much less steering wheels or pedals to deliver pizza, groceries, and other goods.

Toyota Had the Most Autonomous Vehicle Disengagements, 27,000% More Than Baidu Apollo
February 27, 2020
California's annual disengagement report is a peek into the state of self-driving car engineering, and we're going to dive into it.

Waymo Joins Backlash Against California Self-Driving Data Requirement
February 26, 2020
Alphabet Inc’s Waymo and General Motors Co’s Cruise are leading a backlash against a California reporting requirement on self-driving vehicle test data that the companies claim is not relevant or accurate in measuring performance or progress.

Climate Change Finds a Foe in Ride-Hailing Services, Study Shows
February 25, 2020
Uber and Lyft have been transformational in a way we likely never would have imagined 10 years ago. Now, it's easier than ever for anyone with a smartphone to grab a ride and not worry about navigating unknown parts. However, the rise in ride-hailing services' popularity comes with a big side effect: emissions.

Cruise Can Now Transport Passengers in Self-Driving Cars in CA
February 24, 2020
Cruise recently received a permit to transport passengers in its autonomous vehicles in California. Granted by the California Public Utilities Commission, the permit is part of the state’s Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot.

Do Negative Impacts of Uber and Lyft Outweigh the Good?
February 24, 2020
Cities, especially in California, have to weigh the pros and cons of ride-hailing apps, like Uber and Lyft. Some are thinking that it’s time to change the rules, but they aren’t sure what new regulations would look like.

Column: Uber and Lyft Increase Traffic and Pollution. Why Do Cities Let It Happen?
February 21, 2020
Recent studies have found that when Uber and Lyft enter a market, their fleets are more polluting than autos on average, contribute to more traffic congestion particularly in the central cities, undermine public transit systems and devastate the local taxi industry. The ride-hailing firms say that some studies have come to opposite conclusions or that those impacts are outweighed by the advantages they bring to local transportation markets.

The Next Decade of Autonomous Vehicles: Who, What, When, Where and Why?
February 20, 2020
The next decade of autonomous-vehicle development will prove as unpredictable as the last. The automotive industry will have to face some fundamental questions.

ATA Lauds Congressional Effort to Improve Truck Parking Availability
March 20, 2020
The American Trucking Associations recently praised the introduction of the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act—legislation that would address the trucking industry’s critical need to expand access to safe commercial parking.

Parking Management Services of America (PMSA) is 1st of Few Valet Parking Companies in Los Angeles Taking Preventive Measures for COVID-19 Coronavirus
March 18, 2020
As one of the most trusted valet parking companies in Los Angeles, PMSA is taking the proper precautions and implementing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other national and local instructions in order to minimize the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Historic Downtown Los Angeles (Calif.) Garage Readies for Office Revamp
March 17, 2020
Markwood, an investment and development firm based in Beverly Hills, is converting the historic parking garage, formerly known as the May Company Garage, into a modern office space.

Business Owners, Mayor Spar Over Downtown Parking (El Dorado, Ark.)
March 16, 2020
A meeting to discuss downtown parking enforcement got off to an explosive start Friday with a downtown developer and property and business owner leaving under the threat of arrest just minutes after the meeting began. A lengthy discussion that followed the incident also resulted in two Union County officials and a county department head giving up their designated parking spaces at the Union County Courthouse.

Free Short Term Parking at Meters in Cleveland Heights (Ohio) to Help Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus
March 16, 2020
The City of Cleveland Heights is offering free short-term parking at all parking meters immediately to support the small businesses in the city impacted by coronavirus. With all bars and restaurants that closed Sunday night per Governor DeWine's order, many of the establishments will be providing take-out service and/or delivery.

Partner in Healing: UPMC Children's Hospital Valet Attendant Inspires Youth Cancer Survivor (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
March 13, 2020
South Fayette High School senior Harrison Brown is a star on the gridiron and a cancer survivor -- but he is taking a different path for college. Brown won't continue his football career. Instead, he will be tackling his pre-med classes in his quest to become an oncologist. His inspiration for his journey came from an unexpected source, a man Brown met even before he stepped one foot inside UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

VA Hospital in North Las Vegas Drops Valet Service, Delays Events
March 13, 2020
The VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas has announced it will suspend valet service and postpone upcoming events due to the novel coronavirus.

Fly Away Valet Transforms Customer Service With Valet Parking at San Antonio International Airport
March 12, 2020
Software provider TEZ is thrilled to announce that SMS Valet, our fully ticketless valet parking solution, was chosen to manage car check-in and payment at San Antonio International Airport. As of February 2020, this is one of a few airports in Texas to offer true curbside valet service.

Legislation Seeks to Address Commercial Truck Parking
March 12, 2020
Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Angie Craig (D-MN) recently introduced a measure they said is designed to improve highway safety by addressing the parking shortage for semis and large commercial trucks.

Longboat Key (Fla.) Plan Would Change Calculations for New Restaurant Parking
March 11, 2020
Restaurant parking proposal keeps staff and waiting customers in mind.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Increase Truck Parking
March 10, 2020
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would address the lack of available truck parking. Reps. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) are co-sponsoring the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, which they introduced March 5. The legislation would create a dedicated source of funding, set aside from existing Department of Transportation funds, to build more truck parking spots on the federal-aid highway system.

Marriott Gets City Permit, but Critical Vote Looms in April (Mankato, Minn.)
March 9, 2020
Developer Gordon Awsumb won a conditional use permit for his proposed downtown Marriott hotel Monday night, but he lost one member of the Mankato City Council even as a potentially challenging council vote looms in April for the $14.2 million project. On a 6-1 vote, the council determined that a proposed 117-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott met Mankato’s planning and zoning standards. On April 13, the council will have to decide if the project is worthy of $1.3 million in tax subsidies and whether the lost public parking on the development site can be replaced elsewhere downtown.

Attleboro (Mass.) Mayor Seeks More Parking, Fewer Tickets
March 2, 2020
Mayor Paul Heroux says the city is taking short-term and long-term steps to improve the parking situation in the downtown business area.

Buckhannon (W.Va.) Business Owners Say Parking Affects Business
March 2, 2020
Buckhannon, West Virginia, has a two-hour parking limit on Main St., but business owners say it's not enforced well enough. They say when Main Street is crowded with cars for up to ten hours, their businesses suffer. "I can't tell you how many times I see people driving back and forth, and complaining about the roadways," says Richard Barrett, manager of C.J. Maggie's restaurant on Main St.

Fayetteville (N.C.) Moving Ahead With Paid Parking in April Over Objections of Business Owners
February 29, 2020
Small businesses in the downtown area continue to raise concerns about the city plans to implement paid parking on April 1. The Fayetteville City Council at its 5 p.m. work session Monday night will hear the latest plans for the program in which people will be charged to park in on-street downtown spaces.

Columbus’ (Ga.) ‘Big Small Town’ Mentality Part of the Uptown Parking Meter Debate, Officials Say
February 28, 2020
At the end of a public input meeting Thursday at the Civic Center to discuss the possibility of parking meters being installed in the uptown area, Mayor Skip Henderson said he had “not a clue” what to do about the situation. He said Columbus is a “very big small town” of people who love being able to park at the door of a business. But that mentality was the root of discussion at the meeting, where city officials, councilors, uptown business owners and concerned citizens gathered to try to make sense of what impact parking meters could have and how they could best be implemented.

Parking Craze Ahead of Events in and Around First National Bank Arena
February 28, 2020
An anticipated sell-out crowd and additional events near the First National Bank arena have officials urging drivers to plan their routes. A total of three large events will happen Saturday, Feb. 29. Those events include a Jason Aldean concert at FNBA, Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball at the Red Wolf Convention Center, and a student theatre production at the Fowler Center. Arena management have created a traffic flow map.

Appleton International Airport Offering Free Valet Service
February 28, 2020
Appleton International Airport is going to offer free valet service through the end of April. People will still have to pay the $8 daily parking fee in the long-term lot. The airport added valet parking one year ago, and it usually costs $10.

How Ohio's Second-Biggest Mall Became an Amazon Parking Lot
February 27, 2020
Cincinnati’s most infamous mall suffered one more indignity this month when Forest Park inspectors converged on Forest Fair Village to document dozens of code violations and investigate the use of the 90-acre property as a parking lot for Amazon Prime delivery trucks.

Raiders Plan to Use Detention Basin for Stadium Employee Parking (Las Vegas, Nev.)
February 26, 2020
Much like fans who will use various off-site lots to park at Allegiant Stadium, those working at the $2 billion, 65,000-seat facility may be parking about 2.7 miles away. The Raiders have approached Clark County officials about using 20 acres of the 100-acre Tropicana Detention Basin, located just off Russell Road on Decatur Boulevard and Oquendo Road, for event day employee parking, county documents reveal. The allotted land would accommodate 2,760 parking spots.

Elk Grove Technology Park Hotel Owners Seek Parking Variance (Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
February 26, 2020
Elk Grove Village officials are working to schedule a plan commission meeting to consider a requested variance to the village code regarding parking at a planned Elk Grove Technology Park hotel.

Aleppo Addresses Parking Woes Caused by Amazon Delivery Vehicles
February 26, 2020
Traffic patterns in Aleppo Township have changed since Amazon purchased and moved into a 70,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in the 79 North Industrial Park in 2018. The warehouse supports a delivery model that largely uses vans and personal cars, according to Aleppo Township manager Gwen Patterson. An increased number of deliveries from the facility has also created a parking challenge, as the industrial park currently lacks the space to accommodate all of the vehicles.

Cape Coral (Fla.) Looks to Address Commercial Vehicle Parking
February 24, 2020
Cars parked in the wrong spot could be fined or towed. City staff is recommending the city add 'no parking' signs in these problem streets.

Bozeman (Mont.) Business Boom: Mobile Retailers Left With Limited Parking Due to New City Ordinance
February 24, 2020
With Bozeman growing at a daily rate finding a parking space downtown can be difficult. A new city ordinance sought to help alleviate parking difficulties. But in the process, it left mobile vendors with a difficult parking predicament of their own.

Study Finds Parking Available in Downtown Astoria (Ore.)
February 21, 2020
Few issues are thornier than the availability of parking downtown. Some swear off shopping or dining because of it, while others consider Astoria spoiled compared to cities where people pay to park several blocks from their destination. But a parking study and survey by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association has concluded that, aside from some small pockets and specific times, finding parking is fairly easy.

Parking, Air Quality in City Have Improved Since Coronavirus Slowdown (New York, N.Y.)
March 24, 2020
New Yorkers are finally paying attention. Big Apple residents appear to be taking the state’s social-distancing decree seriously amid the coronavirus pandemic. And it has lead to some unexpected benefits — less traffic, more parking and even cleaner air, officials said.

Congestion May Soon 'Cease to Exist' in US Cities
March 24, 2020
Measures to keep people at home during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to significantly increased traffic speeds in Chicago and Los Angeles, according to new data from transportation analytics company INRIX.

The COVID-19 Crisis Could Show Us How to Cure Our Congested Cities
March 22, 2020
When the crisis ends, many of our old habits — including the idea that one has to leave home to go to the workplace on a daily basis — will have changed. And the new habits we’re now building could help solve a long-standing problem no one has been able to solve to date: traffic congestion.

Partnership Offers 3D Road Network Modelling and Congestion-Reducing Parking
March 12, 2020
Location data and platform services provider Here Technologies is partnering with German virtual terrain modelling software developer TrianGraphics and B2B parking technology firm ParkHub, to allow for 3D modelling of road use cases on its in-vehicle HD Live Map and simplify the locating of parking spaces.

Commissioners Consider Parking Regulations Near Popular River Put-In Under Tamarack Bridge (Missoula, Mont.)
March 12, 2020
In an effort to increase safety and reduce congestion, Missoula County Commissioners are considering a resolution that would prohibit parking on portions of Tamarack Road and Juniper Drive near a popular river access point for floaters.

Road Expansion Has Increased Congestion 144%: Report
March 10, 2020
The practice of expanding roads or building new ones to curb congestion has resulted in billions of dollars in wasted spending and has made congestion worse on city streets, according to a new report from Transportation for America (T4A).

Subway Upgrades Without Congestion Pricing Funds Will Cause Another Transit Crisis
March 10, 2020
The federal government is now delaying approval of New York City’s congestion pricing program, which had been expected to generate about $1 billion per year for transit improvements. As a result, the MTA is facing a financial crisis in its efforts to modernize the city’s subway system.

Boston Is the Most Congested Us City — Again
March 9, 2020
Boston is the most congested city in the U.S. for the second year in a row, with drivers losing 149 hours (or six days) to congestion in 2019, according to the annual global traffic scorecard report by transportation analytics company INRIX.

Study Explores Micromobility, Improper Parking in 5 Cities
March 4, 2020
“Scooter clutter” has been a concern amplified by media reports in urban areas where micromobility has entered the landscape, with large numbers of dockless scooters and shared e-bikes on city streets and sidewalks. But a recent study finds that motor vehicles are still the main offender by far when it comes to blocking access by other travelers.

The MTA and Cuomo Must Play Offense on Congestion Pricing
March 2, 2020
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislative achievement in passing congestion pricing has stalled in an unnecessary tiff with federal officials — and advocates who spent most of 2019 supporting the governor now want him to be the quarterback who pushes the ball over the goal line and actually create the tolling mechanism that will raise $15 billion in desperately needed MTA funding.

“Beginning February 29, DPW Will Issue $150 Tickets to Any Motorist Improperly Standing, Stopping or Parking in a Bike Lane.” (Washington, D.C.)
February 26, 2020
DPW has increased its bike lane enforcement program by mobilizing 26 new Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO’s) and giving the entire PEO team–now nearly 300 strong–the ability to photograph vehicles blocking bike lanes. DPW’s bike lane enforcement program supports Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries for road users by 2024.

Manhattan Panel to DOT: Use Curbside Space for More Than Just Parking
February 24, 2020
Another Manhattan community board has demanded that the Department of Transportation figure out how to reallocate curb space so that roadways are not unsafely choked by double-parked delivery trucks and cabbies picking up or dropping off passengers.

Column: Uber and Lyft Increase Traffic and Pollution. Why Do Cities Let It Happen?
February 21, 2020
Recent studies have found that when Uber and Lyft enter a market, their fleets are more polluting than autos on average, contribute to more traffic congestion particularly in the central cities, undermine public transit systems and devastate the local taxi industry. The ride-hailing firms say that some studies have come to opposite conclusions or that those impacts are outweighed by the advantages they bring to local transportation markets.

City Tech Launches Solution to Clear up Curbside Chaos
February 20, 2020
Cities are experiencing many competing interests at the curb from public transit, parking, ride-hail services, food deliveries, e-commerce deliveries and more. "The curb is where all the macro changes in transportation are showing up," City Tech Collaborative Director of City Solutions David Leopold said. There’s been strong dialogue about how cities can allocate curb space, in addition to how cities can price the curb and operational tools to support usage.

Parking Lots in All State Parks Closed Due to COVID-19 (Calif.)
March 29, 2020
The California Department of Parks and Recreation announced on Sunday they are temporarily closing parking lots in all state parks. The closures were issued as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but residents living near a popular park in the Fresno County foothills say it's going to take more than that to stop people from flocking to the area.

Parking Industry Coalition Thanks Congress and Administration for CARES Act Leadership
March 27, 2020
The parking industry through Women in Parking, Veterans in Parking, the Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA) and the Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Association (NAPITA) thank Congress and the Administration for their leadership in the rapid passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help workers affected with furlough due to the impact of COVID-19.

Cities Face 'Long Road' to Economic Recovery After Coronavirus
March 27, 2020
Cities' economic recovery from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a "long road," speakers said on a webinar Thursday hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). They also warned local leaders should not let up on social distancing and other policies designed to slow down the spread of the pandemic.

Pasadena (Calif.) Changes Parking Policy, for Now
March 27, 2020
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pasadena’s Department of Transportation has temporarily modified its parking policy to reduce the financial burden on residents and local businesses.

Changes Made to Parking Restrictions, Garage Rates Reduced Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (Boston, Mass.)
March 27, 2020
Several places around Boston are making changes to parking rules for residents and medical professionals amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Renaissance garage, Boston Common garage and Prudential Center garage have reduced rates for those with a medical identification.

5 Cities Most Vulnerable to COVID-19: Report
March 27, 2020
New York is the most vulnerable city to the financial, economic, health and social effects of COVID-19, according to new research from Clever Real Estate. San Francisco, Washington, DC, Detroit and Miami round out the top five cities based on their health, financial, economic and social vulnerabilities.

F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill
March 26, 2020
The Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion economic rescue plan on Wednesday that will offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus. Its components include stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, different retirement account rules and more. The House of Representatives was expected to quickly take up the bill and pass it, sending it to President Trump for his signature. Here are the answers to common questions about what’s in the bill.

Tracking the Impact of Coronavirus on US Cities
March 26, 2020
U.S. cities are currently responding to heightened concern around the growing outbreak of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. To stay on top of local-level mitigation, Smart Cities Dive will regularly update this tracker with aggregated news and headlines regarding the virus' impact on cities.

What the $2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package Will Mean for You
March 26, 2020
The Senate has unanimously approved a $2 trillion economic stimulus package — the largest economic rescue measure in history — to help businesses and employees affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The bill will now head to the House of Representatives, where it’s set to vote on Friday. Since the novel coronavirus began spreading across the U.S., businesses across the country have shuttered and laid off workers. For the week of March 21, about 3.3 million had filed unemployment claims — the largest number on record.

Cities Go Digital to Survive the New Normal
March 23, 2020
As cities respond to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and are forced to digitize many of their services, technology will play a key role in communicating information, tracking cases and maintaining normal levels of government service, industry experts say. Cities will also need to put more of their everyday services online, especially as residents are urged to self-isolate and many government employees working remotely.

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

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

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

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

UK Project Builds Electric-Car Charging Into a Half-Mile of Lampposts
March 23, 2020
The great thing about electric-car charging is that it can take advantage of existing grid infrastructure. A new project in the United Kingdom demonstrates the benefits of that. Siemens built charging stations into 24 lampposts on roughly a half-mile of Sutherland Avenue in London. The section of street was rechristened, appropriately enough, "Electric Avenue, W9."

Electric Cars Produce Less CO2 Than Petrol Vehicles, Study Confirms
March 23, 2020
Electric vehicles produce less carbon dioxide than petrol cars across the vast majority of the globe – contrary to the claims of some detractors, who have alleged that the CO2 emitted in the production of electricity and their manufacture outweighs the benefits.

Will Europe Become The New Global Leader For EVs?
March 22, 2020
As the COVID-19 threat continues to send shockwaves through society, it's difficult to ascertain the overall impact on the electric vehicle industry. Without a doubt, it will depress sales of EVs, but will it change where the lion's share of EVs are sold? Hard to say. That said, according to recent findings, it appears that the "center of gravity" for electric cars may be moving from China to Europe.

Australia’s First EV “Subscription” Service to Give Drivers Taste of Electric Cars
March 19, 2020
Australian drivers will soon be able to get a taste of what its like to drive an electric car via a new subscription service launched by software startup Blinker.

New Mexico Funds EVs and Charging Stations Despite Coronavirus Squeeze
March 18, 2020
New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham had to make some tough cuts to the southwestern state’s annual budget due to economic pressure as a result of the coronavirus. But she still prioritized EVs and charging stations in Santa Fe, which received $750,000.

Electric Cars Set to Buzz Around Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)
March 16, 2020
The City of Poughkeepsie has replaced two antiquated cars being used by the Parking Enforcement Department (PED) with two leased vehicles; 2020 Nissan Leaf electric cars.

Congressional Bill Would Create A National EV Charging Network
March 16, 2020
A bill pending in Congress would boost the electric vehicle industry in America. Reps. Andy Levin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the EV Freedom Act which will develop a nationwide infrastructure of high-speed electric vehicle charging stations within five years. It will also create jobs, reduce vehicle emissions, and combat climate change.

Tesla Vs Everyone Else: Why Traditional Automakers Will Continue To Struggle With Electric Cars
March 15, 2020
If GM and other traditional automakers want to convince consumers to quit a gas habit they’ve been very comfortable with their entire lives, they’re going to have to do more than just sell an EV. Tesla has known that from day one. GM did not.

Why Do People Love Electric Cars? And Why Are Others So Hesitant?
March 14, 2020
As we enter this brand new decade, we’re living in an age in which the battery electric vehicle (or BEV for short) is just starting to become mainstream. Thanks to Tesla’s tireless efforts over the past decade, BEVs are now viable for the average motorist, and not considered so “different” or “quirky.” In fact, based on their stellar performance (and good looks), EVs have become both attractive and coveted.

VW Says It Will Drop 30,000 ID.3 Electric Cars at Once, Will Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars
March 13, 2020
VW is preparing to launch the ID.3, its first new electric car based on its MEB platform, and it says it plans to deliver 30,000 ID.3 cars “almost at once” and it claims that it will be cheaper than a gasoline car.

Fast-Charging Stations Damage Electric Car Batteries, Say Engineers
March 13, 2020
Commercial fast-charging stations subject electric car batteries to high temperatures and high resistance that can cause them to crack, leak, and lose their storage capacity, according to engineers at the University of California, Riverside.

Bank Parking Being Converted to Car Charging Stations (Oak Park, Ill.)
March 12, 2020
Electric car charging stations are being installed in the parking lot of the Bank of America branch on Roosevelt Road and Euclid Avenue. According to Oak Park Village Planner Craig Failor, Bank of America, 6720 Roosevelt Rd., had more parking spots than required by code.

3 Myths About Millennials & Electric Cars Are Costing Apartment Complex Owners Money
March 12, 2020
Unless you are a millennial, everything you think you know about the generation born between 1981 and 1996 is probably wrong. That’s especially true if you own or manage a multi-family apartment property.

Work Starts on the UK’s First Electric Vehicle Forecourt With ‘Superchargers’
March 10, 2020
Construction work on a charging forecourt for electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.K. has begun, as efforts to boost infrastructure for zero- and low-emission transport options ramp up. The new facility, located near the town of Braintree in Essex, will have the capacity to charge 24 electric vehicles at once, according to sustainable energy firm Gridserve, which is behind the project.

WA Lawmakers Pave the Way for Electric Cars, but Activists Want More
March 10, 2020
Washingtonians in the market for a new car could find more electric-powered vehicles in dealer showrooms in the next two years, following the passage of a bill that will require carmakers in the state to meet benchmarks for electric auto sales.

New Electric Car Charging Stations Unveiled in Beaver Dam (Wis.)
March 10, 2020
If Elon Musk ever visits Beaver Dam, he’ll have a place to charge his Cybertruck. Officials held a ribbon cutting Tuesday to introduce new electric car charging stations at 810 Park Ave. just off a major highway junction. There are two level 2 chargers and two level 3 chargers, with level 3 chargers being much faster and able to charge a car to 80 percent battery level in about 40 minutes.

Tesla Produces Its 1 Millionth Electric Car
March 9, 2020
Tesla announced that it produced its 1 millionth electric car — becoming the first automaker to achieve the milestone. Only a few years ago, many people didn’t believe that Tesla could produce electric vehicles in any meaningful numbers, but the automaker managed to ramp up three electric vehicle programs: Model S, Model X, and Model 3. Now it is about to launch its fourth electric vehicle, the Model Y, and it is doing it on the momentum of a new milestone.

G.M. Lays Out Ambitions for Electric-Vehicle Lineup to Rival Tesla
March 4, 2020
Over the last three months, Tesla’s stock price has more than doubled, adding tens of billions of dollars in market value, as investors have concluded that the company is poised to lead the auto industry’s transition to battery-powered vehicles. Now General Motors is trying to make the case that it isn’t far behind Tesla, and that it is positioned to cash in if, or when, electric-vehicle sales take off.

EVs Just Got a Boost From Climate Scientists Worried About Ride-Hailing
February 29, 2020
Widespread adoption of electric vehicles could help ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft combat what climate scientists say is a significant pollution problem.

LA Orders 155 Electric Buses
February 26, 2020
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has placed what it says is the largest single order for electric buses in the US to date. LADOT’s purchase of 155 zero-emission buses will give the city a fleet of 159. The first 25 vehicles are expected to be in service by summer, with the remaining buses arriving in 2021 at a rate of around 10 per month.

Town Exploring Possible Electric Car Charging Stations (Orchard Park, N.Y.)
February 26, 2020
An available grant of $8,000 from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority might make electric car charging stations in Orchard Park a reality. Supervisor Patrick Keem has been researching the possibility, speaking with a company in Henrietta that makes the stations.

Utah Lawmakers Want to Make Utah an ‘Electric Vehicle State’
February 24, 2020
On Monday, Utah lawmakers introduced HB259, a bill that aims to expand electric vehicle infrastructure through a state partnership with Rocky Mountain Power. By 2025, the utility company will invest $50 million to install charging stations for electric cars every 50 miles on Utah’s highways and between other “strategic locations” like national parks.

Where Do You Want Electric Vehicle Charging Stations? The State Of Wisconsin Wants To Know
February 24, 2020
The Evers administration has started asking the public for advice on how and where to spend up to $10 million for electric vehicle charging stations in Wisconsin.

Audi Pauses Electric-Car Production as Tesla Zooms Ahead
February 24, 2020
Audi halted output of its E-Tron SUV to resolve production issues including battery-supply bottlenecks as it prepares to flank the model with a sportier variant, underscoring the struggles traditional automakers face to boost electric cars and challenge Tesla Inc.

Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital Sets up Separate Coronavirus Triage Area in University Parking Lot
March 26, 2020
Stony Brook University Hospital has established a coronavirus triage area at the South P Lot testing facility located at the corner of Stony Brook Road and South Drive on the university campus. The triage area, which opened Monday, is staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency medicine nurses, Stony Brook Medicine said in a press release.

Hospital Workers Press for Relaxed Parking Rules at University of Vermont
March 25, 2020
Dozens of parking spaces left vacant by University of Vermont employees will be available to UVM Medical Center employees, according to an online post from the Burlington Mayor's Office.

Scrap Parking Charges for Staff Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic, Union Urges (England)
March 23, 2020
Calls have been made to abolish hospital car parking charges for NHS staff in England during the coronavirus pandemic.

Photos: Erlanger Hospital Building Alternative Care Sites in Parking Garage (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
March 22, 2020
Erlanger Hospital is currently building alternative care sites in a portion of the parking garage, a spokesperson confirmed to Channel 3.

Vanderbilt Hospital Sets up COVID-19 Treatment Area in Parking Garage (Nashville, Tenn.)
March 21, 2020
One of the country's most well-known hospitals has set up a COVID-19 treatment center in a parking garage, according to video accounts and a statement from the hospital.

Cedars-Sinai Sets up Medical Tents in Parking Garage to Screen Patients for COVID-19 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
March 18, 2020
Poke your head into the parking garage attached to the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and you won't see any cars. Instead you'll see three tents lined up right next to each other which are being used as a makeshift ER for people who are suspected to have novel coronavirus. The goal: keep the virus from spreading to other people in the complex.

Calls for Free Parking for Health Staff at Hospitals (Dublin, Ireland)
March 18, 2020
There are calls for healthcare workers to be given free parking spaces at Dublin hospitals. At the moment, hospital car parks are not at full capacity, due to restrictions placed on visits and services. Dublin Mid-West TD Mark Ward says staff at healthcare facilities citywide, shouldn’t have to pay to park during the coronavirus emergency.

Winfield (Ill.), Central DuPage Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on Redevelopment Plan
March 18, 2020
Winfield has reached a tentative agreement with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital that would pave the way for a massive redevelopment of the village's Town Center. CDH is proposing to transform part of Town Center south of its campus into a medical and commercial district. To the west of the 392-bed hospital, a proposed parking deck would alleviate parking problems at CDH.

Officials Work on Plan to Turn Coney Island (N.Y.) Ballpark Parking Lot Into Infirmary
March 17, 2020
Officials have said the coronavirus pandemic could lead to temporary ICUs and hospitals being set up in large public places like schools. Tuesday, public officials in Brooklyn were working on what that might look like, with the help of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Councilmember Mark Treyger met with several officials to work on a plan to use the parking lot of MCU Park in Coney Island to expand the capacity of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Launched by Hospitals in Parking Lots, Garages
March 11, 2020
As the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases expands, some healthcare providers are rolling out drive-through testing to help protect patients and healthcare workers from contracting the virus. Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Wednesday it's prepared to perform drive-up testing for COVID-19 where patients could get tested without leaving their cars.

Pikeville Medical Center Offers Free App and Kiosk to Help Visitors Navigate the Hospital
March 10, 2020
Pikeville Medical Center's (PMC) four buildings, adding up to more than one million square feet, can be confusing for patients or visitors. Now, there is an app for your phone to make your experience easier. "So we've discovered a new technology called "Wayfinding," said Marketing Director Al Greenfield. The app uses nearly 900 Bluetooth beacons throughout the hospital to guide anyone through the hallways. "You can get turn-by-turn navigation, from the parking garage for example, to any location in the hospital," Greenfield pointed out.

Hospital Plans 2nd Parking Deck (Wilmington, N.C.)
March 8, 2020
To keep up with the Wilmington area’s growing population and correspondingly higher patient volumes, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is planning to build a second parking deck and accompanying pedestrian bridge.

Richmond Hospital Parking Nets $1.2 Million a Year (B.C., Canada)
March 4, 2020
Richmond city council will ask the province and Vancouver Coastal Health to have two hours of free parking at hospitals across B.C. They are also asking for a system whereby patrons pay as they leave, to cut down on stress caused by pay parking. Currently, Richmond Hospital nets more than a million dollars a year in parking fees.

UK Good Samaritan Hospital Announces Parking Changes (Lexington, Ky.)
February 28, 2020
Parking gates have been installed in the UK Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) parking garage in an effort to provide a safer parking experience for patients, visitors and authorized employees. These gates will still allow free parking for patients, patient visitors and authorized employees, while discouraging unauthorized parking.

Mercy Hospital Expansion Gets Green Light From City (Portland, Maine)
February 26, 2020
Northern Light Mercy Hospital plans to break ground this spring on a new hospital and medical office building on Mercy’s Fore River campus in Portland. The $83.8 million expansion project includes new hospital space, including a new emergency room, ambulatory surgery center and 95 additional surface parking spaces.

Elmhurst (Ill.) Hospital Seeks Approval for 525-Space Parking Garage
February 25, 2020
For patients and visitors who have circled Elmhurst Hospital’s lots looking for a parking spot, relief is, if not in sight, at least in the planning stages in the form of a five-story, 525-stall parking deck on the north side of the hospital’s campus.

Free Hospital Parking Plans for Certain Patients (United Kingdom)
February 24, 2020
Hospital bosses in the Black Country have indicated they are ready to bring in free parking for some patients following recommendations from the Government.

Texas A&M University Reveals Plans for $546M Medical Complex in Houston
February 21, 2020
Texas A&M University has announced a new three-building project in the Texas Medical Center that will bring a renovated space for its Engineering Medicine program, student housing, parking, retail, and more. The $546 million complex will be funded in part by a public-private partnership, according to a news release from the university.

UK Project Builds Electric-Car Charging Into a Half-Mile of Lampposts
March 23, 2020
The great thing about electric-car charging is that it can take advantage of existing grid infrastructure. A new project in the United Kingdom demonstrates the benefits of that. Siemens built charging stations into 24 lampposts on roughly a half-mile of Sutherland Avenue in London. The section of street was rechristened, appropriately enough, "Electric Avenue, W9."

Scrap Parking Charges for Staff Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic, Union Urges (England)
March 23, 2020
Calls have been made to abolish hospital car parking charges for NHS staff in England during the coronavirus pandemic.

Will Europe Become The New Global Leader For EVs?
March 22, 2020
As the COVID-19 threat continues to send shockwaves through society, it's difficult to ascertain the overall impact on the electric vehicle industry. Without a doubt, it will depress sales of EVs, but will it change where the lion's share of EVs are sold? Hard to say. That said, according to recent findings, it appears that the "center of gravity" for electric cars may be moving from China to Europe.

Rideshare Company Offering Free Rides in Timmins for Next Two Weeks (Canada)
March 20, 2020
A Northern Ontario ridesharing company is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Timmins. With people trying to practise social distancing, Uride founder and CEO Cody Ruberto said in a news release that some may want to avoid public transit. The company is offering free rides for the next two weeks.

Australia’s First EV “Subscription” Service to Give Drivers Taste of Electric Cars
March 19, 2020
Australian drivers will soon be able to get a taste of what its like to drive an electric car via a new subscription service launched by software startup Blinker.

Calls for Free Parking for Health Staff at Hospitals (Dublin, Ireland)
March 18, 2020
There are calls for healthcare workers to be given free parking spaces at Dublin hospitals. At the moment, hospital car parks are not at full capacity, due to restrictions placed on visits and services. Dublin Mid-West TD Mark Ward says staff at healthcare facilities citywide, shouldn’t have to pay to park during the coronavirus emergency:

Ugh, the UK Cuts Electric Vehicle Grant for the Third Time in 10 Years
March 16, 2020
On March 12 last week, the UK’s Chancellor announced the country’s budget, and it’s had an impact for electric and ultra-low emission vehicles; here’s what you need to know. British drivers can still take advantage of an EV car grant, but it’s been cut by £500.

Lavenham Gas Holder Site to Become 24-Space Car Park (U.K.)
March 16, 2020
The Victorian gas holder site in Lavenham is set to be turned into a 24-space car park after £190,000 worth of funding was secured. The former works in Water Street, which were used from 1872 to 1937, will remain in some form - with the gas holder to be restored and made accessible to the public.

‘We Must Back Bid to End Danger Pavement Parking’ Says Blind Activist Jill (England)
March 16, 2020
Parking on the pavements is an issue guaranteed to get people hot under the collar. Like cycling on pavements, it’s a perennial problem that causes serious concern in our communities. However, a solution could be on its way. The Department for Transport is to consult on a ban on parking on the pavements which could be brought in across England.

New Cycle Lane Plan May See Off-Street Parking Removed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
March 16, 2020
A big increase in the number of cyclists using a busy Christchurch road is behind a proposal to put in new cycle lanes. The proposal aims to improve safety for cyclists along Waimairi Rd in Ilam, between Maidstone Rd and Peer St. It is now open for community feedback, along with another proposal to remove some of the on-street parking to accommodate the lanes.

Paperless Parking System Is Rolling Out In Porirua (New Zealand)
March 16, 2020
From today the paperless Pay by Plate parking system will be implemented in the two pay and display parking areas on Hagley Street in the Porirua city centre. Pay by Plate parking is a paperless system that works by using a vehicle licence plate number rather than a paper ticket.

KRA Takes Over City Parking Fees Collection From Monday (Nairobi, Kenya)
March 16, 2020
Nairobi residents are set to pay parking fees and other levies to the taxman starting Monday morning after City Hall handed over key functions to the national government.

Taipei to Operate Autonomous Shuttle in Bus Lanes
March 13, 2020
Taipei City Government and autonomous driving start-up Turing Drive will operate a regular autonomous driving shuttle service on dedicated bus lanes during off-peak hours from May 2020.

Price Rises for Exeter Car Parks in Congestion Cutting Bid Agreed (England)
March 11, 2020
Car parking charges in Exeter will rise after councillors unanimous agreed to increase tariffs in a bid to cut congestion and achieve carbon neutrality.

Pavement Parking Ban Could Be Introduced to Help Pedestrians (England)
March 11, 2020
A ban on parking on pavements across England could be introduced to help pedestrians, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The Government will consult on whether to give local authorities more power to tackle the problem.

Govia Thameslink Railway Launches Baliza App to Streamline Car Parking Process (England)
March 11, 2020
Govia Thameslink Railway, (GTR) has launched an app designed to make it easier for its customers to pay for car parking across Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern station car parks. It is accessible at station car park locations operating with or without Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Work Starts on the UK’s First Electric Vehicle Forecourt With ‘Superchargers’
March 10, 2020
Construction work on a charging forecourt for electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.K. has begun, as efforts to boost infrastructure for zero- and low-emission transport options ramp up. The new facility, located near the town of Braintree in Essex, will have the capacity to charge 24 electric vehicles at once, according to sustainable energy firm Gridserve, which is behind the project.

Airport Parking & Hotels Offers Free Cancellation at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
March 9, 2020
With air travel uncertainty at a peak for UK travellers, the airport parking operator Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has announced there will be no cancellation or amendment fees for bookings made on its website from 6 March 2020 on APH-operated products at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports.

Will Renewed Political Tinkering Complicate London's Simple Overnight-Parking Rules?
March 9, 2020
A city politician’s push to overhaul London’s overnight parking ban will face its first test Tuesday when the proposal is discussed by city council committee.

Aberdeenshire Council Revisits Option of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (Scotland)
March 9, 2020
Aberdeenshire Council is revisiting the option of introducing Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) across the region. Currently, the enforcement of the legal restrictions covering on-street parking in Aberdeenshire, sits with Police Scotland. In recent years, some Scottish local authorities have applied for and been granted relevant powers to decriminalise on-street parking, taking responsibility for enforcement away from the police.

South Korea Passes Bill Limiting Softbank-Backed Ride-Hailing Service Tada
March 6, 2020
South Korea’s parliament on late Friday passed a controversial bill to limit ride-hailing service Tada, dealing a blow to a company that has been a smash hit since its launch in late 2018 but faced a backlash from taxi drivers angry over new mobility services.

Richmond Hospital Parking Nets $1.2 Million a Year (B.C., Canada)
March 4, 2020
Richmond city council will ask the province and Vancouver Coastal Health to have two hours of free parking at hospitals across B.C. They are also asking for a system whereby patrons pay as they leave, to cut down on stress caused by pay parking. Currently, Richmond Hospital nets more than a million dollars a year in parking fees.

Free Hospital Parking Plans for Certain Patients (United Kingdom)
February 24, 2020
Hospital bosses in the Black Country have indicated they are ready to bring in free parking for some patients following recommendations from the Government.

Sheffield’s Highway Network Gets UK’s Latest IoT-Based Smart City Technology
February 24, 2020
Sheffield City Council’s highways contractor, Amey, has partnered with technology company Connexin to build the UK’s latest Smart City, starting with digitised road assets connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Homeless Sleep on Real Beds in Empty Parking Garage Thanks to Safe Overnight Shelter Program (Australia)
February 20, 2020
The homeless find themselves out on the streets for various reasons, ranging from medical bankruptcy to drug addiction. One of the numerous hardships associated with that is never being able to get a good night’s sleep. Public shelters are an option, but they can often be dangerous and overcrowded. That’s why a Brisbane, Australia, charity called Beddown decided to try an entirely new model. Instead of building more shelters, which are costly and can be controversial, the organization uses empty parking lots with mattresses instead of cars occupying parking stalls as overnight sleeping spaces for the city’s homeless.

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

Software Innovator TEZ Welcomes Parking Industry Veteran, Steve Resnick, as Chief Revenue Officer
March 4, 2020
Software developer, TEZ, is a pioneering mobile technology firm serving the parking industry that creates cloud-based, app-free mobile solutions to help fuel amazing guest experiences. Today, TEZ announced the hiring of Steve Resnick, CAPP, a 25-year parking industry veteran, as its Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).

ParkMobile Hits 18 Million User Milestone and Brings on Experienced COO to Help Scale the Business for Future Growth
February 26, 2020
ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., today announced it hit the 18 million user milestone, growing 110% over the past two years. To help continue to scale the business and manage this rapid growth, the company announced the appointment of experienced technology executive, John Brown, as chief operations officer.

AeroParker and SKIDATA Sign Integration Partnership
February 26, 2020
AeroParker and SKIDATA have signed a non-exclusive integration partnership which means UK and European SKIDATA customers now have the availability to utilize AeroParker as their car park and ancillary pre-booking platform.

Mayor’s Pick, Parking Authority Chief Art Noriega, Approved as Miami’s City Manager
February 24, 2020
Art Noriega, the CEO of Miami’s parking authority, was approved Monday to become the next city manager overseeing Miami’s $1 billion government. The City Commission voted unanimously to sign off on Mayor Francis Suarez’s pick effective immediately. Addressing commissioners before the vote, Noriega vowed to bring increased transparency to the city’s administration.

New County Annex Shouldn't Create Albion (Ind.) Parking Problem
March 25, 2020
Earlier this year, one question Noble County Council members got repeatedly about the proposed county annex in downtown Albion didn’t have to do with the building or the tax impact, but instead parking. Will the new county annex and the multiple offices going into it create a parking crunch around the courthouse square? The answer from Noble County Highway Department Engineer Zack Smith is a pretty confident “no.”

Springfield (Ohio) Commissioners OK Contract With Parking Management Company
March 24, 2020
Springfield City Commissioners approved an ordinance that will allow the city to enter into a one-year renewable parking management agreement as part of a larger plan to better coordinate parking in the downtown.

Downtown Parking Goes Beyond Meters in Greencastle (Pa.)
March 20, 2020
Parking meters have become high tech some places and nonexistent in others. But in Greencastle, the control devices have stayed pretty much the same for many years, and at least for now, that’s the way they are going to stay. After research dating back nearly a year on the impact that meters have on business and property owners in the downtown, borough officials have opted to keep them as is.

Council Weighs Paid Parking Extension in Red Bank (N.J.)
March 16, 2020
The borough council discussed extending paid parking periods in Red Bank by three or four hours per day at the Wednesday, March 4 council workshop meeting. The discussion arises around the same time the council is preparing to install new parking meters in parts of town.

Plan Shines Light on Existing Downtown Parking (Shelton, Conn.)
March 16, 2020
The city has approved $10,000 for new signs and streetlamps in the downtown as part of the area’s revitalization plan. The Board of Aldermen approved spending money from the city’s contingency general account at its March 12 meeting. Mayor Mark Lauretti said the signs will direct people to the hundreds of municipal parking spaces available throughout the downtown and provide better lighting in municipal parking lots.

Bellefonte (Pa.) to See More Parking Changes
March 13, 2020
The new parking meters that are coming to the streets of downtown Bellefonte have been delayed because of the coronavirus, allowing people to park on the streets a little longer before the rate increase and change of monitored time come into play.

Consulting Lawyer to Review Parking Lot Regulations for City (Marion, Kan.)
March 11, 2020
City regulations for parking lots could change after council members cast a split vote Monday to direct the planning and zoning commission to have the regulations reviewed by consulting lawyer Brad Jantz.

City Creates Parking Committee (Whitefish, Mont.)
March 11, 2020
The City of Whitefish has created a parking permit committee to look at parking in downtown. The committee is expected to provide suggestions and feedback with respect to a pilot employee parking permit program, and also evaluate potential residential parking permit programs.

City Parking Study Does Not Recommend Creating Additional Parking Downtown (Paducah, Ky.)
March 9, 2020
The city of Paducah is now another step closer to developing the downtown parking lot on Water Street, between Jefferson and Kentucky Avenue, into a hotel and event space.

Flagstaff (Ariz.) Municipal Court Brings 154 Parking Spaces, but Residents Want More
March 8, 2020
As Flagstaff city staff continue to work on creating more parking downtown, Flagstaff residents still want more from the Flagstaff Municipal Court project.

Amid Wholesale Changes, a Guide to Parking in Downtown Newark (Del.)
March 4, 2020
As Newark's Main Street, the main hub of restaurants and shopping, undergoes a $12 million renovation, the city has been working with an outside consultant to improve downtown parking and alleviate residents' concerns. The city has long battled a perception, perhaps amplified by months of construction, that parking is a nuisance deterring some from traveling downtown.

Wausau (Wis.) River District Clears up Confusion Behind Downtown Parking
March 4, 2020
If you ever visit downtown Wausau and you get confused about where and how to park, you're not alone.

Pay-By-App Parking Option Coming to Birmingham (Ala.)
March 2, 2020
A new pay-by-app parking option is coming to Birmingham. The Birmingham City Council voted last week to approve an agreement with on-street, reservation and event parking app ParkMobile to add pay-by-app services to existing meters. The agreement is for 8,000 parking spaces for a term of three years.

Sullivan's Island (S.C.) Moves Forward With Study to Evaluate Paid Parking Plan
March 2, 2020
It's a vote that could change the nature and feel of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and a concern some locals have about the possibility of paying to park. If you’re out at dinner on Sullivan’s Island on a Friday or Saturday evening, it’s not always easy to find parking in front of the restaurants on Middle Street.

Parking Meters, Sensors Coming to Downtown Leavenworth (Wash.)
March 2, 2020
The days of people being able to park downtown all day for free are coming to an end. Meters will be added throughout the downtown core, and vehicle detection sensors will be added to those stalls and the paid parking lots to help with enforcement. Free lots will remain unpaid for now.

Attleboro (Mass.) Mayor Seeks More Parking, Fewer Tickets
March 2, 2020
Mayor Paul Heroux says the city is taking short-term and long-term steps to improve the parking situation in the downtown business area.

New Suffolk (N.Y.) Traffic, Parking Study Outlines Several Recommendations That Will Be Further Reviewed
February 28, 2020
A recently completed traffic and parking study focused on the New Suffolk area outlined several recommendations that will be further reviewed by Southold Town and the public, although any changes are unlikely to be implemented by this summer. The Town Board voted Tuesday to accept the New Suffolk Comprehensive Traffic and Parking study, drafted by engineers from the firm AKRF.

Columbus’ (Ga.) ‘Big Small Town’ Mentality Part of the Uptown Parking Meter Debate, Officials Say
February 28, 2020
At the end of a public input meeting Thursday at the Civic Center to discuss the possibility of parking meters being installed in the uptown area, Mayor Skip Henderson said he had “not a clue” what to do about the situation. He said Columbus is a “very big small town” of people who love being able to park at the door of a business. But that mentality was the root of discussion at the meeting, where city officials, councilors, uptown business owners and concerned citizens gathered to try to make sense of what impact parking meters could have and how they could best be implemented.

Report: Parking in Downtown Spartanburg (S.C.) ‘Underpriced’
February 28, 2020
The problem isn’t the number of spaces — with 3,200, many of which are housed within four public parking garages, there’s “plenty,” according to Todd Litman, owner of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization based out of Canada. In a report completed on Jan. 24, he says that the city should do a better job managing these spaces. One recommendation given: the city should charge more for parking.

Corvallis (Ore.) Dives Into Parking Audit
February 24, 2020
Corvallis is wading back into a discussion of parking, with the release of information and meetings to discuss the data set to extend for the next few months. The city has commissioned a series of white papers on parking, with Portland transportation and parking consultant Rick Williams providing the data and analysis.

Bloomington (Ind.) to Upgrade Two Downtown Parking Lots From Meters to Single Pay Kiosks
February 24, 2020
Beginning in March, two downtown parking lots will be upgraded from single meters to one pay station for a six month-long trial study, according to a press release from the City of Bloomington.

Study Recommends Augusta (Maine) Charge Hourly for Downtown Water Street Parking
February 23, 2020
A report on parking in downtown Augusta, Maine, recommends charging by the hour for parking on Water Street to free up prime spots for shoppers, diners and other short-term parkers. The report’s aim is to encourage longer-term parkers, including downtown workers and residents, to park in several off-street parking lots where spaces often go unused. Overall, the study found there is adequate parking downtown, both now and to accommodate projected growth there.

Study Recommends Augusta (Maine) Charge Hourly for Downtown Water Street Parking
February 23, 2020
A traffic study commissioned by the city of Augusta indicates there is enough parking downtown but it is not being used properly.

Study Finds Parking Available in Downtown Astoria (Ore.)
February 21, 2020
Few issues are thornier than the availability of parking downtown. Some swear off shopping or dining because of it, while others consider Astoria spoiled compared to cities where people pay to park several blocks from their destination. But a parking study and survey by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association has concluded that, aside from some small pockets and specific times, finding parking is fairly easy.

City of Wheeling (W.Va.) Suspends Parking Tickets
March 30, 2020
City streets seem relatively quiet in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but Wheeling officials are working to help bring a 21st century edge to the downtown business district once the hustle and bustle returns. Last week, officials in the city of Wheeling suspended ticketing for parking violations in response to the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jim Justice in the wake of the unfolding pandemic.

Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall Orders City to Stop Ticketing Parked Vehicles, Give Free Parking at Meters
March 29, 2020
Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall repeals 'force of law' proclamation, adds new proclamation to reduce parking enforcement.

Pasadena (Calif.) Changes Parking Policy, for Now
March 27, 2020
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pasadena’s Department of Transportation has temporarily modified its parking policy to reduce the financial burden on residents and local businesses.

Changes Made to Parking Restrictions, Garage Rates Reduced Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (Boston, Mass.)
March 27, 2020
Several places around Boston are making changes to parking rules for residents and medical professionals amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Renaissance garage, Boston Common garage and Prudential Center garage have reduced rates for those with a medical identification.

City of Spokane (Wash.) Suspends Use of Parking Meters, Preventing COVID-19 Exposure
March 25, 2020
The City of Spokane is suspending the use of parking meters and City-operated parking lot payment devices, all to curb the exposure to COVID-19 on meter surfaces. The City made the announcement on Twitter, explaining that the suspension does not apply to ‘no parking’ zones, commercial loading zones, taxi zones and special loading zones.

North Bergen (N.J.) Offers Free Parking to Encourage Residents to Stay at Home
March 25, 2020
North Bergen is removing one worry from residents’ shoulders amid the COVID-19 pandemic: the need to find parking. In a March 25 COVID-19 update, all parking ticketing remains suspended throughout the township. No parking tickets will be issued until further notice.

Portland’s (Ore.) Parking Enforcement Continues Despite Stay at Home Order, City Garages Open
March 24, 2020
Portland’s city-owned parking garages remain open and on-street parking enforcement crews are still patrolling despite Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home ordered issued Monday. John Brady, a Bureau of Transportation spokesman, said the city agency is “grateful for the clarity” of Brown’s executive order.

Seattle Closes Parking Lots at 8 Popular Parks in Response to COVID-19
March 25, 2020
The City of Seattle is closing the parking lots at eight popular parks to discourage people from gathering and hanging out in groups, which is now a violation of Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-home order.

Parking Lots at State Parks, Beaches in Bay Area Closed to Keep Large Crowds Away (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
March 24, 2020
Along the coast today, state parks officials are working to keep large crowds away from popular beaches. On Tuesday, along the coast in San Mateo County, all of the parking lots at state beaches are closed as state parks try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Public Parking Lots Throughout City of San Diego Closed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic to Prevent Gathering
March 23, 2020
All public parking lots at parks and beaches in the city of San Diego will remain closed Monday to discourage gatherings and encourage social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. City officials took the step Sunday in response to crowds gathering over the weekend.

Department of Transportation Suspends Some Parking Enforcement During Health Crisis (Montgomery County, Md.)
March 23, 2020
Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation plans to suspend and relax parking enforcement amid the COVID-19 health crisis, according to a press release. In Residential Permit zones that consist of non-metered, on-street parking, parking enforcement has been suspended. For the remainder of the COVID-19 health crisis, any vehicles without residential permits may park in those areas.

City of Pittsfield (Mass.) Adds New Grab-And-Go Zones; Modifies Parking Enforcement
March 23, 2020
As part of the City of Pittsfield’s effort to support local businesses offering take-out and delivery services, the city will be providing temporary “graband-go” zones throughout downtown for curbside food pickup. The zones will be in effect starting Wednesday, March 25.

Berkeley (Calif.) Suspends Some Parking Enforcement Through April 7 During Coronavirus Shelter-In-Place
March 23, 2020
Meters, residential permits and other parking enforcement rules have been suspended temporarily in Berkeley to limit the spread of COVID-19. Safety-related violation will still be enforced. City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley ordered the temporary suspension “to make it easier to shelter in place,” according to a statement released Sunday.

City of White Rock to Close Waterfront Parking Lots to Help Slow Spread of COVID-19 (Canada)
March 22, 2020
The City of White Rock has announced it will temporarily close its waterfront parking lots as part of an effort to reduce the number of people visiting the city’s popular pier and promenade.

City of Seattle Temporarily Easing Some Parking Restrictions
March 21, 2020
Seattle is temporarily easing some parking restrictions to better support residents and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Saturday.

City Of Pasadena (Calif.) Temporarily Modifies Parking Policy
March 20, 2020
Parking garages will continue to operate as normal, but operations are being closely monitored and may be modified as necessary.

Sheehan Says Albany (N.Y.) City Parking Rules Remain in Place
March 19, 2020
Mayor Kathy Sheehan said on Thursday she would not lift city rules on alternate-side parking during the COVID-19 outbreak. Several council members, including Councilman Owusu Anane had approached Sheehan’s office, asking that the rules be lifted.

City of Boulder (Colo.) Adjusts Parking Management During the COVID-19 Emergency
March 18, 2020
City of Boulder facilities and offices are currently closed to the public and non-essential staff through March 29, due to the COVID-19 emergency. The city’s priority is to protect the health and safety of our community and staff while maintaining continuity of all essential services. The city’s parking enforcement professionals are currently prioritizing safety violations in order to maintain access of fire lanes, fire hydrants, driveways, loading areas and lines of sight.

COVID-19: West Hollywood Suspends Permit Parking and Other Parking Regulations
March 16, 2020
In its latest response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, West Hollywood is immediately suspending the following parking regulations until March 31:

Some Parking in Downtown Ann Arbor (Mich.) Now Free Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
March 16, 2020
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, with seven reported cases of COVID-19 illness in Washtenaw County and 53 across Michigan so far, parking in downtown Ann Arbor is now free for a while. The Downtown Development Authority, a branch of city government that manages the public parking system, has instituted free parking effective Monday, March 16, for much of the parking system — with some exceptions.

Bill de Blasio Says Coronavirus Fears Could Halt Alternate-Side Parking (New York, N.Y.)
March 16, 2020
Alternate-side parking may be suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic gripping the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday morning as he laid out what’s next for the Big Apple.

Bloomfield (N.J.) Suspends Alternate Side Parking Rules & Parking Meter Enforcement
March 14, 2020
In an effort to help local businesses struggling from the lack of traffic as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, Bloomfield will be suspending parking meter enforcement immediately. This comes after the township announced that it would be suspending alternate side parking rules for the rest of March.

Portland Won’t Tow Abandoned Cars in Some Areas Amid Coronavirus Fears, but Street Parking Isn’t Free
March 14, 2020
Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said Friday night the city would not tow or write additional tickets for abandoned vehicles, a move that comes amid weeks-long school closures and public facilities shuttering amid coronavirus fears. Eudaly made the announcement in a tweet and said the policy would be effective as long as Portland remains in a state of emergency. Eudaly oversees the transportation bureau.

City to Improve Parking Through Enforcement (New Braunfels, Texas)
March 13, 2020
The city of New Braunfels plans to implement new parking-enforcement measures this year as part of an effort to improve the availability and usage of downtown parking.

With Schools Closing Next Week, Jersey City (N.J.) to Suspend Street Sweeper Parking Rules
March 13, 2020
The Jersey City Division of Parking will be suspending street sweeper parking next week since people are being encouraged to work from home and the public schools will be closed due to rising concerns about the coronavirus.

Camden (N.Y.) Board Adopts Overnight Parking Ban
March 12, 2020
There will be no overnight parking on any village street for the rest of the year and beyond, according to Camden Police. Police officials have announced that the Camden Village Board has adopted a new parking policy prohibiting any and all overnight parking on every street in the village, all year round.

City Limits Center Parking on Main (Sealy, Texas)
March 11, 2020
For anyone who has not heard by now, it is illegal to park trucks, vans, SUVs, and other large vehicles in the center parking spots downtown on Main Street. The Sealy City Council made its new ordinance official at its March 3 meeting when it unanimously approved the parking prohibition on its second reading.

Walla Walla (Wash.) Looks to Improve Parking Enforcement
March 11, 2020
A new tool for enforcing city parking laws and an officer to use it could be in the Walla Walla Police Department’s near future. Walla Walla City Council is scheduled to approve a $29,882.58 automated license plate recognition system at its regular meeting tonight.

Pavement Parking Ban Could Be Introduced to Help Pedestrians (England)
March 11, 2020
A ban on parking on pavements across England could be introduced to help pedestrians, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The Government will consult on whether to give local authorities more power to tackle the problem.

Code Enforcement Officers Could Soon Be Writing Parking Tickets in Tampa
March 9, 2020
The City of Tampa is working to address the need for more parking enforcement by training their Code Enforcement Officers to issue citations.

City of Newburgh (N.Y.) Adopts New Digital Parking Enforcement Software
March 9, 2020
The City of Newburgh, N.Y. has launched a new digital parking enforcement software, powered by Passport, a leader in mobility management solutions for municipalities. The cloud-based software will allow enforcement officers to more efficiently and accurately identify if cars are complying with parking rates and rules and issue parking citations.

Another Round of Parking Changes Likely Coming to Sewickley (Pa.)
March 9, 2020
The Sewickley Parking Authority is considering adjusting enforcement hours and rates in response to feedback from community members. According to board member Andreas Schulze Ising, the board voted at its Feb. 24 meeting to craft a resolution that includes several key changes.

$15 Portsmouth (N.H.) Parking Tickets Are Ignored. Guess What’s Next?
March 4, 2020
Parking ticket fines haven’t been increased in seven years and are so low, tourists will ignore them instead of moving their vehicles, according to Parking Director Ben Fletcher, who is recommending increases for a list of parking violations.

Best Way to Solve Downtown Pensacola (Fla.) Parking Issues? Consultant Says Do Nothing — for Now
February 28, 2020
The best way to solve parking problems in downtown Pensacola — at least for now — is to do nothing at all, according to the company hired by the Downtown Improvement Board to consult on parking issues. Greg Darden, with Structured Parking Solutions, presented his company's recommendations at the DIB's meeting Friday morning. The recommendation comes after the DIB decreased the physical boundaries of the area where it enforces parking.

People Parking on Sidewalks an Issue in Brooke County (W.Va.)
February 28, 2020
People in Brooke County have concerns over a parking situation along Route 2. While some have had issues with the narrow roads leaving little room for vehicles, the alternative has left pedestrians frustrated. In any given day, there are at least a dozen vehicles parked on the sidewalk, some completely blocking the path.

Parking Ticket Fines Based On Your Income Proposed In Boston
February 26, 2020
A Boston City Councilor would like to see parking ticket fines based on how much money a driver makes. City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia introduced her hearing order proposal at the council’s weekly meeting Wednesday at City Hall. She believes income-based parking tickets would ease the financial burden on lower-income families because they would pay a smaller fine when they get a ticket in Boston.

“Beginning February 29, DPW Will Issue $150 Tickets to Any Motorist Improperly Standing, Stopping or Parking in a Bike Lane.” (Washington, D.C.)
February 26, 2020
DPW has increased its bike lane enforcement program by mobilizing 26 new Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO’s) and giving the entire PEO team–now nearly 300 strong–the ability to photograph vehicles blocking bike lanes. DPW’s bike lane enforcement program supports Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries for road users by 2024.

Suit: Portland (Ore.) Fails to Enforce Parking Ban Near Crosswalks
February 24, 2020
For most drivers in Portland, the absence of a yellow curb or city parking sign is usually interpreted as a good place to park their cars. But a new $5.9 million lawsuit claims Portland is knowingly ignoring Oregon law by allowing drivers to park too close to crosswalks and intersections, blocking the view of oncoming pedestrians and traffic.

Bozeman (Mont.) Business Boom: Mobile Retailers Left With Limited Parking Due to New City Ordinance
February 24, 2020
With Bozeman growing at a daily rate finding a parking space downtown can be difficult. A new city ordinance sought to help alleviate parking difficulties. But in the process, it left mobile vendors with a difficult parking predicament of their own.

Colorado Springs (Colo.) Extends All Evening Parking Meters to 4 Hours
February 21, 2020
Colorado Springs has extended the time vehicles can remain in metered spaces downtown and in Old Colorado City to up to four hours after 6 p.m. The longer time replaces the one- and two-hour limits on some meters between 6 and 10 p.m., the city said.

COVID-19 Crimps Downtown Minneapolis (Minn.) Parking Business
March 24, 2020
Interstate Parking has about 9,000 drivers with monthly parking contracts at its 20 ramps and 33 surface lots in the Twin Cities. So far just 2% of customers have canceled contracts after the COVID-19 outbreak, even though many businesses have begun work-at-home policies, said CEO Paul Schnettler.

As Stay-At-Home Orders Spread, Deliveries Speed Up
March 24, 2020
Rush hour deliveries in cities undergoing the most extensive lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19 are roughly 13% to 27% faster than they were before the lockdown measures went into effect, according to data provided to Supply Chain Dive by digital freight broker Convoy.

MARTA Sees Ridership Plummet, Joins Other Transit Agencies in Seeking Federal Relief (Atlanta, Ga.)
March 23, 2020
MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker is joining other transit agency leaders to ask for billions in federal relief. In a letter to U.S. congressional leaders, the transit chiefs from cities including Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco write, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a national disaster" and "the looming financial catastrophe is clear." Overall ridership on the systems, they say, has "plummeted every day – dropping as much as 90% in some cases."

Austin (Texas) Converts Over 100 Paid Parking Spots to Temporary Food Pickup Zones
March 23, 2020
Many Austin restaurants and food trucks pivoted to takeout and delivery service last week as a result of the city’s mandate to shut down dine-in service in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. In order to make it easier for people to actually pick up food during the pandemic, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) has designated free food pickup parking zones throughout the city.

Update: Parking Industry Urges Congress and White House to Provide Emergency Financial Relief
March 22, 2020
Facing unprecedented catastrophic losses due to a more than 80 percent reduction in parking demand, the nation's parking industry has requested that Congress and the White House provide immediate financial relief.

Coronavirus: Asbury Park (N.J.) Suspends Metered Parking, E-Scooters and Bike Share Program
March 22, 2020
In the wake of statewide social distancing restrictions in place in New Jersey Asbury Park has changed several elements of its transportation program, including suspending metered paid parking, as well as its e-scooter program and bike share program.

Will Scooters Survive the COVID-19 Crisis?
March 20, 2020
As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps the globe, micromobility companies face tough choices to balance operational targets with the threats of a growing health crisis, and cities weigh whether the transportation options could pose as a source for the spread of disease.

Wi-Fi Being Offered to Those in Need in Bulloch County (Ga.)
March 18, 2020
The RV parking lot at the Bulloch County Ag Arena is now a giant internet cafe for people if they don’t have internet access.

SUVs and Pickups Too Big for Many Garages and Public Parking Spaces
March 16, 2020
USA Today surveyed the automotive landscape and took note of how many biggie-sized SUVs and pickups don't fit our medium-sized world. Buyers are having more trouble fitting their body-on-frame purchases into their standard home garages and municipal parking spaces, and the issue is likely to get worse.

Walmart's Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Sites Will Be Hosted on the 'Far Edge' of Store Parking Lots, Internal Memo Says
March 15, 2020
Walmart is working with the federal government to set up drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in some of its stores' parking lots.

Coronavirus Test System Will Rely on Online Screening and Parking-Lot Sampling Sites
March 13, 2020
The Trump administration says it will set up a nationwide screening and testing system for coronavirus that relies upon online self-screening and drive-through sampling stations in store parking lots. Lots of details about the system have yet to be fleshed out.

Parking So Prime, the Car Is Optional (New York, N.Y.)
March 13, 2020
Car owners know that circling the block for a spot and moving the car for alternate side parking is just a part of life, unless they’re willing to pay for a parking space. But for some New Yorkers, an unused space in a parking garage or an extra spot in the driveway is a valuable piece of real estate and an easy way to earn extra income.

Santa Clara County (Calif.) Seeks Space to Provide Safe Parking
March 11, 2020
In a candid plea to Palo Alto and Mountain View, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian said that he needs "a whole lotta lots" for local cities' safe parking programs, which aims to identify sites that could be used by vehicle dwellers 24 hours a day.

ULI Releases New Edition of Shared Parking
March 9, 2020
The newest edition of Shared Parking, a crucial resource for estimating, planning, and implementing parking across the most diversified use cases for mixed-use development, was released by ULI, the National Parking Association (NPA), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

How the 5 Largest US Transit Systems Are Handling Coronavirus
March 9, 2020
The global outbreak of the new coronavirus has both U.S. officials and residents on high alert, particularly in cities where coming into close quarters with a stranger is an inevitable reality. As health officials urge individuals take preventative actions to avoid exposure to and spread of the virus, some common spaces are necessary for the public to occupy — such as mass transit.

Premium SEO Friendly Parking Domains for Sale or Lease by Parking Management Services of America (PMSA)
March 8, 2020
For the first time, PMSA is now making available multiple premium and search engine optimized (SEO) parking domains for purchase or lease. These premium domains include ParkingLosAngeles.com and ParkingSanDiego.com among others!

Keeping Parking Meters Clean Takes on New Urgency in Light of Coronavirus
March 6, 2020
Marlonn Wright, a city of Berkeley parking meter maintenance worker, spends his mornings scrubbing some of the city’s 2,500 parking meters. Early Thursday, he worked his route along University Avenue near San Pablo Avenue. Coronavirus has added a new sense of urgency to his job, Wright said.

2% of Scooters Are Improperly Parked: Study
March 5, 2020
Micromobility has taken cities and their curbsides by storm. Improperly parked scooters have become a major source of complaints among city residents, leaders and disability rights advocates. But the attention paid to improperly parked scooters might actually be overshadowing the real culprits of most parking violations: cars.

City Puts Kibosh on Idea of Building Apartments Over Roslindale Square Parking Lot (Boston, Mass.)
March 4, 2020
The Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and the city Housing Innovation Lab say they've given up on the idea of putting an apartment building over the Taft Hill municipal parking lot in Roslindale Square - but will continue to look at ways of using other city property to increase the amount of affordable housing in Roslindale, a neighborhood they say have fallen below citywide averages.

Density, Parking Concerns Voiced Over Proposed Salvation Army Building Conversion (Harrisburg, Pa.)
March 4, 2020
Density and parking emerged as the two principal concerns of Harrisburg residents on Wednesday night, as neighbors got their first chance to voice opinions publicly over a proposed residential conversion of the Salvation Army building.

Lime, Bird, Bolt, Razor Lose Appeals to Operate in DC
February 28, 2020
Lime, Bird, Bolt and Razor are set to leave the District on April 1 after losing their appeals to continue operating in the city. Until then, the operators will need to continue following the 2019 guidelines regarding fleet sizes.

Walmart Designates Reserved Parking Spaces for Law Enforcement
February 28, 2020
The spaces are a sign of appreciation for on- and off-duty officers to use when shopping, the company said.

Drivers Spend Less Time Looking for Parking in Queens (N.Y.) Than Most of the City: Report
February 26, 2020
While finding a parking space in Queens can be a stressful test in patience and persistence, a new report found that the borough’s drivers have it better than most of the city. According to a report from Zipcar, Queens drivers spend an average 17 minutes trying to find a parking space. Only drivers from Staten Island reported that they could find a space faster — but only by one minute.

Fitzhugh Parking Lot Recommended for Fair Park Community Park (Dallas, Texas)
February 26, 2020
After years of meetings and studies, a Fitzhugh Avenue parking lot is now the recommended location for the community park promised by Fair Park First, the non-profit group operating Dallas' Fair Park.

Bicycle Races Through a Crystal City Parking Garage Returns in March (Arlington, Va.)
February 24, 2020
Throughout the month, several races will weave through the parking garage at 201 12th Street S. The sixth annual event series, organized by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, is billed as “the area’s only underground bike race.” The race hosts warned on the registration website that racing inside with low ceilings and concrete pillars can take a few minutes to get used to.

DIA Rejects Former Board Member's Parking Privatization Pitch (Jacksonville, Fla.)
February 24, 2020
The Downtown Investment Authority voted unanimously to reject Dane Grey's bid to privatize all city-owned downtown parking in its Feb. 21 board meeting, but it left the door open to privatizing some city-run parking functions.

Mobility Technology: Will Transport Revolution Live up to the Hype?
February 24, 2020
Over the past decade almost US$200 billion has been invested globally in mobility technology that promises to improve our ability to get around. More than US$33 billion was invested last year alone. Another measure of interest in this area is the number of unicorns, which has doubled in the past two years. A unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at US$1 billion or more. In early 2018 there were 22 travel and mobility unicorns. By last month the number had grown to 44.

If County Takes Over Mountain View's (Calif.) Safe Parking Lot for Homeless Vehicle-Dwellers, It Could Stay Open 24/7
February 24, 2020
Mountain View's fledgling safe parking program is poised to enlist some much-needed outside help to relocate some of the hundreds of homeless people currently living out of vehicles parked along city streets.

State Beach Parking Will Be Handled by New Vendor (R.I.)
February 21, 2020
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) recently announced that a new vendor will be operating and modernizing parking at the state’s eight surf beaches, come this summer. Following a competitive bidding process, the state has selected LAZ Parking to manage and improve parking conditions at the Ocean State’s beaches.

Downtown Parking Fees Drop to $5 a Day at Smartpark Garages (Portland, Ore.)
March 28, 2020
City Hall has slashed the rates to park in downtown Portland's five multi-story parking garages — with prices dropping to just $5 a day as of Friday, March 27. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, says the temporary reduction of the all-day rate will make life easier for downtown denizens and employees in critical industries who can't work from home.

City of Columbia (S.C.): Free Parking Meters and Garages in Wake of Coronavirus
March 23, 2020
Monday, the City of Columbia Parking Services announced the parking meters and parking garages in the city would be free. According to a release from City officials, “as the City of Columbia Parking Services Division continues to support efforts of social distancing and our entire business community; parking payments will not be required for on-street parking meters until further notice.”

Free Parking in Downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City in an Effort to Help Local Businesses
March 23, 2020
In an effort to help local restaurants in downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, the city is kicking paid parking to the curb. The City of Colorado Springs’ Parking Enterprise will suspend enforcement of parking meters, time-limited and non-metered parking areas along with booting. The offer is in place until April 30.

Town of West Hartford (Conn.) Offering Free 30-Minute On-Street Parking Until Further Notice
March 18, 2020
Parking will be free for 30 minutes for all on-street parking in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square, and the free short-term parking will remain in place until further notice, Town Manager Matt Hart said Wednesday.

Dewey Beach (Del.) Raises Parking Permit, Meter Fees
March 11, 2020
Dewey Beach commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 29 to raise most parking permit and meter fees while providing new discounts for employees of town businesses and business owners not physically located in town.

Town of Carolina Beach (N.C.) Votes to Increase Parking Rates
March 10, 2020
Carolina Beach will soon have the highest parking rates of any beach town in New Hanover County. Town Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night in favor of increases.

Another Round of Parking Changes Likely Coming to Sewickley (Pa.)
March 9, 2020
The Sewickley Parking Authority is considering adjusting enforcement hours and rates in response to feedback from community members. According to board member Andreas Schulze Ising, the board voted at its Feb. 24 meeting to craft a resolution that includes several key changes.

Park Downtown? You'll Soon See a Hefty Rate Hike at This Buffalo Parking Garage
March 9, 2020
If you park at the One Seneca parking ramp in downtown Buffalo, you're about to see parking rates rise. Beginning May 1, 2020, rates will increase from $60 a month, to $106 a month.

Nighttime Parking Rates Along Washington Avenue Increase (Houston, Texas)
March 4, 2020
Washington Avenue bar hoppers can expect to start shelling out more money for nighttime parking after the Washington Avenue Corridor Parking Benefit District recently approved a tax rate hike for certain meters during weekend hours, Community Impact Newspaper reported.

Sullivan's Island (S.C.) Moves Forward With Study to Evaluate Paid Parking Plan
March 2, 2020
It's a vote that could change the nature and feel of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and a concern some locals have about the possibility of paying to park. If you’re out at dinner on Sullivan’s Island on a Friday or Saturday evening, it’s not always easy to find parking in front of the restaurants on Middle Street.

Springfield (Ohio) Looking to Implement Paid Parking in Downtown
February 29, 2020
The City of Springfield is looking at ways to implement paid parking in the downtown area as construction on a three-story public parking garage is expected to be completed soon.

Report: Parking in Downtown Spartanburg (S.C.) ‘Underpriced’
February 28, 2020
The problem isn’t the number of spaces — with 3,200, many of which are housed within four public parking garages, there’s “plenty,” according to Todd Litman, owner of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization based out of Canada. In a report completed on Jan. 24, he says that the city should do a better job managing these spaces. One recommendation given: the city should charge more for parking.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Increases Daily Vehicle Parking Pass Rate by $1
February 27, 2020
Daily parking pass fees at each of Colorado’s 41 state parks will increase by $1 beginning Sunday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Friday that a daily vehicle parking pass is now $9 at most parks, including Highline Lake State Park and other Western Slope parks.

Carolina Beach (N.C.) Could Be Raising Parking Rates to $5 an Hour, Doubling the Current Cost
February 26, 2020
Big changes could be coming to Carolina Beach when it comes to parking as Town Council works to adjust just how the town runs its 19 parking lots. Right now, the town charges $2.50 an hour to park in lots, but if things go according to plan that rate could double and the length of the parking season could also see an extension.

Increase in Hinsdale (Ill.) Vehicle Sticker Fee May Pay for Loss in Parking Meter Revenue
February 24, 2020
Hinsdale car and truck owners will pay $8 more for their vehicle stickers this year. The increase is the first of several changes village officials plan to implement once the new downtown parking garage opens this summer.

Getting There: Process of Changing Downtown Parking to Dynamic, Tiered System Moves Forward (Spokane, Wash.)
February 24, 2020
Feed a meter all day at a series of two-hour downtown Spokane on-street parking spots, and it will cost you $13.20. Sit in the spot all day and skip paying for it altogether, and an expired meter citation will cost you $15. That $1.80 difference is just one of a number of examples of what’s wrong with parking in downtown Spokane.

Paid Parking Looming: Here’s What You Need to Know When Visiting the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Area
February 21, 2020
If you’re a resident in the Myrtle Beach area or are planning a visit, there’s a few things you should know ahead of the start of the paid parking season.

Lansdale (Pa.) SEPTA Garage to Close Tonight, Monday, March 23
March 23, 2020
With quarantines continuing and "social distancing" now the norm, parking in Lansdale is about to become a bit harder. SEPTA announced Monday that garages in Lansdale and Norristown will be closing their doors this week, for the foreseeable future.

City of Clarksville (Tenn.) Plans More Work on Downtown Parking Lot
March 23, 2020
Repair work will continue this week on the City of Clarksville’s Cumberland Plaza parking lot on Second Street across from the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

County to Award Bid for Parking Garage Repairs (Greenville, Texas)
March 22, 2020
The Hunt County Commissioners Court is expected next week to approve repairs to the parking garage at the Paul Mathews Exchange Building. The awarding of the almost $500,000 bid is included as part of a special session of the commissioners court, starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville.

Virginia Parking Garage Being Converted Into Field Hospital for ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Amid Coronavirus Spread
March 20, 2020
A hospital near the nation’s capital is preparing for the “worse case scenario” when it comes to the spread of coronavirus, and they’re doing it in a parking garage, in ten days. NBC4 Washington reports that Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg is creating a field hospital to help with emergency room overflow.

City Withdraws Appeal On Property Next To Parking Garage (Bloomington, Ind.)
March 20, 2020
Bloomington is dropping its eminent domain appeal and moving ahead with construction of the Fourth Street Garage at the existing site. The city announced today it had withdrawn its Notice of Appeals to obtain the property at 222 South Walnut Street. The city wanted to acquire the land, owned by realtor Juan Carlos Carrasquel, so it could expand the Fourth Street Parking Garage onto the site.

Parking Garage Under Streeterville Cinema Trades for $33M (Chicago, Ill.)
March 18, 2020
A parking lot for a mixed-use building in Chicago sold to an Ohio-based asset management company for $33 million, Cook County records show.

New Deck to Bring over 700 Parking Spaces Downtown (Birmingham, Ala.)
March 18, 2020
Parking—it’s a headache sometimes. Now that downtown Birmingham is bustling with new business, restaurants, apartments and hotels, where are we going to park? Well, we’re just in luck. The city’s Design Review Committee recently gave the thumbs up for a new parking deck downtown.

Historic Downtown Los Angeles (Calif.) Garage Readies for Office Revamp
March 17, 2020
Markwood, an investment and development firm based in Beverly Hills, is converting the historic parking garage, formerly known as the May Company Garage, into a modern office space.

Bloomington’s (Ind.) New 4th Street Parking Garage on the Horizon
March 13, 2020
Members of the Bloomington Plan Commission reviewed and approved plans for the construction of a new Fourth Street parking garage this past Monday evening after seeing the presentation for the new design at their meeting. Construction is due to begin around August 3 and will last 12 months. Opening day is expected to be on August 13, 2021 10 days before Indiana University begins their fall semester that year.

Greenwich (Conn.) Town Hall Parking Garage Repairs Are Underway
March 13, 2020
The Town Hall parking garage is undergoing repair. The work is a capital improvement project that has been in the works for a while and is now ready to begin.

A Simple but Essential Improvement (Hastings, Neb.)
March 13, 2020
Work is scheduled to begin Monday to repave and beautify a downtown parking lot that one local official said looks “like a mine field.” The project includes reconstruction of the parking lot at First Street and Lincoln Avenue.

2 Downtown Las Vegas Parking Garages Turned Into Uber Staging Areas
March 12, 2020
Just in time for this weekend, Uber drivers in downtown Las Vegas will have two new safe staging areas to park while they wait for customers to hail rides. A new Uber staging program kicks off Friday at a pair of transformed city-owned parking garages.

Redwood City (Calif.): $58M Price Tag for County Parking Garage OK’d
March 11, 2020
Unprecedented construction in the Bay Area and a resulting worker shortage helped drive up the price of the San Mateo County government parking garage in Redwood City by $11.2 million. Adam Ely, director of project development, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that sustainability features such as 124 electric vehicle charging stations also contributed to the $58.2 million cost.

Parking Improvements Planned in City of Erie (Pa.)
March 11, 2020
Plans to upgrade parking facilities around Erie will enter a new phase this spring. Work is expected shortly on the West 9th Street parking garage, which is near Gannon University. The plan is to replace the parking meters with more current technology.

Council Clears FIS Parking Garage Agreement (Jacksonville, Fla.)
March 11, 2020
City Council approved a land agreement March 10 with Fidelity National Information Services Inc. for a parking garage to serve the company’s proposed world headquarters in Brooklyn.

Fort Wayne (Ind.) City Council OKs Final Funding Piece for Two Downtown Developments
March 10, 2020
Two major downtown Fort Wayne developments will move forward after the last piece of funding was approved March 10. Both are multi-use developments, with parking garages in the interior, wrapped with apartments, retail and commercial space.

Downtown Parking Lot to Receive ADA Upgrade (Clarksville, Tenn.)
March 9, 2020
Pride Concrete, a local contractor, will soon begin work to add another accessible parking space and resurface an existing accessible space in the City of Clarksville’s Cumberland Plaza parking lot on Second Street across from the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

Contracts Awarded for $10 Million Binghamton (N.Y.) Parking Project
March 4, 2020
The city of Binghamton has awarded bids on several construction contracts for a long-delayed downtown parking garage. The project site is at 7 Hawley Street, just west of City Hall. The $10 million facility is expected to provide 300 parking spaces.

350 Parking Spaces in Downtown Redding (Calif.) to Be Demolished on Wednesday, March 4
March 3, 2020
The south parking structure in downtown Redding will start getting demolished tomorrow, March 4. About 350 parking spots will be lost when the structure gets torn down, according to the Redding Police Department (RPD).

Fourth Street Crossing Construction on Schedule as Plans for Another Fourth Street Development Take Shape (Silverthorne, Colo.)
March 2, 2020
While winter construction can be tricky in Summit County, residents have noticed that pieces of the Fourth Street Crossing development in Silverthorne, namely the parking structure, are popping up at the construction site.

Sounder Parking Garage Project Moving Forward in Kent (Wash.)
February 28, 2020
A second Kent Sounder Station parking garage for train commuters remains two years away from construction, but Sound Transit recently approved the parking and access improvements. Agency staff also received Sound Transit Board approval to purchase five full parcels and 19 easements in order to build a garage that will have up to 534 parking stalls, according to Sound Transit.

Ground Sturdy for Potential Parking Deck at Depot Lot in Fayetteville (Ark.), Engineers Say
February 26, 2020
A parking deck would fit at the depot lot and the ground beneath should be able to bear the weight, according to an engineer's assessment. The City Council on Tuesday got an update on negotiation to put a parking deck at the northwest corner of West Avenue and Dickson Street. The deck would replace the spaces lost once the Walton Arts Center lot becomes the civic green space of the cultural arts corridor.

Another Boston Parking Lot Inches Toward Redevelopment
February 24, 2020
It’s one of the animating trends in Boston development now—the redevelopment of surface parking lots—and another such property is inching toward its second act.

Springfield (Mo.) to Demolish Dangerous Buildings Along Boonville to Make Way for Parking
February 24, 2020
The city of Springfield will begin demolishing three buildings along Boonville Avenue to make way for a paved municipal parking lot. The three structures have been acquired by the city over the past few years because they are considered dangerous.

Bloomington (Ind.) to Propose New Plan for Fourth Street Garage to Add Parking Spots
February 24, 2020
After a months-long legal battle, the City of Bloomington will present a new proposal for the Fourth Street garage to the Bloomington Plan Commission on March 9. The proposed plan will have about 540 spaces and seven floors. The original plan had about 510 parking spaces spread across six floors.

County to Replace Northwest Parking Lot at Courthouse (Shawnee County, Kan.)
February 24, 2020
The top layer of concrete in the parking lot just northwest of the Shawnee County Courthouse began to fail within six months of being poured, county counselor Jim Crowl told county commissioners Monday.

Aiken (S.C.) Considers Parking Garage Location, Additional Surface Street Parking Spots
February 20, 2020
Plans for more parking in downtown Aiken are being considered by city officials. The construction of a parking garage off Chesterfield Street next to the city's future headquarters in the former Regions Bank building and the creation of additional street parking along Newberry Street are two issues Aiken City Council members discussed at their Feb. 10 meeting and work session.

Downtown Design Review Committee Reviews Wright Street Parking Deck Design (Auburn, Ala.)
February 20, 2020
The Downtown Design Review Committee provided feedback for the final time on the city's planned municipal parking deck on Wright Street at its meeting on Tuesday. The committee previously reviewed plans for the parking deck last July, and generally voiced approval of the direction the city had taken.

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).

Fourth Street Crossing Construction on Schedule as Plans for Another Fourth Street Development Take Shape (Silverthorne, Colo.)
March 2, 2020
While winter construction can be tricky in Summit County, residents have noticed that pieces of the Fourth Street Crossing development in Silverthorne, namely the parking structure, are popping up at the construction site.

Ground Sturdy for Potential Parking Deck at Depot Lot in Fayetteville (Ark.), Engineers Say
February 26, 2020
A parking deck would fit at the depot lot and the ground beneath should be able to bear the weight, according to an engineer's assessment. The City Council on Tuesday got an update on negotiation to put a parking deck at the northwest corner of West Avenue and Dickson Street. The deck would replace the spaces lost once the Walton Arts Center lot becomes the civic green space of the cultural arts corridor. The city has been negotiating a public-private partnership with the owner of the lot, Greg House.

Texas A&M University Reveals Plans for $546M Medical Complex in Houston
February 21, 2020
Texas A&M University has announced a new three-building project in the Texas Medical Center that will bring a renovated space for its Engineering Medicine program, student housing, parking, retail, and more. The $546 million complex will be funded in part by a public-private partnership, according to a news release from the university.

'Starting Over at Square One': At Final Reading, Parking Amendment Sent Back to Planners (Seaside, Ore.)
March 25, 2020
Concerns about the loss of already limited parking downtown derailed an ordinance intended to address Seaside’s lack of affordable housing. The ordinance would have reduced parking requirements for apartments citywide, and lifted limits for residential units over commercial downtown businesses.

Downtown State College (Pa.) Parking Free Indefinitely, Permit Holders Can Freeze Accounts Until Normal Operations Resume
March 23, 2020
The borough of State College announced that parking in all of its downtown locations — including the Beaver Ave., Fraser Street, and Pugh Street garages, is free effective immediately. People who park their cars in downtown State College won’t be charged. The borough didn’t provide a concrete timeline for how long the free parking will last, but it’ll post updates about when normal parking operations might resume.

Iowa City Transportation Department Announces Changes for Parking Ramps, Bus Service
March 23, 2020
Parking will be free in Iowa City’s parking ramps during the COVID-19 emergency, the Iowa City Department of Transportation announced on Monday. But that doesn’t mean the department is encouraging people to come downtown.

Church Can Keep Tax Exemption Despite Receiving Money From Use of Parking Lot, Court Rules (Wis.)
March 20, 2020
A church in Wisconsin can legally maintain its tax exempt status even though it also receives donations from the use of its parking lot, a state appeals court panel has ruled. Central United Methodist Church of Milwaukee had been allowing patrons of The Rave/Eagles Club to park at its lot in return for donations to the church.

Bismarck (N.D.) City Staff Proposing to Reduce Parking Requirements
March 20, 2020
Bismarck city staff are proposing to reduce the number of parking spaces that businesses, office buildings and apartment buildings are required to provide based on their size. City officials say the proposed revisions reflect changes in society, and a downtown business leader says they could give a boost to the area.

Clear Space Solves Parking Requirements With Two Buildings (Rehoboth, Del.)
March 16, 2020
From the very beginning, code-required parking has been one of the biggest questions associated with Clear Space Theatre Company’s proposed theater on Rehoboth Avenue. It appears that question has been resolved with a new two-building design, instead of the one originally proposed.

Parking Variance Could Lead to New Restaurant in Clintonville’s (Ohio) Heart
March 16, 2020
The Clintonville Area Commission has paved the way for the redevelopment of an office building at the heart of Clintonville that would include space for a restaurant. The commission March 5 approved a variance reducing the required number of parking spaces for the structure at North High Street and North Broadway from 62 to 36.

Future Unclear for Janesville's (Wis.) Overnight Parking Ordinance
March 12, 2020
The future of overnight parking in Janesville is unclear with city council members split on how to address the issue. An amendment to Janesville's overnight parking ordinance allowing people to park and sleep overnight in the municipal parking lot on Jackson Street will expire March 31. The city council has only it's March 23 meeting scheduled before March 31, leaving limited opportunity to make a decision.

Commissioners Consider Parking Regulations Near Popular River Put-In Under Tamarack Bridge (Missoula, Mont.)
March 12, 2020
In an effort to increase safety and reduce congestion, Missoula County Commissioners are considering a resolution that would prohibit parking on portions of Tamarack Road and Juniper Drive near a popular river access point for floaters.

City Limits Center Parking on Main (Sealy, Texas)
March 11, 2020
For anyone who has not heard by now, it is illegal to park trucks, vans, SUVs, and other large vehicles in the center parking spots downtown on Main Street. The Sealy City Council made its new ordinance official at its March 3 meeting when it unanimously approved the parking prohibition on its second reading.

Longboat Key (Fla.) Plan Would Change Calculations for New Restaurant Parking
March 11, 2020
Restaurant parking proposal keeps staff and waiting customers in mind.

Consulting Lawyer to Review Parking Lot Regulations for City (Marion, Kan.)
March 11, 2020
City regulations for parking lots could change after council members cast a split vote Monday to direct the planning and zoning commission to have the regulations reviewed by consulting lawyer Brad Jantz.

Fort Wayne (Ind.) City Council OKs Final Funding Piece for Two Downtown Developments
March 10, 2020
Two major downtown Fort Wayne developments will move forward after the last piece of funding was approved March 10. Both are multi-use developments, with parking garages in the interior, wrapped with apartments, retail and commercial space.

Pittsburgh Mayor Introduces Bill to Ease Parking Requirements for Row Houses
March 9, 2020
Take a walk around upper Lawrenceville and you will notice something peculiar: a lot of newly developed row houses with parking garages. In many Pittsburgh neighborhoods, parking garages aren’t historically common. Especially in dense walkable neighborhoods. But as neighborhoods experience home flips and new development, many parking garages have followed.

Changes Proposed for Highlands Parking Program (State College, Pa.)
March 9, 2020
A year after the implementation of an overnight parking permit system pilot in State College's Highlands neighborhood, the borough is looking to make a change.

Bozeman (Mont.) City Commission Votes 3-2 in Favor of Creating a Downtown Parking Management District
March 4, 2020
The Bozeman City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a Downtown Parking Management District on Monday night. “We were having a conversation about developing a tool to put in our toolbox to help us resolve the issue of parking and the impacts that our growing and vibrant downtown has on the neighborhoods,” said Deputy Mayor Cyndy Andrus. The Downtown Parking Management District would create an area where the Parking Commission has the authority to establish Parking Benefit Zones.

Complaint Filed Against Homeless Parking Lot in Encinitas (Calif.)
March 4, 2020
The ongoing fight in Encinitas over a safe parking lot program took another turn as a complaint was filed against the program. The City of Encinitas recently voted to allow an overnight parking lot for homeless people, but the Safe Parking Program has received backlash from community members, who believe the parking lots should not be located in residential areas but instead in industrial locations.

City of Sandy (Ore.) Proposes Modifications to Parking Code
March 4, 2020
For years the city of Sandy has worked to make its downtown core more of a communal hub for business. Now, with a childcare shortage and a continued need of commercial businesses to fill vacancies in downtown, City Development Services Director Kelly O'Neill has proposed parking code changes, which he thinks could be a step in the right direction.

New Norwalk (Conn.) Beach Parking System Impact Remains Uncertain
February 27, 2020
Last summer, the parking lots at the city’s public beaches were speckled with out-of-state plates. But the scene could be much different this year if the Common Council approves an ordinance that would make a number of changes to the beach parking pass system. The most notable change will be people whose cars are not registered to the city would have to pay $250 for a beach parking pass.

Elk Grove Technology Park Hotel Owners Seek Parking Variance (Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
February 26, 2020
Elk Grove Village officials are working to schedule a plan commission meeting to consider a requested variance to the village code regarding parking at a planned Elk Grove Technology Park hotel.

Gas Tax, Ride-Hailing Hikes and Altering Tolls All Eyed in House Traffic Fix (Boston, Mass.)
February 25, 2020
A House transportation financing plan — being called a potential “generational change” for motorists — may include a gas tax hike, a bump in ride-hailing fees and altering tolls to encourage off-peak commuting all to help with Greater Boston’s nightmare traffic jams. Change is coming down the Pike for how transportation fixes are funded, one of Speaker Robert DeLeo’s top lieutenants told a crowd of environmental advocates Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

Smart Cities Council Releases COVID-19 Mitigation Tool
March 19, 2020
The Smart Cities Council has developed a new collaborative online tool for cities to mitigate their response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The platform, "Activator - COVID-19 Mitigation Roadmap," can help city leaders or task forces visualize their response plan and collaborate remotely.

The Largest US Parking Facility Is Transforming Into an Innovation Lab
March 18, 2020
Urban solutions accelerator City Tech Collaborative is helping to transform a 3.8 million-square-foot underground parking facility in Chicago, known as Millennium Garages, into the Millennium Gateway Innovation Lab. The lab will be a "cross-sector consortium" to implement new tech solutions that will utilize parking facilities like Millennium Garages — the largest downtown public parking system in the United States — to address today’s pressing urban pain points like congestion and EV charging infrastructure.

Transportation-Based Green New Deal Seeks Extra $37b in Federal Investment
March 18, 2020
Transit advocates have called for a public transportation-focused Green New Deal that would boost federal spending and prioritize maintenance over existing infrastructure projects, as agencies face dual threats of greenhouse gas emissions and the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Role Of End Users In Smart City Innovation
March 16, 2020
Most smart city workshops led by big consultancies move right into discussions about electric and autonomous vehicles, mass transit mobility, IoT, 5G, data, renewable energy and distributed grid, urban farming, smart buildings, innovation, and knowledge economy. But what’s often missing in these projects is the direct involvement of citizens, the end users of smart city solutions.

Micromobility Could Replace 51% of Chicago Car Trips: Report
March 16, 2020
Chicago should embrace micromobility, not just e-scooters, according to a new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The report includes scooter policy suggestions for Chicago as the city updates its guidelines following its initial four-month scooter pilot in 2019. The city should invest in micromobility infrastructure that can help improve congestion, livability and the environment, "but let companies pay e-scooter specific costs," the report reads.

2020 Will Be the Year of Making Smart Cities Sustainable
March 16, 2020
With half of the people in ASEAN already living in urban areas, governments in the region are increasingly looking to establish smart cities to make cities more livable, and offer new services and economic opportunities.

The Ride-Share of the Future: Pod Car That Helps You Breathe More Easily Too
March 12, 2020
Personal commuter pods that filter out toxic air are being designed as the future of driverless ride-sharing. Designers have turned their attention to “private-shared” transport that gives each passenger their own business class-style cabin.

Civic Group Calls on Congress to Rethink $305B Transport Bill
March 12, 2020
The Metropolitan Civic Leadership Alliance, a group of 10 civic organizations representing the country's largest metro regions, are calling on Congress to rethink the $305 billion federal transportation funding bill that is set to expire this fall.

IDC Names the Best North American Smart Cities
March 11, 2020
Winners of the IDC Smart Cities North American Awards were named in 11 categories, representing success and efficiency of smart city projects implemented across the country.

Sector Leaders Tout Smart Cities as Wise Investment
March 11, 2020
Global initiatives deploy technology to improve quality of life in urban centres

A Cyber View Of Smart Cities
March 4, 2020
There are innumerable definitions of smart cities with a large number of geopolitical connotations that leverage different foci on people, technology and capabilities. These various, often disparate, definitions result in a smart city terminology that appears vast and daunting.

San Diego Streetlights Might Reveal Community Inequalities
March 2, 2020
San Diego has over 3,000 smart streetlights that collect city data. While distribution of the tech is fairly even, police access streetlight data more frequently when it’s from neighborhoods of color, which raises concerns.

Don't Let 'Smart City' Buzzwords Confuse People, IT Leaders Say
February 28, 2020
According to a panel of officials at a technology summit in Washington D.C. on Thursday, the sales tactics behind “smart cities” products became transparent early in their searches for new technologies, but it can still be difficult to convey the purpose of a new civic tool to constituents when buzzwords dominate the conversation.

Uber, Privacy Groups Form Coalition to Fight City Data Collection
February 28, 2020
Uber is part of a new coalition, Communities Against Rider Surveillance (CARS), that is protesting Mobility Data Specifications (MDS) imposed by governments. The coalition comes amid a dispute between Uber and the City of Los Angeles over data-sharing requirements.

Transportation Is 'Climate Enemy #1': Report
February 25, 2020
With transportation as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group outlines "achievable" strategies to clean up the sector. The "Destination: Zero Carbon" report calls transportation "climate enemy #1" due to oversized vehicles, subsidized driving, inadequate transit, poor pedestrian infrastructure and car-dependent land use.

Sheffield’s Highway Network Gets UK’s Latest IoT-Based Smart City Technology
February 24, 2020
Sheffield City Council’s highways contractor, Amey, has partnered with technology company Connexin to build the UK’s latest Smart City, starting with digitised road assets connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Spin Deploys First Public Charging Hubs in Phoenix
February 24, 2020
Phoenix became the first U.S. city to install Spin's charging and parking stations for dockless scooters in the public right-of-way. The charging stations, known as Spin Hubs, are in two designated scooter corral areas near the sidewalk, which were chosen due to the high number of trips that end nearby.

Stafford Targeted to Become Virginia's First Smart Community
February 22, 2020
The downtown area envisioned for the Stafford County courthouse may someday be so technologically advanced that the amount of garbage in each trash can will be electronically monitored. Ultra-wide broadband will be abundant, as will smart energy, lighting, water and temperature controls that will be built into energy-efficient housing units and commercial buildings. Parking is part of the plan. “We’re looking to build a secure facility from the ground up,” said David Ihrie, chief technology officer of the Center for Innovative Technology. “Our goal is to make Stafford a model community for all of Virginia.”

Buffalo, N.Y., Mayor Outlines Extensive Smart City Plans
February 21, 2020
During his State of the City address on Thursday, Mayor Byron W. Brown outlined a laundry list of initiatives that fit into his vision for making Buffalo a smart and inclusive locale using technology to propel the city.

Robotic Parking Structure Coming to Seattle Cancer Center
March 25, 2020
When GLY Construction expands the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle’s South Lake Union, they’ll do so by using a three-level robotic parking garage, the largest in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the largest by scope and scale on the West Coast.

The Largest Us Parking Facility Is Transforming Into an Innovation Lab
March 18, 2020
Urban solutions accelerator City Tech Collaborative is helping to transform a 3.8 million-square-foot underground parking facility in Chicago, known as Millennium Garages, into the Millennium Gateway Innovation Lab. The lab will be a "cross-sector consortium" to implement new tech solutions that will utilize parking facilities like Millennium Garages — the largest downtown public parking system in the United States — to address today’s pressing urban pain points like congestion and EV charging infrastructure.

Hood River (Ore.) Introduces Passport Parking for Downtown Area
March 18, 2020
The City of Hood River announces the launch of the mobile app, Passport Parking, for downtown parking. With this digital upgrade, residents and visitors can now conveniently pay for parking through their smartphones.

SP+ Selected as Park-Line Miami’s (Fla.) Parking Operator
March 16, 2020
SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (Nasdaq: SP), a leading provider of technology-driven mobility solutions for aviation, commercial, hospitality and institutional clients throughout North America, has been selected as the parking management company to serve Park-Line Miami, the highly-anticipated, luxury residential community at Virgin MiamiCentral.

Paperless Parking System Is Rolling Out In Porirua (New Zealand)
March 16, 2020
From today the paperless Pay by Plate parking system will be implemented in the two pay and display parking areas on Hagley Street in the Porirua city centre. Pay by Plate parking is a paperless system that works by using a vehicle licence plate number rather than a paper ticket.

Three Ways Technology Is Making Modern Cars Safer
March 15, 2020
The cars of today aren't just safer than cars of the past. They're also packed to the brim with technologies that would have been considered space-age mere years ago. Here's three of the biggest tech toys of the moment, and the most accessible places to find them.

Honk Is Providing Its Contactless, Cashless & App-Less Honktap Smart Stations for Free to Owners and Operators of Parking Lots Across North America
March 13, 2020
In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, HonkMobile, North America’s leading provider of electronic payments for the parking industry, announced today it will be providing its HonkTAP pay stations to owners and operators of parking across North America at no cost in an effort to encourage drivers everywhere to pay for parking via contactless payments.

Bozeman (Mont.) Parking Commission Considers New Pay-To-Park App
March 13, 2020
Those who use Bozeman’s downtown parking garage could soon get a new mobile app to pay as they go. Some have worried the proposed new technology is a stepping stone to paid parking throughout downtown.

Partnership Offers 3D Road Network Modelling and Congestion-Reducing Parking
March 12, 2020
Location data and platform services provider Here Technologies is partnering with German virtual terrain modelling software developer TrianGraphics and B2B parking technology firm ParkHub, to allow for 3D modelling of road use cases on its in-vehicle HD Live Map and simplify the locating of parking spaces.

Walla Walla (Wash.) Looks to Improve Parking Enforcement
March 11, 2020
A new tool for enforcing city parking laws and an officer to use it could be in the Walla Walla Police Department’s near future. Walla Walla City Council is scheduled to approve a $29,882.58 automated license plate recognition system at its regular meeting tonight.

Govia Thameslink Railway Launches Baliza App to Streamline Car Parking Process (England)
March 11, 2020
Govia Thameslink Railway, (GTR) has launched an app designed to make it easier for its customers to pay for car parking across Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern station car parks. It is accessible at station car park locations operating with or without Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

City of Newburgh (N.Y.) Adopts New Digital Parking Enforcement Software
March 9, 2020
The City of Newburgh, N.Y. has launched a new digital parking enforcement software, powered by Passport, a leader in mobility management solutions for municipalities. The cloud-based software will allow enforcement officers to more efficiently and accurately identify if cars are complying with parking rates and rules and issue parking citations.

ParkMobile to Be Official Mobile Parking Provider at University Park
March 6, 2020
Penn State Transportation Services announced today (March 6) that it has selected ParkMobile as the official mobile parking provider for the University Park campus.

Arrive Adds Innovative Smart Parking Recommendation Engine to Its Industry-Leading Enterprise Parking Platform, Combining On- and Off-Street Parking in a Single Solution
March 5, 2020
Arrive announced that it has added industry-first features to its enterprise parking platform that will transform the way we park: a smart parking recommendation engine that suggests the best on-street or off-street place to park and transacts seamlessly using your voice, in-dash system or mobile phone. Arrive becomes the only parking technology company to integrate a variety of data sources into its platform including navigation details, traffic, weather, on-street parking prices and availability and dynamically priced off-street parking, and deliver it through a cutting edge recommendation engine for customers.

New Artificial Intelligence System Provides Ultimate Parking Security
March 4, 2020
LocoMobi World is pleased to announce the release of their Added Awareness Intelligent Alert System, which was designed to mitigate security risk in parking garages such as theft and vandalism. This system is an enhancement to their License Plate Recognition System (LPR,) which is a fully scalable solution with a combination of innovative hardware and software products.

Pay-By-App Parking Option Coming to Birmingham (Ala.)
March 2, 2020
A new pay-by-app parking option is coming to Birmingham. The Birmingham City Council voted last week to approve an agreement with on-street, reservation and event parking app ParkMobile to add pay-by-app services to existing meters. The agreement is for 8,000 parking spaces for a term of three years.

The Power of Intelligent Parking Management
February 28, 2020
Searching for a car parking space can waste valuable time. What’s more, slow paper ticketing systems can cause congestion as drivers queue to enter and leave. Organisations such as retail companies, private businesses and public authorities should consider a smart parking solution to tackle these challenges head on. Intelligent parking guidance and smart entrance/exit control can ensure efficient, free-flowing parking at all times, while improving the user experience.

AeroParker and SKIDATA Sign Integration Partnership
February 26, 2020
AeroParker and SKIDATA have signed a non-exclusive integration partnership which means UK and European SKIDATA customers now have the availability to utilize AeroParker as their car park and ancillary pre-booking platform.

Trimble Provides Accuracy to Stan, the Valet Robot
February 26, 2020
The Stanley Robotics team has called on Trimble to equip Stan, their autonomous parking and valet robot, with accurate localization. To achieve centimeter-level localization, Stanley Robotics needed to combine perception algorithms and intelligent management software with reliable GNSS technology.

Startup Offers New Way to Tackle Downtown's Parking Problem (Cincinnati, Ohio)
February 26, 2020
A Cincinnati startup is tackling the problem of finding parking downtown and in Over-the-Rhine by allowing users to have their car valeted from anywhere in those neighborhoods.

Cities Do Not Wish to Profit From Parking Meters
February 25, 2020
Cities have seen an increase in revenue from parking meters, especially since they first offered mobile parking apps to residents and visitors. Americans are increasingly turning to smartphones for everyday tasks, and cities offer parking apps for residents and visitors to pay for parking in lieu of meters. Parking applications can also be used by cities to regulate how many spaces are available.

(Santa Cruz, Calif.) Metro Introduces Overnight Parking App
February 25, 2020
Santa Cruz Metro is rolling out the first in a series of new apps that will help customers improve their commute experience. The Passport Parking App is available for download by visiting passportparking.com or anywhere customers get their apps.

ParkHub and HERE Technologies Team Up to Help Consumers Find Convenient Parking Spots and Create a Delightful Location-Enabled User Experience
February 20, 2020
ParkHub, the leading B2B parking technology company, has partnered with HERE, a global location data and technology platform, to help consumers easily find and pay for parking spots. In North America, ParkHub and HERE are working on integrating to the HERE platform ParkHub's growing reservoir of real-time parking inventory and data.

SP+ Parking Operator at Northwest Arkansas National Airport
February 20, 2020
SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (Nasdaq: SP), a leading provider of technology-driven mobility solutions for aviation, commercial, hospitality and institutional clients throughout North America, announced its commencement of parking operations at Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) in Bentonville, Arkansas.

City Tech Launches Solution to Clear up Curbside Chaos
February 20, 2020
Cities are experiencing many competing interests at the curb from public transit, parking, ride-hail services, food deliveries, e-commerce deliveries and more. "The curb is where all the macro changes in transportation are showing up," City Tech Collaborative Director of City Solutions David Leopold said. There’s been strong dialogue about how cities can allocate curb space, in addition to how cities can price the curb and operational tools to support usage.

Wallace Installs WiFi in Its Parking Lots (Dothan, Ala.)
March 29, 2020
As Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker decided that students would not return to physical classes for the remainder of the spring semester, Wallace Community College is installing Wi-Fi hotspots in its parking lots.

Parking and Transportation Services Ushering Parking Permit Refunds (University of New Mexico)
March 25, 2020
The office notorious for parking citations and permits will accept refund requests amidst the University’s limited operations. In an email sent out by Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) Wednesday, PATS announced that the last day for students to request a permit refund is Tuesday, March 31.

Kennesaw State University to Reimburse Students for Campus Services, Parking Fees
March 25, 2020
Kennesaw State University will provide refunds to students for campus services, dining and parking that have been paid through the remainder of the semester, according to the university.

Wayne State University Board of Governors Adopts Code of Conduct, Approves Parking Improvements
March 23, 2020
For the first time, the Wayne State University Board of Governors now has a code of conduct and statement of commitment. In other action, the board unanimously approved 2020 parking improvements for up to $3.6 million to be funded out of the parking auxiliary. Improvements are planned in three Wayne State parking garages, all of which have received incremental repairs over the last few years.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site Established in Kean University Parking Lot (Union, N.J.)
March 22, 2020
A Union County-run COVID-19 drive-through testing facility has been set up in the parking lot of Kean University in Union, set to begin testing on Monday, March 23.

Parking Services Suspend Regular Enforcement, Refund Decision Pending (Bowling Green State University)
March 22, 2020
BGSU Parking Services will not be enforcing regular parking regulations during the remainder of the semester. As the university moves to online learning for the rest of the semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have voiced concerns about what the enforcement policy will be.

Data-Driven: How Customer Service Platforms are Improving Campus Parking
March 20, 2020
What do your students complain about? Fair or not, parking is usually near the top of the list. To handle those complaints, many campuses are turning to parking-specific customer service platforms to support their automated parking operations.

CampusParc to Provide Partial Refund for Annual Parking Permits (Ohio State University)
March 18, 2020
CampusParc will provide prorated refunds to those who have purchased an annual permit, company CEO Sarah Blouch said in a message on its website Monday. The message comes in response to an email sent Thursday to students, faculty and staff in which University President Michael V. Drake said all in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester would be moved to a virtual format.

Penn State To Offer Prorated Student Parking Permit Reimbursements
March 18, 2020
As Penn State adjusts to a virtual half-semester, plenty of measures are place to accommodate a student-less campus, including prorated reimbursements on student parking permits, Transportation Services announced in an email to permit holders Wednesday.

University of Wyoming Transportation Services to Implement Transit and Parking Changes
March 18, 2020
University of Wyoming Transportation Services has announced major changes to its transit and parking operations effective Thursday, March 19. These operational changes are precautionary measures in response to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Cal State LA Offers Refunds for Parking Permits
March 12, 2020
Students’ concerns about whether refunds for parking permits would be issued, amid the new mandate for online classes, can be put at ease.

New Rideshare Program at Fresno City College Hoping to Resolve Parking Issues
March 10, 2020
What began as a pilot program in 2017 to alleviate the strain of on-campus parking during a solar construction project has gone on to help 8,000 students as of last semester.

University of New Mexico’s Parking and Transportation Services to conduct 2020 Commuter Survey
March 9, 2020
The University of New Mexico's Parking & Transportation Services is conducting a commuter survey intended to collect information about the commuting habits of students, faculty and staff at on the UNM’s Main, North, and South campuses.

Campus Parking Issues Being Addressed (SUNY Cortland)
March 9, 2020
Like many other college campuses, SUNY Cortland has struggled to help students overcome the difficult obstacles of finding parking and transportation. This semester, the administration is both adding a new parking lot and partnering with a bus company to provide more options for traveling between campus and the community.

New Orleans' Uptown University Area Is Clogged With Cars. Are Parking Restrictions Next?
March 8, 2020
The New Orleans City Council has asked the City Planning Commission to consider new parking restrictions for Uptown’s university area, citing an excess of cars that have clogged that neighborhood's streets.

ParkMobile to Be Official Mobile Parking Provider at University Park
March 6, 2020
Penn State Transportation Services announced today (March 6) that it has selected ParkMobile as the official mobile parking provider for the University Park campus.

UW Report Reflects Streamlined Campus Parking Rates, Commitment to Bike, Bus Transportation
March 3, 2020
Prices for annual parking permits at the University of Wisconsin-Madison increased by up to 5% this academic year, nearing the end of a six-year process to streamline an outdated system from three to two price tiers. Of the four rate levels on campus, levels 1 and 2 are now priced at $916 per year and parking garages and level 3 at $1,310, according to the Campus Transportation Committee’s 2018-2019 report. There were 18 different parking rates on campus.

The Geneseo Parking and Transportation Services Office Proposes Plans to Ease Parking Congestion (N.Y.)
February 28, 2020
The Geneseo Parking and Transportation Services office has a number of projects in the planning stages to improve parking opportunities on campus. Currently on its radar, the office is focusing on parking issues on the north side of campus, expanding the gravel lot next to the eGarden complex, parking compliance issues and looking for ways to meet the campus’ sustainability goals.

New Mexico State University Granted Funds for Bike Racks, Solar Parking Shades
February 26, 2020
The second session of the 54th legislature started Jan. 21 and ended Feb. 20, with many notable changes in store for New Mexico students. New Mexico State University was awarded over $700,000 in Capital Outlay, state funding for campus improvements, while the University of New Mexico was awarded about $400,000. This funding will address bike theft and parking shades. With the remaining $595,000, a new parking shade center will be constructed directly over the parking lot adjacent from Knox Hall. This parking shade will be similar to the one by the campus Aquatic Center, in that it will be topped with solar panels.

Augusta University Students Park in Neighborhoods, Create Unsafe Situation
February 25, 2020
There's nothing easy about medical or dental school. Even just getting to class is a challenge for students on the Augusta University Health Sciences campus. "I don't know what neighborhood this is but I have to park on the side street up here," said Rohit Mukhi, a student at the Dental College of Georgia. He's not alone either; cars line neighborhoods like Brown Street because the parking lots on the Health Sciences campus fill up fast, and students don't want to park in lots that would require them to take shuttles to class.

University of Florida to Close Parking Lot Near Reitz Union
February 24, 2020
UF can stand to lose hundreds more parking spots by the end of the year, thanks to a building that’ll take its place. The surface parking lot at the corner of Museum Road and Center Drive across the street from the Reitz Union will close by the end of 2020, according to UF Transportation and Parking Services’ current master plan.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University Judiciary Branch Offers to Waive Campus Parking Tickets
February 24, 2020
The Associated Students of New Mexico State University are offering to waive parking tickets received on New Mexico State University’s campus by contesting them in front of a panel of ASNMSU justices.

Towson University Working With Outside Consultant for Campus Parking Solutions (Baltimore, Md.)
February 21, 2020
Towson University has hired a consulting firm to develop plans for better on-campus transportation and parking, a long-standing concern of both students and area residents. The firm, Kimley-Horn, will review the demands placed on campus parking and transportation, including shuttle buses, and seek "feedback from the campus community,” so it can collect, compile and review data.

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