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Orlando, FL: $200,000 Porsche burns to the ground in store parking lot - 02.27


Mountain View, CA: New Google campus to challenge Apple's spaceship office for coolest place to work. Where are the parking lots? - 02.27



Leesburg, VA Council Hikes Parking Rates - 02.27

Myrtle Beach, SC parking meter season begins Sunday - 02.27

Colorado State University plans 1,077 space parking lot south of campus - 02.27

Easton, PA never codified parking ticket changes - 02.27

LA CROSSE, WI: Parking board trying to 'simplify' parking ramps - 02.27

Hagerstown, MD Council members think it is unlikely to recover $85,325 inunpaid parking tickets - 02.26

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC metered parking to begin with new technology - 02.26

Fargo, ND Rakes in $300,000 Annually From Parking Tickets - 02.25

Lincoln, NE: Airport raising parking rates in April - 02.26

Albuquerque, NM, University of New Mexico: Parking citations help fund maintenence - 02.26

Oakland, CA; A's prioritize parking over development at Coliseum - 02.26

Downtown Charleston, SC parking spots on sale for $98,000 apiece - 02.26

For bicyclists, free parking station opens in downtown Oakland, CA - 02.26


Local 4 Defenders reveal Detroit's, MI plan to fix parking system - 02.26

ACHD OKs Boise’s, ID parking sensors - 02.26

Boston, MA parking space savers to be removed starting Monday - 02.26

Boise, ID: ACHD Commission To Vote On Updated Plan For Boise ‘Smart’ Parking Meters - 02.25

Berkeley, CA: UC Berkeley Built A Parking Garage Right Where Its Students Play Field Hockey - 02.25

Pittsburgh, PA: Parking garage approved as first phase of former Saks redevelopment - 02.25

Missoula, MT officials mulling over new parking meters - 02.25

No More Free Parking At New Bethesda, MD Garage, Starting Next Week - 02.25

New York, NY: Why Suspend Alternate Side Parking Regulations But Then Do Nothing? - 02.25

Fayetteville, AR: Transit and Parking Officials Work to Parking App - 02.25

East Lansing, MI: Parking ordinances bring city significant revenue - 02.25

Detroit, MI finds fix for parking ticket snafu - 02.25

Taunton, MA parking meters failing when they can't be emptied due to snow - 02.24

Chicago, IL: Alternate-side parking would help with snow removal - 02.24

Local man calling for handicap parking enforcement in Richmond County, GA - 02.24

Netherlands: Amsterdam Is Out of Bike Parking - 02.24


UK: 10,000 Drivers In Parking Ticket Data Breach - 02.24

UK: Pensioner takes on parking ‘scam’ giants -- and wins - 02.24

Buffalo, NY: Use abandoned lots for off-street parking - 02.24

New York, NY: De Blasio Team Gradually Beefing Up Its Parking Reform Proposals - 02.24

UK: Thousands of pounds overpaid to Torridge parking meters to go back into community - 02.24

Saudi Arabia, Jeddah: Car rental firms cause parking problems for Jeddah residents - 02.24

Canada, Toronto: Cops target out-of-town parking offenders - 02.24

Canada: Vertical parking, elevated parking or car stackers… call it as you want, this is an incredible space-saver! - 02.23

Food for fines: Stillwater, MN will forgive March parking tickets in exchange for donation to Valley Outreach - 02.23

Canada, Toronto: Police target out-of-province offenders in further crackdown on illegal parking - 02.23

Los Angeles, CA: Mayor Garcetti Is Actually Refunding Those Bogus Parking Tickets - 02.23

Chicago, IL: Candidate for Second Ward alderman decries the parking meter deal though her old firm drew it up - 02.23

Pullman, WA: Washington State University Transportation proposes to increase parking rates - 02.23

Moblie, AL: University Of South Alabama Student Returns $10,000 Found In Parking Lot - 02.23

Old Detroit, MI parking tickets come back to haunt drivers - 02.23

Boston, MA: Mayor Walsh Eases on Unofficial Parking Space Saver Rule - 02.23


Prevent parking problems by addressing issues early - 02.23

UK: Parking firms face test case after driver launches landmark legal challenge over claims £85 - 02.23

RALEIGH, NC LEADERS CONSIDERING FEES FOR EVENING PARKING - 02.23

Boston, MA: Parking meter revenue plunges - 02.23

Lancaster, PA: Downtown parking proposal gains support - 02.23

Unobservant Motorists Face Up To $500 Fine In New Santa Monica, CA Tow Zone - 02.20

Boston, MA: The Social Ethics Of Parking Space Savers - 02.20

San Francisco, CA: Muni’s Plans for Mission Street Could Impact Bus Stops, Parking and Traffic - 02.20

UK: Motorists could recoup 'millions' on illegal parking fines - 02.20

Boston, MA: Space-Saver Saga Part 2: The Alleged Perp Tells Her Side of the Story - 02.20

9 Hazards That Come With Parking in Houston, TX - 02.20


For Seattle, WA, parking revenue adds up - 02.20

Business is Good for Downtown Sacramento (CA) Parking - 02.20

HEMPSTEAD, NY: Extra Parking Ticket Fee Infuriates Nassau Drivers, But Judge Advises Getting Used To It - 02.20

New Zealand: Steep parking fines anger Christchurch rebuild workers - 02.20

Florence, AL: City parking deck getting more signage - 02.19

Honolulu, HI: Street parking concerns addressed in car-sharing bill - 02.19

Missoulians (MT) invited to hands-on open house about smart parking meters - 02.19

Chicago, IL: Mayor Emanuel says he 'reformed' the parking meter deal, but he actually sold off more of the city streets - 02.19

Australia: Council move to fix city’s costly parking meter problem - 02.19

CHEROKEE, NC: Part of Parking Deck Collapses at Harrah's Casino - 02.19

From parking to ‘parklets’: Minneapolis, MN launches program - 02.19

India: Multi-level parking in Noida Sector 18 to open tomorrow - 02.19

Nearly 1,000 overnight parking tickets written in one month in Muskegon, MI - 02.19

Parking in Boston, MA is snow joke: Motorists battle the elements - and each other - to find a space for their cars during storm - 02.18

Alameda’s (CA) Second Parking-Protected Bikeway Takes Shape on Shoreline Drive - 02.18

Why the Chapel Hill, NC Shooting Was More Hate Crime Than 'Parking Dispute' - 02.18


Salt Lake City, UT out millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets - 02.18

Seattle's (WA) building boom often comes without parking - 02.18

How Hoboken, NJ plans to fix its parking problem - 02.18

Australia, Fremantle: Freo gets parking by the minute - 02.18

Athens, OH: Carry an extra quarter: Parking garage fees might be on the rise - 02.18

Canada: Barrie, ON councillors looking at ways to increase parking revenues - 02.18

Boston, MA cathedral to lease parking lot to developer - 02.17

Lancaster, PA: Meeting to focus on downtown parking - 02.17

Japan's insane underground bicycle parking lots are the future - 02.17

Northampton County (PA) DA continues to press Easton on parking - 02.17

Canada, Winnipeg: City issues $1 million in parking tickets over long weekend - 02.17

UK: Drivers fined for being outside too-small car parking bays in Newbury - 02.17

Newport Beach, CA: Balboa Village Advisory Committee Reviews Parking and Beautification Plans - 02.17

Canada: Fredericton to convert old parking meters for charity - 02.17

Augusta, GA approves parking deal for Unisys - 02.17

Boston, MA: MAN’S PARKING SPACE STOLEN, SO HE BURIED CAR IN SNOW - 02.17

Australia: Parking fine rise expected to make more money for Brisbane City Council - 02.17

Toronto, Canada: Paid parking at GO stations would stick it to the average family - 02.17

New York, NY: Of parking and hypocrisy - 02.17

Growing pains: Parking in Seattle, WA getting harder, more expensive -02.17

Augusta, GA: City could pay for UNISYS parking lot - 02.16

Washington, DC: More bogus parking tickets issued by District - 02.16

Sausalito, CA starts pilot parking program - 02.16

Riverview, MI cops’ warning notes raise concerns - 02.16

Pro-Am tourists navigate Carmel's, CA new parking meters - 02.16

What the people are saying about parking in Seattle, WA - 02.16

Parking Industry / Company News

Only 29 Days to PIE 2015 - March 29th - April 1st, 2015 - Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Can't wait to see You in Chicago, IL - 02.27

Northfield, IL: Automated parking garages heading to Chicagoland; U-ParkIt - 02.27

Norwalk Parking Authority (CT) adopts budget; $2 flat fee at SoNo meters from 6 to 9 p.m. - 02.27

Remote valet mode and revolutionized parking: Ford’s Smart Mobility; Parking Spotter - 02.27




Do we REALLY need on street parking? - JVH PT Blog - 02.27

Will uproar over Harrisburg parking produce needed changes? Standard Parking, Trimont - 02.27

Why Zipcar Could Be Stealing Your Boston, MA Parking Spot Next Winter - 02.27

HOUSTON, TX: DOWNTOWN PARKING SCAM GETS DRIVERS' CARS BOOTED; VICTIMS FORCED TO PAY FINE; Central Parking Services - 02.27

Napa, CA: Who's hogging downtown's parking spaces? Walker Parking Consultants - 02.27

Ridgewood, NJ mayor to lobby Attorney General's staff for new probe into parking meter cash + Meter Products Co. Inc.; Parkmobile - 02.26

Palisades Park, NJ OKs deal to modernize its meters; Municipal Parking Services Inc. of Minnetonka, MN - 02.26

New parking system to roll out in Detroit, MI. The vendor for this is not Parkmobile - 02.26

New York, NY: Win a Year's Worth of Free Parking With Valet Anywhere - 02.26


New Faces & Changing Places at Walter P Moore - 02.26

New car-sharing service looks to enter New Orleans, LA market, website reports; Car2Go - 02.25

Want To Save Land, Construction Costs In Building A Garage? Try Automated Parking By Wes Guckert - this meeting of the masters at PIE 2015 only 32 days away - 02.25

Siemens Seeks to Ease Parking Frustration With Spot-Finder App - 02.25

Predicting Where to Park? This Country Has an App for That; Anagog; ParkLife; Pango - 02.25

The Dog Ate My Homework, and 100 Other Excuses - JVH PT Blog - 02.25

WATRY DESIGN, INC.'S LEADERSHIP TEAM ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS! - 02.25

Parking officials promise reduced rates in Harrisburg, PA; hope to change 'negative' image; Standard Parking - 02.25

Harrisburg, PA parking: More bad tickets surface while drivers share new concerns; Standard Parking - 02.24

WESTERLY, RI: Washington Trust Provides $12.32 Million in Financing for Three Boston Area Parking Lots; LAZ Parking - 02.24

First Pay with Your Phone Parking Option Implemented in Downtown Charleston; PassportParking - 02.24

Star Trek and Anagog — I twist myself into a Pretzel with this one - JVH PT Blog - 02.24

Bostong, MA: Zipcar seeks 150 park-anywhere permits; Car2Go - 02.24


Start-ups tap into smart parking technology; JustPark; ParkWhiz; SpotHero; Anagog - 02.23

New app predicts when a parking spot will open up; Anagog; ParkNow - 02.23

G, PG, R, X? What Rating would you give PIE’s new 2 minute video? - Only 36 Days to PIE 2015 - Have You Registered Yet? - 02.20

Harrisburg, PA parking garage payment boxes malfunction; Standard Parking - 02.20

T2 Systems Installs 154 TagMaster Readers for Duke University Parking - 02.20


One of the busiest cruise ports in the world chose HUB Parking Technology - 02.20

Carmel, CA residents critical of parking meters; Walker Parking Consultants - 02.20

PIE 2015 - The 2015 Parking Industry Exhibition (PIE) will feature Mike Harley's presentation: Online Branding and Conversions - 02.20

Canada: Saskatoon parking meter replacement starts this morning. FlexParking pay stations - 02.19

Mobile technologies make it tougher to evade meter maids; T2 Flex Unified Parking Management Platform - 02.19

Valet app offers help with Seattle parking problems; Zirx - 02.19

UK: Parking firm takes 13 motorists to court; Vehicle Control Services (VCS) - 02.19

NEW VALET APPS TAKE AWAY STRESS OF PARKING IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Luxe Valet; Zirx - 02.19

Annapolis, MD seeks vendor to oversee parking operations; Streetline Inc. - 02.19

Scranton (PA) Parking Authority Looking Into Selling, Leasing City Garages - 02.19

SP ticketing device “stops working,” issues unfair fines? SP Plus - 02.18

Xerox analytics platform gives city planners mountains of transport data; the Mobility Analytics Platform (MAP) - 02.18

MobileNOW! Brings Mobile Payments to Denison Parking (Indianapolis, IN); Fully Integrates with NuPark - 02.18

Parkt Opens Its Parking Rewards System to Bitcoin Users - 02.18


3M and its Parking Customers, a New Seminar added at PIE - JVH - only 39 days to PIE 2015 - 02.18

Mobile Developers Select Anagog’s CrowdPark™ Technology to Build Breakthrough Mobility & Parking Services - 02.18

L.A. City Council "Monkeying" With Parking Apps; Monkey Parking; Nelson Nygaard Consulting - 02.18

Fayetteville, AR buying new parking equipment for West Avenue lot; Associated Time & Parking Controls - 02.17

Dallas’, TX auditor chastises city hall, yet again, for doing a poor job keeping an eye on contracts; ACS/Xerox - 02.17

EDC Corporation AIMS Parking Management Software Integrates with TrustCommerce for Secure Parking Payments - 02.16

Peter at 2015 PIE : It’s Not Rocket Science - 02.16

How pay parking came to Toronto, Canada; Toronto Parking Authority - 02.16

SFMTA Looking at Citation and Permit Management Vendors; Dixon Resources Unlimited - 02.13

You'll soon be able to buy passes for Baltimore, MD parking garages online; Baltimore City Parking Authority; SP Plus - 02.13


Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FL) parking plan: you'll never lose your car again; Park N Fly - 02.13

Twin Falls, an Emergent Tech Leader, Surpasses Most U.S. Cities by Adopting a Three-in-One Android™ App for Parking, Permit and Code Enforcement; gtechna - 02.12

Phoenix, AZ introduces parking-meter app; Pango - 02.12

San Francisco, CA: Why own a car when you can share one? Zipcar; Enterprise CarShare; Getaround - 02.12

Tim Cook And Apple Inc. (AAPL) Should Be Appreciated For Not Collecting Your Data; Apple Pay - 02.12

Sausalito, CA pushes parking pilot; Aparc Systems - 02.12

Parking in Southern California without the aggravation; Zirx; Luxe Valet - 02.11

Record Parking Revenues for Madeira Beach – Pay Stations Provided by Tampa-Based Cale America Key to Success of Parking Program - 02.11

Is PIE 2015 Really “Dynamic”? - Find out in just 45 days - March 29 - April 1, 2015 in Chicago, IL - 02.11

CAN THE "UBER FOR VALET" SOLVE L.A.'S PARKING PROBLEMS? LUXE VALET; Zirx - 02.11

Bethlehem, PA meter usage down, but garages up since rates doubled; Bethlehem Parking Authority - 02.11


The Pembroke Parking Authority (Ontario, Canada) battles virus; Mackay Meters - 02.11

West Chester, PA eyes ways to get more money from parking; Imperial Parking LLC - 02.11

NPA - LIVE Webinar: Effective Shuttle System & Fleet Management Practices (February 12, 2 p.m. ET) - 02.10

Supply and Demand — the Rules Still Hold - JVH PT's Blog - 02.10

IPD - International Parking Design - A Design Firm Specializing in Parking Structures - 02.10

2500 smart parking spaces in Zug; Nedap’s SENSIT - 02.10

NEDAP IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES FIRST CERTIFIED PARTNERS - 02.10

National Parking Association Honors Richard G. Hatfield with Harwood Leadership & Legends Award. Founder of Colonial Parking, Inc. and Former NPA Board Chair - 02.10

Scheidt & Bachmann USA Celebrates 20th Anniversary - 02.10


Los Angeles, CA: Curbstand valet parking app acquires competitor Curby - 02.10

7 Must-See Sessions At PIE 2015 - only 48 days away! Have You registered yet for PIE 2015? - 02.09

Could Car Sharing Help Ease Boston’s (MA) Parking Woes? Zipcar; Enterprise CarShare - 02.09

Summit County, OH parking deck may expand to automation so you can also pay by credit card; ABM (formerly Ampco) - 02.09

Why Mobile Wallets Are The Fastest-Growing Payment Method; Passport - 02.09

Niagra Falls, NY officials moving ahead with downtown parking meters; Desman Associates - 02.09

On-Street Enforcement Technology - Julie Dixon, Dixon Resources Unlimited - 02.09

A look at the business behind parking tickets, towing in New Haven, CT; Duncan Solutions - 02.09

"DYNAMIC" - ORIGIN early 19th cent. from Greek dunamikos, from dunamis ‘power.’ - 50 Days to PIE 2015 - Year of Dynamic Devolopment - 02.06

This summer, there’s an app for parking in Dewey Beach, DE; Parkmobile - 02.06


MobileNOW! Brings Electronic Permits to The University of Texas Arlington - 02.06

2014 Parking Authority Annual Report Available; Parking Authority of Baltimore (MD) City - 02.06

VCs Battle For A Spot In The Parking Market; Valet Anywhere; Yandex.Parking service; Uber; Fixed - 02.06

Boston, MA: City’s New Car Share Program At Least Trying Not to Ruin Parking for Everyone; Zipcar; Enterprise CarShare - 02.05

Phoenix to launch parking payment app; Pango - 02.05

Will An On-Demand Valet Parking App Convince You to Drive in DC? Zirx - 02.05

On-demand parking startup Valet Anywhere pockets $1.35M, expands in NYC - 02.05

Pittsburgh's (PA) URA turns over management of four parking lots to new operators; Teris Parking; PPG Public Parking; William Penn Parking - 02.05

Toledo, OH: Downtown study looks at meters; Walker Parking Consultants - 02.05

MobileNOW! Launches Bilingual Mobile Payment Program in Calexico, CA - 02.05

Walker Parking Consultants recommend changes to downtown Appleton, WI parking - 02.05

Massachusetts’ municipalities can now improve parking operations quickly with approved parking systems; T2 Systems; Integrated Technical Systems, Inc. - 02.05

Today's Vision: Tomorrow's Reality! 2015 Women In Parking Conference; Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 02.04

Feeding City (Columbia, SC) Meters On Nights and Weekends? Lansing Melbourne - 02.04


Apple Pay now accounts for majority of all mobile transactions in the US - 02.04

On-Street Enforcement Technology: How To Make The Right Investment by Julie Dixon - 2015 PIE - March 29 - April 1, 2015

Julie Dixon has run parking operations in West Hollywood and San Francisco. She has also assisted a myriad of cities in making their enforcement operations first class. We asked her back to PIE this year because her’s was one of the best attended and talk about seminars of all of 2014. Don’t miss it.

 

Parking solutions can be overwhelming! Whether trying to figure out which handheld to purchase for your enforcement staff or wondering how to integrate your parking meter with your pay by phone provider, this session will prepare you for how to strategically and incrementally address your parking technology decisions.  The discussion will focus on how to identify and define your project objectives and, not only, selecting the best overall solution for your community but, more importantly, making choices that can adapt and develop with the evolution of your on street parking program.  

 

Technology can be expensive and today’s choices will have a lasting impact which emphasizes the importance of making the right choices.  One of the recommendations that will be discussed during this PIE seminar will focus on incremental investments.  If we design an effective and economical program, the solutions should be adaptable and can be integrated with each other.  If we are making smaller, more strategic decisions, there impacts will be incremental.  This is very important, because while we all like to believe that we make all the right choices and that the system will perform as promised, sometimes we find this not to be the case.  By following this approach, you will have the flexibility to adjust and adapt without having a significant impact on your overall parking program (including your revenue).  By defining your technology roadmap, you can also identify performance accountability in your vendor service agreements in order to assure long standing and responsive solution.  

 

Request for Proposals (RFP) are expensive!  Think about it - the time is takes for an agency to develop, manage, and issue an RFP is considerable.  A lot of agencies don’t consider the amount of time and resources required by a vendor to prepare a response.  The process needs to be clearly defined and you need to know what you are looking for to ensure that your specifications are defined and clear in order for a vendor to respond. Vendor and product accountability are a significant consideration when soliciting new technology.   You need the specification to be defined, however not so product specific that it prevents competition or that may result in a potential protest. Before you even get to this stage of the process, you need to ensure that you know what you are looking for.  

 

This may seem simple, however, have you actually engaged your team and key stakeholders and solicited their feedback and commentary for your program needs.  If you need new handhelds, are your stakeholders involved or if the vendor telling you what you need.  Have you run an equipment pilot in order for your enforcement officers to provide feedback on the devices?  It may not always be easy, in fact, coordinating a pilot can be cumbersome.  But dealing with this temporary impediment will provide long term dividends once you invest in the actual purchase.   When would you rather know that your staff has issues with a solution, before or after you issue a purchase order?  If you can’t host a pilot, are your stakeholders engaged in the vendor selection process?  In order to be effective in your decision making process, the actual users should have input.  If not, implementing and managing the solution can prove to be cumbersome.  To put it simply, think about this, when you order me a sandwich with mustard, but I don’t like mustard - likely, I am not going to consume the sandwich and, if I chose to, I am certainly not going to enjoy it.  And I’m just talking about a $5 foot long, not a six-figure plus hardware expenditure.  Just be sure to engage and obtain feedback when making your technology choices.   

 

By this point, it may all seem so obvious, but it is the obvious and simple details that are often overlooked when soliciting solutions.  You need to know how to make the right investment and to be strategic in your approach and incremental in your spending.  Hold the vendors accountable for their solutions and develop specifications that offer responses to your needs but also provide a window for growth and development.  Define your performance standards.  Performance and outputs can be and should be measured.  Parking technology vendors have amazing software platforms with extensive management tools, but you need to look at them and validate performance on a frequent basis.  Find technology partners who are willing to grow with you and have a technology roadmap that is following a similar path to your own.  And, most importantly, make sure that the upgrades and future enhancements are addressed in your service agreements.  

 

Learn more about making those right investments by attending this seminar at the Parking Industry Exhibition in Chicago.  See you there.

 

Julie Dixon is CEO of Dixon Resources Unlimited. She can be reached at Julie@dixonresourcesunlimited.com.

 

 

 






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