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New Zealand, Wellington: Parking wardens told to issue three tickets or more an hour - 05.29

La Crosse, CA: Swantz head of the Municipal Parking Utility Board, wants to tackle big issues - 05.29

Vancouver (Canada) introduces new smartphone app for city services; Vanconnect app - 05.29

Statesville, NC could forgive $37K in old parking tickets - 05.29

China: Beijing Plans to Require Car Buyers to Secure Parking Space - 05.29

More parking coming for St. Paul's (MN) Payne Avenue - 05.29

More states drop parallel parking from driver’s exam - 05.28

D.C. Council Votes to Extend Parking Meter Hours in Some of District's Busiest Neighborhoods - 05.28

Lake Geneva, WI: City adds parking stalls - 05.28


India: Bids to open on June 15 for parking project outside Mini-Secretariat - 05.28

New Zealand: Auckland Transport: Parking fines too low - 05.28


Fierce in a fight but sincere in an apology: Can You Save a New York City Parking Spot? - 05.27

DES MOINES, IA: Projects Proposed for New Parking Garage Downtown - 05.27

Parking changes at Wichita's (KS) Eisenhower Airport - 05.27

Houston, TX: Floodwaters fill Galleria parking garage - 05.27

New Zealand: A fresh look at parking in Auckland - 05.27

Stamford, CT food workers face parking "battle" - 05.27

Free parking perception key to attract Allentown, Bethlehem (PA) shoppers, merchants say - 05.26

Canada: Niagra Falls, ON council approves free downtown parking - 05.26

Several D.C. Neighborhoods Could Be Affected by Parking Changes - 05.26

Wrightsville Beach, NC parking: Where your money goes - 05.26

Self-parking Volvo plows into bystanders (Video) - 05.26

UK: Scotland’s councils make £33.5m profit from parking - 05.26

Increased parking rates could be coming to Greensboro, NC - 05.26

Australia: New Gold Coast parking meters face teething problems angering locals - 05.22

Minneapolis, MN: Developer considers condos, vertical parking system near new stadium ramp; Ryan Cos. - 05.22

Off-campus students ask for less wasted space, better parking options at Purdue University - 05.22

Debuting July 1, 21 modern parking stations in Ithaca, NY. Pay by phone app in the works - 05.22

How Chicago Could Turn Its Parking-Meter Money Pit Into a Revenue Stream. More meters and dynamic pricing could boost revenues—while at the same time keeping businesses and their customers happy - 05.21

UO (University of Oregon) to plan mobile parking application - 05.21

Canada: Regina Drivers think parking enforcement is much stricter - 05.21

New York, NY: $9.1M Loft Converted from Parking Garage Is Not Too Homey - 05.21

Parking Battle in Popular Southwest D.C. Food Truck Zone - 05.21


Shreveport, LA: Own your own parking meter. Collectible Park-O-Meters - 05.20

Market Psychology: The Fraud Triangle. Total take $210,000 in quarters from Buffalo, NY parking meters - 05.20

'Parking Pam' gets new nickname, more staff as Grand Rapids, MI shifts transportation focus - 05.20

Coronado, CA: City To Implement Credit Card Payments At Test Parking Meters - 05.20

Ireland, Dublin: Parking meter that cost €8k 'a waste of money' - 05.20

Boise, ID: More smart meters, smartphone app planned for downtown parking - 05.20

COLUMBIA, SC: Parking not keeping up with Vista growth - 05.20

MVA (Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration) Drops Parallel Parking from Driver’s License Test - 05.20

Canada: Downtown Calgary business owners worry parking lost to Cycle Track Network will hurt profits - 05.20

Long Branch to add new parking lot, NJ - 05.19

Chattanooga Airport (TN) eyes new parking rates, solar farm addition - 05.19

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: More downtown parking ramps will get top-floor fences to prevent falls, stop jumpers - 05.19

Charlottesville, VA Seeks Public Input with Parking Surveys - 05.19

San Diego, CA: Downtown Drivers Abusing Handicap Placards for Free Parking - 05.19

Russia, Moscow: Muscovites Barricade Their Courtyards Against Drivers Fleeing Paid Parking - 05.19

Future of Parking in Green Bay, Appleton, WI - 05.19

UW (University of Wisconsin)-Madison transportation panel: We didn’t know disabled parking permits cost $650 - 05.18

Delaware, OH: Drivers with unpaid tickets may get boot - 05.18

Downtown's (Rochester, NY) Parking Problem: Fewer Parking - 05.18

Hate parking the car? Nissan vehicles will do it automatically by 2020, says CEO - 05.18

It’s going to cost you more to park in Arlington, VA - 05.18


Australia, Brisbane: RACQ calls for more parking as shopping centres crack down on commuters - 05.18

New York, NY: No parking: Upper East Side garage pitched as $50M mansion - 05.18

Australia, Canberra: $1m in Parliamentary Triangle parking slapdowns - 05.18

Canada, Montreal: Laurier Ave. merchants say permit parking killing business - 05.18

Improving parking in Miami, FL - 05.18

Houston, TX: Cars burns in midtown parking garage; second garage fire in four days - 05.15

Hamilton, NJ unveils 'wounded warrior' parking spaces at Veterans Park - 05.15

D.C. visitor parking passes: What you need to know - 05.15

New app locates Hawaii accessible parking spaces - 05.15

Canada, Ottawa: Pregnant parking spots coming to OC Transpo park and ride - 05.15

Parking spaces shrinking in Seattle,WA developments - 05.14

Bismarck, ND Parking Authority weighs Galleria repairs - 05.14

Australia: Paid parking to be rolled out in Yarraville by September. Contracts awarded on June 1st - 05.14

LONG BRANCH, NJ: City Adding 400 Paid Parking Spaces To Ocean Boulevard Lot - 05.14

Denver, CO to refund some parking tickets, if app malfunctioned; Pocketgov - 05.14

Delray Beach, FL OKs exploring adding parking meters downtown - 05.14

Parking lot booting stings Albuquerque, NM drivers - 05.14

Inside look at the Colorado Springs, CO Parking Enforcement Officer - 05.14


Amherst, MA doesn’t just need parking spaces, it needs a parking strategy - 05.13

Tybee Island, GA council to rely on parking fees to sustain general fund in FY16 - 05.13

China, Shanghai: Discrimination or care? Oversized parking space now for women - 05.13

Memphis, TN city leaders discuss possibly adjusting rates to parking meters downtown - 05.13


Stamford, CT launches bike parking pilot program. City adds devices to parking meters that let bicyclists secure their wheels - 05.13

CHULA VISTA, CA: Residents willing to pay for parking relief near Southwestern College - 05.12

Latrobe, PA to increase maximum time on parking meters in downtown - 05.12

West Palm Beach, FL: Parking garages don’t have to be boring - 05.12

Seattle, WA is planning to replace parking spots with bus passes - 05.12

Utica, NY gives boot to parking scofflaws - 05.12

COLLEGE STATION, TX: News 3 Investigates Texas A&M University Parking Enforcement - 05.12

City of Hartford, CT Makes Millions on XL Center Parking Garage Sale to State - 05.12

Judge dismisses suit challenging L.A.'s (CA) 72-hour street parking limit - 05.12

Anchorage, AK parking meter money set to fund multi-use sports facility - 05.12


Princeton, NJ: Municipality to consider upgrading town parking meters - 05.11

Arlington County Board Mulls Higher Parking Meter Rates, Longer Hours - 05.11

New parking meters under consideration in Delray Beach, FL - 05.11

Canada: Regina launches credit card-capable parking meters - 05.11

EO Smart Connecting Car 2 Is The Answer To Your Parking Nightmare - 05.11

The High Cost of Residential Parking. Every time a new building includes space for cars, it passes those costs on to tenants - 05.11

Parking meters will be installed to deter crime in Friendship Heights, MD - 05.11

Parking Industry / Company News

Don’t Miss Part 1 of Joe’s (Joe Linton) Interview with Donald Shoup - 05.29


Regional Vice President Opportunity! The Marlyn Group, San Francisco, CA - 05.29

A handful of other big winners, a lot of consolidation and a lot of failures predicted in the saga of apps for on-demand services to be the next Uber; Zirx - 05.29

ABM Parking Services Awarded Parking Management Contract with Nashville International Airport (BNA) - 05.29

MobileNOW! Goes Live June 1st in Downtown Indianapolis with Denison Parking - 05.29

Parking at Milano Expo 2015 with ParkCloud - 05.29

PHILADELPHIA LAWMAKERS PUSHING FOR BETTER PARKING GARAGE SECURITY; NPA's & Philadelphia Parking Authority's safety guidelines - 05.29

Two Cale America executives on leave pending investigation of Portland parking-meter emails. It "shows how seriously Cale is taking the matter." - 05.29

State (Indiana; IDOA) picks manager for nearly 7,000 downtown parking spots; Republic Parking System Inc. - 05.29

Pensacola, FL parking lot owner Keith East retiring after 60 years; Allright; K&C Parking - 05.28

Google unveils Brillo, Google’s Internet of Things operating system; can be used for managing traffic maintenance and parking meters - 05.28

Primoris (PRIM) Unit Secures Parking Contract Worth $30 M; ARB Structures - 05.28

Jeremy Crane alleviates parking problems with StadiumPark; stadiumparkapp.com - 05.28

Your Pass to Skipping the Line; Passport builds apps that allow to ethically line-jump - 05.29

UK: PayPoint to sell parking and online payment processing companies; PayByPhone - 05.28

Food? Flip flops? Springfield Parking Authority (MA) to accept donations for needy - 05.28

Bethlehem Parking Authority (PA) offers free parking for MobileNOW! users weekly - 05.28

Ford Launches Car-Sharing Pilot Program In London, UK; GoDrive - 05.28

Derby Parking Authority (CT) to be no more - 05.28

Avoid the Starbucks App Hack: Follow the 4 Tenets of Security by Charlie Youakim, co-CEO of Passport - 05.27

Portland, OR parking meter scandal: A timeline of key events; Cale - 05.27

Judge sentences former Portland parking manager Ellis McCoy to 2 years in federal prison. McCoy continues to talk favorably of Cale parking meters. - 05.27

Who are those people in pink? It's a new valet service; Carbon. SF: BestParking.com; ParkWhiz; ParkMe; Zirx - 05.27

End of an era in D.C.: Technology is changing the way we park as tickets decline; ParkWhiz; Parking Panda; ParkMe; SpotHero - 05.27

Portland (OR) parking meter scandal: Cale executive was privy to emails from disgraced distributor - 05.27

SMC Software adds Innovative Updates to Website Redesign - 05.27

Quercus announces the launch of the brand-new license plate recognition unit SmartLPR® Access NA - 05.27

Bankruptcy Auction: Parktoria Technologies Ltd. (Aparc) – in Bankruptcy, Saturday, May 30th 10am - 05.27

Pango, the parking mobile-payment vendor, moving from Manhattan, NY to Philadelphia, PA - 05.26

AT&T sees future beyond phones; putting data sensors into parking meters - 05.26

The Connected Car: The Future of Transportation; Passport, Charlie Youakim - 05.26

New Technology to Make Square Parking, Learning about Oxford, MS Easier; Passport - 05.26

Now Every App Is Called 'Uber for ...' Which company will take market domination? Zirx - 05.26

Parking Network Hosting First Airport Parking Network Event USA 29-30 August 2015 in Miami, FL - 05.26

Canada: Nine apps to help you make the most of your workday; GreenP (Passport) - 05.26

Parking app debuts in downtown Beverly, MA; GoParkIt - 05.26

Parking study to assess whether St. Petersburg, FL needs another garage; Kimley-Horn and Associates - 05.26

Bemrose Launches US Business - 05.22

Parkeon Launches City News Application - 05.22

THE CONNECTED CITY: New smart parking technologies; Xerox; Parking Panda; ParkWhiz; Pay-by-Phone - 05.22

Parking services to help with Give to Lincoln Day (May 28- Lincoln, NE) efforts; Passport - 05.22

International Parking Institute Announces Results of Board of Directors Election - 05.22

Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets - 05.22

Parking app may be a relief for Clearwater Beach, FL visitors; Parkmobile - 05.22

Bright Ideas: On Demand Service Apps Making Your Life Almost Too Easy; Luxe - 05.22

Beaufort's (SC) free parking concerns task force; SP+ - 05.22

DC parking signs leaving many drivers confused. Sixty percent of DC drivers now use the smartphone app to park; Parkmobile - 05.22

On-Demand Parking Startup Luxe Grabs a Product Boss From YouTube - 05.22

Parking apps will allow owners to rent out parking spots by the hour in Toronto, Canada. Rover; WhereiPark; HonkMobile - 05.22

There's An Absurd War Happening Between On-Demand Valet Parking Apps; Zirx: Luxe; Caarbon; Upshift - 05.21

Parkmobile to move headquarters to Midtown Atlanta - 05.21

Pango Parking, an Israeli firm, wins in Philadelphia, PA beating out 4 other apps: MobileNow: Passport: Parkmobile; PayByPhone - 05.21

PPA (Philadelphia Parking Authority) picks vendor for mobile parking app; Pango - 05.21

Federal prosecutors recommend bribe-taking Portland, OR parking manager Ellis K. McCoy spend more than 2 years in prison; Cale - 05.21

Off the Record - on EMV - JVH PT's Blog - 05.21

EMV Info Featured in Parking Technology Today - JVH PT Blog - 05.21

Coming round to parking tech; smart parking solutions; Telensa - 05.21

Dan Gilbert adds 1,800 New Center, Detroit, MI parking spaces to real estate portfolio. Deal for decks at Lothrop Parking Garage; Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC - 05.21

Oklahoma City, OK parking lot attendant accused of stealing nearly half million dollars; Republic Parking Systems - 05.21

Parking and the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Everyone is Losing; by Passport - 05.20

UK: A quarter of Aberdeen’s parking meters to be removed; PaybyPhone - 05.20

Ocean City, MD announces mobile parking app, Parkmobile - 05.20

Spaced out: The future of parking in downtown Asheville, NC; Passport - 05.20

Schmit Parkeersystemen B.V. new Scheidt & Bachmann´s subsidiary - 05.20

Niagara Falls, NY: Dyster's Parking Meter Plan Another Example of Government by Wishing; Ber-National Inc - 05.20

The Top 5 Israeli Mobile Apps Looking to Revolutionize Parking; Anagog; Parko; Pango; CelloPark; ParkLife - 05.20

The Final Frontier in Navigation Apps: Finding Parking; VoicePark - 05.20

What is Shared Parking? Green Parking Council; ITDP (The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy) - 05.19


Harrisburg, PA drivers find out the hard way that grace period for expired parking meters not in effect; Standard Parking, SP+ - 05.19

Advanced Parking Concepts, LLC (APC) held their 5th Annual Valet Olympics on April 19th - 05.19



Help Wanted: ON-STREET OPERATIONS MANAGER with The Albany Parking Authority - 05.19

Successful development by Cale in Indonesia - 05.19

ParkCloud's delight at Turkish growth - 05.19

Guide To The Best Parking In Downtown Chicago, IL; Parkwhiz; parkopedia; GreenWay - 05.18

Proximity parking app drives retail sales; HotSpot; Kontakti.io; Passport - 05.18

Miami, FL: Robotic parking garage ruins commute, Brickell condo residents say; Boomerang Systems - 05.18

SPRINGFIELD, OR: Cutting edge?: Mayor proposes a parking garage for Glenwood made of wood - CLT (cross-laminated timber); Rick Williams Consulting - 05.18

Clearwater, FL adds app as parking meter option; Parkmobile - 05.18


Parkmobile exeeds 2 million parking transactions per month in the US - 05.15

Asbury Park, NJ gets more parking; find out where; Desman Associates - 05.15


Billionaire Carl Icahn Invests $100 Million In Lyft's Latest Round - 05.15

New app ParkSLC launched by city to improve Salt Lake City, UT parking; Passport - 05.15

Ridgewood, NJ launches pay-by-phone parking; ParkMobile - 05.15

Parking meters bring in big bucks for Spokane, WA; Quick Pay - 05.15

MobileNOW! to Launch Mobile Payments in Eighth New Jersey Location, Union - 05.15

New York City’s Largest Parking Provider, Icon Parking Systems Partners with ParkWhiz - 05.15

ParkSLC app: customers don't have to leave the table to pay for parking in Salt Lake City, UT; Passport - 05.15

Serge Gojkovich, CEO of CurbStand featured on businessrockstars.com - 05.14

Winooski, VT: Paid parking begins Monday; Cale WayToPark app - 05.14

Dubai, UAE: New Technologies and Revenue Generating Solutions for Parking Facilities; Smart Parking UAE - 05.14

NelsonNygaard is hiring in their SFO, PDX, and BOS offices to improve transportation across the United States - 05.14

PIL Launches P43 Long Range UltraSonic Sensors (parking lot detection/barrier monitoring) PIL Partners with Hoffmann-Krippner for distribution in the US & Canada - 05.14

Royal Oak, MI to make parking easier for credit card users; Park Rite, Inc. - 05.14

Salt Lake City, UT launches new pay-by-phone parking app ParkSLC; Passport - 05.14

The Art of Parking Analytics -- Matt Darst, Vice President of Parking and Mobility Solutions, Xerox’s Local Government Transportation Division

This is not a pipe.


Ceci n’est pas une pipe. Belgium artist Rene Magritte painted “The Treachery of Images” in 1929 to show that things are not always what they seem.

This, in fact, is not a pipe. It is the portrayal of a pipe, the semblance of a pipe. 

Similarly, more and more companies are portraying their ability to host big data, provide reports, and offer system dashboards as analytics. That work, though valuable, does not constitute true analytics. 


Ceci n’est pas analytiques.


Why do I say that? Because “analytics” has become the buzzword du jour. The notion has been watered-down through overuse in a marketplace hungry for differentiation. In truth, analysis and analytics are very different things. The simple provision of reports and dashboards fails in two ways. First, the provision of datasets alone does not reflect a real understanding of patterns. Comprehending patterns is critical to identify behavioral trends, the impact of technology, and the effectiveness of business processes. Second, these tools don’t communicate those patterns and their importance to decision-makers. 

Only through data classification, data clustering, the application of statistical and economic theory, predictive modeling by data scientists, and machine learning can we completely understand parking habits. It’s this knowledge that affects positive behavioral change, determines the rate of return on hardware and software, and improves operations. 

Through analytics, we should come to recognize and understand patterns in data. Through analytics, we gain insights to guide decision-making. Through analytics, we can make recommendations to improve parking. 

Analytics isn’t reactive. It’s a call to action. 


Painting a complete picture of parking. 

The application of analytics to parking and mobility should address one or more of three critical objectives. 

Transforming the customer experience. Time is the new metric. While client revenue and efficiency are critical, those goals are largely divorced from the customer experience. Time, however, speaks to us universally. It’s a precious and limited resource, and when it’s wasted, it’s gone forever. 

Optimize operations. Data can guide decisions about how we manage our resources and staff, reducing costs and improving parking revenues.

Improve sustainability. Analytics is key to understanding returns on investment, managing demand, promoting driving alternatives and green technology. 


Making parking easy.

Parking is a process, and a difficult one at that. It begins before a motorist ever puts his or her keys in the ignition, when one first starts thinking about a trip. It continues through the drive, as the customer tries to understand signage and find a space. Paying for parking, adding time to a meter, exiting, and even dealing with parking tickets are all part of the parking process. 

Analytics can be used to make parking more convenient. For instance, analytics can:

Drive the right parking meter mix. Parking managers struggle with the decision to implement free flow or pay by space parking. Does free flow parking really create more space, or do the parking habits of customers limit the benefits of such an environment? The use of video analytics to establish where cars actually park and the distance between them can help determine the right asset mix to ensure the greatest number of available parking spaces, thereby reducing travel times and improving revenues. The right solution isn’t always the one you think. 

Establish the right hourly rates. Parking administrators shouldn’t take a “finger in the air” approach to setting rates. Using machine learning, rates can be adjusted as frequently as necessary to effectively communicate occupancy and manage demand. In Los Angeles, for instance, the implementation of analytics informed demand-based pricing reduced parking congestion by 10% in overused areas and improved use of underutilized areas by 5%. 

Help parking managers understand purchase patterns. How much time are your customers spending pressing buttons at a pay box or single space meter? The amount of time spent pushing buttons can be reduced. By studying meter purchases and appropriately modifying the default purchase values in Indianapolis, the City was able to reduce the number of button pushes by 50% to 75%. Less time spent playing with a meter means more time customers get to spend doing what they want.

Inform the redesign of signs and messaging. Using analytics, parking managers can be judicious in how and where they install street signs. Analytics can guide decisions to optimize the benefit of signage to direct customers to cheaper parking options, provide them with information about payment alternatives, promote bicycling, and make using kiosks and meters easier.

Ensure time limits are not arbitrary. Too often, the maximum amount of time a customer can stay at a meter is set by an ordinance or regulation without any real understanding of occupancy, shifts in demand throughout the day, or unique demand generators—businesses like restaurants, merchants, gyms, and concert venues—on a block. In fact, time limits rarely correlate to the goals of a parking program to reduce the time spent dealing with meters, increase use in underused spaces, and reduce the use of congested spaces. Indianapolis used analytics to reevaluate traditional time limits, establishing new limits that increased paid use in underused areas and meter revenue by more than 20%, increased the percentage of credit card payments, and reduced meter wear and tear by reducing the number transactions.


The parking palette.

Like artists, parking managers are only as good as the paint on their palette. Analytics informs the tones and hues necessary to realize one’s vision, mixing policy decisions concerning time limits, locations, hours, rates, payment alternatives, and compliance to get the right pigment. 


In addition to rates and time limits as discussed above, parking managers can optimize parking operations by using analytics to determine the right location and hours for paid parking. Further, administrators can help solve the problem of scarce parking resources by using predictive analytics to identify parking citations before they happen. Using a variety of data components, data scientists can make recommendations to improve productivity in sustainable ways while also improving compliance with the meters.  

Data can be used to establish and recommend:

• The right enforcement, maintenance, and collections staffing levels during different times of the day

• The size and shape of the beats to be worked by enforcement personnel

• Routes for enforcement personnel to walk and drive to optimize their productivity

• The right fine amounts to promote compliance without impacting revenues

• The impact, if any, of customers parking at meters with remaining paid value on total system revenue when changes to meter programming defaults and time limits are made. By periodically providing this analysis, we can ascertain whether meter policy changes are protecting revenues and municipal margins

In Indianapolis, similar efforts allowed the correlation between vehicle occupancy and paid meter parking to improve from .70 to .982.


Making art affordable for everyone.

By using data proxies, parking managers can reduce the number of sensors necessary to detect parked vehicles. A smart grid need not be an expensive grid if information about equipment and consumer behavior is properly leveraged. Improvements in efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of parking can be achieved by moving to an “asset lite” approach to parking infrastructure. By using data proxies and temporal and spatial sampling, cities can mitigate the risk associated with equipment outages and improve wayfinding for customers.


Parking for Art’s Sake.

Parking managers are no different than artists really, using their critical and discerning eye to paint a compelling parking portrait with analytics. Being a good artist takes practice, and parking professionals should set aside time to hone their analytical skills. Like the Impressionists, don’t be afraid to lean on your community of artists to provide fresh analytical perspectives and ideas, share results, and find your muse. 

Parking is like art. Both are essential to vibrant neighborhoods, ensuring economic vitality and quality of life. When executed well, your parking program can be a masterpiece.



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