California Department of Transportation

Smart Parking Pilot Project

Smart Parking

With parking construction and land use costs increasing, innovative alternatives for meeting near-term parking demand are needed. Smart parking management could provide a cost-effective solution. One smart parking management approach, a concept that we call "dynamic messaging," uses advanced technologies to alert and guide travelers to parking spaces as they become available at or nearby desired destinations to make the most effective use of the existing parking supply. The transit-based, smart parking management research pilot study will test and evaluate an advanced dynamic smart parking management system to better utilize existing unpaid parking at a transit station (for example, BART's Rockridge station), where parking capacity is strained and to explore a shorter-term (i.e., daily) paid parking concept (at present, BART's paid parking is monthly only).

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