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“Pocketsourcing” may do away with street sensors for parking

“Pocketsourcing” may do away with street sensors for parking

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Any city that has purchased and installed wireless parking sensors may be the latest victim of rapid technological change, because a new app called PocketParker may make them obsolete. The app is still in development, but a paper about its progress was presented last week at the UbiComp computing conference in Seattle. Researchers from the State University […]

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Houston plans airport garage three times larger than the terminal

Houston plans airport garage three times larger than the terminal

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year, 11 million people passed through Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport, a record number of travelers that means more flights — but also fewer parking spots for employees, passengers, and the people who ferry them to and from departure and arrival gates. “It’s always hard looking for a parking spot,” says Myesha Harry, who […]

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More money for an app that fights parking tickets for you

More money for an app that fights parking tickets for you

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets for drivers, found itself in an enviable position for a startup last month: turning down money from investors. It raised $1.2 million in seed funding from backers that included Merus Capital, Y Combinator, and angel investors such as Scott Banister and Mark Randolph, among others. The company […]

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Many employers misunderstand accessible parking

Many employers misunderstand accessible parking

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Employers are bound by law to provide accessible parking to eligible employees. But that’s not always enough. When employers fail to treat each accessible parking issue individually, they may be in violation even when they think they are operating well within the law. A former Kaiser employee sued her company for $143,000 after she was […]

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Parking apps with an urban impact catch governments’ eyes

Parking apps with an urban impact catch governments’ eyes

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Building an app might be easy. Getting people to use it could be tougher. But you know you’ve got something big if you’ve got the government’s attention. TicketZen is one such app that caught the government’s eye when it promised to remind users of parking tickets and in the process “improve time to collection and […]

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Portlanders in trouble with the city over DIY no parking signs

Portlanders in trouble with the city over DIY no parking signs

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Residents of northeast Portland, Oregon have run into trouble with the city after they put up DIY signs to stop outsiders from using their streets as a free parking zone. The city declared the signs illegal, after which the neighborhood took them down.   PDX airport-bound people use the street as a free parking spot, […]

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San Francisco may give more parking spots to car sharing companies

San Francisco may give more parking spots to car sharing companies

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to car sharing companies, one key bottleneck in car sharing gaining momentum is the lack of parking spaces. Now, to help them ease into the city, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is set to approve fifty on-street car-share parking spots. “It opens up a lot more of the city to car-sharing,” says […]

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Parking efficiency makes giant LEEP

Parking efficiency makes giant LEEP

| May 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

The parking industry spends more than $6 billion lighting its garages and lots, but now owners of those facilities can turn to a consortium of organizations committed to helping them lower costs through more efficient lighting options. Together the Green Parking Council, International Facility Management Association, and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance, as […]

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New affordable housing plan may tackle NYC parking mandates

New affordable housing plan may tackle NYC parking mandates

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

An argument that public officials and housing advocates in New York City have long made—that parking mandates contribute to the high costs of new housing there—may soon be validated by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new affordable housing plan. Due May 1, the plan will be produced by the mayor’s housing team, which includes Vicki Been, […]

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Parking meter rate hike in Philadelphia could mean more funds for city schools

Parking meter rate hike in Philadelphia could mean more funds for city schools

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Very soon, drivers in Philadelphia may have to shell out more money for parking. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) is planning to increase existing parking meter rates in order to generate extra revenue for the cash-starved district. The PPA’s proposal, if approved by the city council, will take the parking meter rates up by $0.50 […]

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