Parking Matters Blog

FHWA Announces Transportation Technology Grants

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $60 million in grants available for cities and states to enable transportation technology and improve mobility. The Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program grants are available to cities, states, local government and transit agencies, and planning organizations. This is the fourth Read More »

OK Google, Where’d I Park?

Google is rolling out the re-launch of its Assistant parking feature, giving users the ability to ask where they left their cars and get a pretty accurate answer. Users who have location services enabled can ask their phones where they parked without checking Google Maps or needing to actively mark Read More »

What’s in an Acronym? Opportunity

By Shawn Conrad, CAE After reviewing all the programs, professional development opportunities, and number of exhibitors at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo in Anaheim, I had a flashback to my first association and how different IPMI is from that experience. That association was proactive like IPMI, but the industry Read More »

A New Player in the Micro-mobility Game

In what the Washington Post is saying may be the next big trend in micro-mobility, Bird will pilot a two-seater, electric vehicle with an LCD screen, hydraulic disc brakes, and a 52-volt battery. The Post called the Bird Cruiser, “a hybrid between a heavy-duty dirt bike and a slimmed down Read More »

Follow Up: Ellicott City Flood

By David Feehan Several weeks ago, I wrote about disaster planning and the horrendous flood that nearly destroyed downtown Ellicott City, Md. Now, County Executive Calvin Ball has proposed a more expensive flood mitigation plan for the city. The price tag could easily reach $140 million–no small number for a Read More »

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Deploys Driverless Shuttle for Mobility Study

In a joint study with North Carolina AT&T State University, researchers at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have deployed a driverless shuttle on their own entrance road to see if similar systems might alleviate help first-and-last-mile challenges for elderly and disabled travelers. Project team leaders said they think automated shuttles running Read More »

Are You Ready?

By Kathleen Federici, MEd Are you ready? It’s here! Next week thousands of our friends, friends we have yet to meet, and colleagues will be gathered together in Anaheim for the IPMI Conference & Expo. You might find it helpful to search Anaheim in your LinkedIn contacts and send some Read More »

U.K. Enacts Data Standards for Parking

The U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) has committed £1 million to research and put into place parking data standards created by the Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) to help drivers find parking more easily. Officials said it was the first time the APDS standards would be put into place Read More »

Expanding Traveler Choices Through the Use of Incentives: A Compendium of Examples

By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP Near the end of last year, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a new report: “Expanding Traveler Choices Through the Use of Incentives: A Compendium of Examples”. Below is a brief abstract describing the document. “With increased congestion across the Nation’s roadways, transportation agencies, universities, Read More »

City Offers VIP Parking at its Transit Station for $1,200 per Year

A Chicago suburb is getting attention for its plan to offer local residents the chance to buy guaranteed VIP parking at its Metra commuter train station for $1,200 per space, per year. News outlets report it’s the first time such a plan has been launched at a public transit station. Read More »