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  • Saving Lives: Suicide mitigation updates for parking garages.

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP MITIGATING SUICIDES IN PARKING FACILITIES is a continuing topic of interest. Recent media coverage of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain revealed that people may be struggling and in pain with mental health issues to the point where they may consider suicide, but Read More »

  • Just Published: A Practical Guide for Solving Accessible Parking Challenges

    The IPMI-led Accessible Parking Coalition (APC), has just published Let’s Make Accessible Parking More Accessible. This groundbreaking, free, downloadable 24-page publication, written for parking and mobility professionals and decision-makers, was developed by a team of IPMI members serving on the APC Advisory Council, in conjunction with advocacy groups for people Read More »

  • Airport Knights: How DFW Airport’s Courtesy Patrol helped customers, eased parking, and grew a giant fan base.

    By Robert Petersen, CAPP DALLAS FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL (DFW) AIRPORT launched its Courtesy Patrol program in 2013 to provide assistance to guests parking at its terminal garages. Members of this team seek out guests who need assistance with jump-starts, tire inflations, and locating vehicles. Ser­vice is provided seven days a Read More »

  • Take the FEMA Training Challenge

    By Victor A. Hill, MPA, CAPP IPI’S SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE—with its new crop of members—is up and running. I’m honored to co-chair this committee alongside Robert Milner, CAPP, director of parking and transporta­tion services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. We worked in fire service and law enforcement, and Read More »

  • The SHAPE of Disabled Parking Enforcement

    An innovative parking enforcement program deputizes volunteers to police parking spaces reserved for the disabled, and they take it very seriously. By Bill Smith, APR Anyone who has a disability or loves someone with a disability has experienced the frustration of not being able to find parking because the designated Read More »

  • A Guide to Parking

    IPI’s mission to advance the parking profession manifests in a number of ways – through top-notch education, certification and accreditation, and connecting our community through the conference and expo and now online through Forum.    Publications are another hallmark program of our organization; take a look through this magazine and the Read More »

  • Forum, IPI’s New Online Community

    Forum is an online community that gives members a powerful new way to access and share parking, transportation, and mobility-industry information and on-the-job experiences. IPI members can log in and join vibrant discussions, gain others’ perspectives on questions and challenges, access a robust, online library of member knowledge and resources, Read More »

  • Reducing Theft in Parking Facilities

    By Dan Fortinberry, CAPP As the holidays approach and parking operators start to gear up for a possible increase in automobile break-ins and thefts in their parking facilities, there are several cost-effective and long-term fixes to consider. As a former security professional, I have always viewed my subsequent careers through Read More »

  • On the Go

    On the Go Mobile payments gain momentum in the parking industry.  The parking industry has greatly evolved in recent years with the introduction of new and better technologies. Even well into the 1990s, some parking garages used cigar boxes to accept payments—consumers simply dropped cash into the box and parked Read More »

  • Battening Down

    Battening Down One way to deal with the unpredictable costs of winter weather.   Believe it or not, snow and ice are right around the corner. The volatility of the past several winters, from mild temperatures to record snowfall, has complicated the already difficult task of budgeting during the winter months. This Read More »

  • Safer Shuttles

    Safer Shuttles Do you know the rules and regulations governing shuttle operations? How to comply and minimize your risk.  T he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the governing arm concerning commercial transportation regulations, last year collected fines for shuttle infractions in excess of $33 million from different transit agencies around the U.S. Read More »

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land What happens when a seasoned parking planner becomes a frontline intern? (Hint: It’s half fabulous and half hilarious.)   You know, sometimes it’s just interesting to hear how other people perceive you. That’s how this all started—I was sitting around with some of my favorite Southwestern parking Read More »

  • The Equifax Breach: Now What?

    By Mark A. Vergenes Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, recently announced a massive data security breach that exposed the vital personal identification data of roughly 55 percent of Americans age 18 and older. This data breach was especially egregious because the company reportedly waited roughly six Read More »

  • IPI TV, Radio, and Print Public Service Ads Seek to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Parked Cars

    Parking Safety Matters campaign reminds drivers not to leave children in sweltering back seats this summer. On average, a child dies from heatstroke in the back seat of a parked car every 10 days, and the death toll typically rises to two per week from May to September. Sixteen children Read More »

  • Online Courses: Federal Emergency Management Agency – Emergency Management Institute

    Introduction to Incident Command System Length: 3 hours, 3 CAPP Points towards application or recertification. Description: CS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure Read More »

  • Online Course: First Observer Plus

    Length of time: 44 minutes. Cost: Free. Credit: 1 CAPP Point towards certification or recertification. Register here to complete the training and receive a TSA certificate at the completion of the training. Description: First Observer Plus is a Department of Homeland Security program, administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to Read More »

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    A New Home Base

    by Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP  IPI builds a new website for members and the parking community. IPI has a new online look, but our new website is far more than just a costume change. When IPI staff and the Board of Directors made the decision to launch a new Read More »

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    Community Assets

    By Natasha Labi, CAPP  The intrinsic value of parking enforcement officers to their neighborhoods. ON AN OLD EPISODE OF “PARKING WARS,” a Philadelphia parking enforcement officer (PEO) walked solemnly back to his vehicle as an irate parking violator hurled such vulgar profanity in his direction that mandatory Federal Communications Commission bleeping Read More »

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    Staying Put

    by Geary Robinson What it means to shelter in place and how to know it’s the right decision during a crisis. In the first grade at Washington Elementary School, Lawton, Okla., the bell rang and our teacher instructed us to leave our classroom, line up in the hallway, turn and face Read More »

  • Hold that Post

    by John V. Collins, CAPP What hiring managers say employees and candidates should think about before using social media, even on their own time.  I know I am getting up there in age and have to accept that technology may be starting to pass me by (if you ask my Read More »

  • Smarter than the Average Detective

    by Charlie Francis   How municipal parking finance professionals can catch parking bandits with data visualization.  I FIRST ENCOUNTERED the parking industry in the early 1970s as an entry-level accountant. I had to manually count the number of parked cars in each of Denver’s public parking lots between downtown and what Read More »


    By Ryan J. Givens, CAPP The unusual parking challenges faced at Penn State (and the creative solutions that worked) when a new ice arena was constructed on campus.  What university wouldn’t love a brand-new ice arena for its hockey team? While it was certainly exciting (for all the right reasons) Read More »

  • White House Calling

    White House Calling The unique challenges posed to parking professionals when the president and friends pay a visit.  While presidential politics is consuming the news across the U.S. this year, it’s always a focal point of life here in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Many sites around the region serve Read More »

  • We May Have a Fraud Issue. Now What?

    By Vicki Pero, SPHR When the term “audit” is used in the parking industry, it covers three functional areas: loss prevention, fraud investigation, and location (internal) audit. The fraud investigation component sometimes presents a challenge because many organizations don’t have a documented process defining roles and responsibilities. Establishing a process Read More »

  • Five Things You Can Do July 31

    By Helen Sullivan Sixteen children have died from heatstroke in hot parked cars so far this year.* Summer isn’t nearly over. Here’s how this tragedy happens: 54 percent: child forgotten by caregiver. 29 percent: child playing in unattended vehicle. 17 percent: child intentionally left in vehicle by adult. 1 percent: Read More »

  • Fighting Back Against Ransomware

    By Kyle Cashion Large and small businesses, individuals, and municipalities have fallen victim to a new kind of attack known as “ransomware.” Ransomware, as its name indicates, encrypts your files or locks you out of your computer until you pay a ransom. Often the extortionists demand to be paid in Read More »

  • Becoming Cyber-Super Man

    By Kyle Cashion How to transform into a superhero and battle back evil (and dangerous) ransomware. COMPUTER VIRUSES have long been a problem. Initially, they were often developed simply to cause havoc and give their developers some malicious entertainment. Today, however, computer viruses are more likely to pose a serious Read More »

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    Future Thinking

    By David Kubik, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Within the Past decade, cities have become home to more than half of the global population, and the United Nations projects that the proportion of urban dwellers will reach 66 percent by 2050. Growing populations are putting a strain on the physical infrastructure Read More »

  • Going Green with LED Lighting Retrofits

    By Jennifer I. Tougas, PhD, CAPP If you are looking for ways to save money in your operation, take a hard look at your lighting system. Recent advances in the lighting industry allow us to save energy with more efficient fixtures, more intelligent controls, and lower maintenance needs. All of Read More »

  • IPI’s New 30-Second Public Service Video Seeks to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Parked Cars

    Parking Safety Matters campaign reminds drivers not to leave children in sweltering back seats this summer ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 15, 2016 – On average, a child dies from heatstroke in the back seat of a parked car every 10 days, and the death toll typically rises to two per week Read More »

  • More than ACRONYMS

    Why parking professionals need to understand NIMS and ICS and what each can do in a disaster. By Mark D. Napier, CAPP It is important for all parking professionals to understand the basic tenants of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). The fundamentals of Read More »

  • Distracted Parking

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I recently had an assignment to research pedestrian safety best practices in parking facilities. While this has always been an issue to some degree, the same technology advances that have made distracted driving such an important topic also apply to increased incidents of accidents in Read More »

  • Homeland Security: Everything to do with Parking

    By Alex Smith Homeland Security: a phrase that hid in the shadows of the American public until the morning of September 11, 2001. Since that tragic morning, Homeland Security has become something that is embedded in every part of our culture, from shopping at the mall to going to the Read More »

  • Fifty Shades of Blue

    By Casey Jones, CAPP Last year, I traveled about 130,000 miles. My work takes me to all kinds of places and I have the chance to be in lots of different airports along the way. There are also a few I travel to and through more frequently–DEN, SFO, ORD, and Read More »

  • Parking Safety Matters PSA and Fact Sheet: Heatstroke

    Combined public safety ad and fact sheet on preventing heatstroke deaths of children in parked cars. Get the fact sheet only.

  • How to Park: The Must-Read Manual for Teen Drivers

    Tips for helping teenagers become safe drivers.  Designed for teens and their parents. How to Park

  • Don’t Forget the Kids

    By Stasha Echols As we hit the middle of the year and temperatures start climbing, we have vacations and cookouts and summer fun on our minds. Along with the summer fun comes the summer heat, and with the summer heat come stories of children and pets being left in hot Read More »

  • National Guidelines A Green Idea

    By Paul Wessel I was struck when reading “In Sickness and In Health,” Christina Onesirosan Martinez’s April Parking Matters® Blog ( post, that Britain’s Department of Health had issued comprehensive parking guidelines. It’s hard to imagine the U.S. National Institutes of Health or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doing Read More »

  • Lots of Greening

    By Brian McKelligett The city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently completed an almost one-year renovation of its very popular and recently renamed Cox’s Landing 15th Street Boat Launch. This launch facility has long been popular with boaters thanks to its easy access to the ocean. The city estimates that more Read More »

  • Making a LEEP

    By Michael Myer There’s no doubt about it: Parking facility lighting has come a long way in recent years, saving energy, money, and nearly countless resources. Thanks to a new campaign and awards program, it’s taking a giant LEEP and hopes to achieve more than 500 million square feet of Read More »

  • Modern Chauffeurs

    By Soumya S. Dey, PE, PMP, and Stephanie Dock, AICP The parking industry has seen more changes in the last decade than it did in the preceding 60-plus years, since the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935. Fundamental shifts are underway that can be categorized into Read More »

  • Elevating the Art of Parking

    By Jim Ketai The Bedrock Real Estate Services team is on a mission to revitalize Detroit by creating jobs, excitement, and opportunity. The short-term results we have achieved since 2011 are noteworthy: 40 properties, including several historic skyscrapers, have been acquired, and more than 100 businesses have been recruited to Read More »

  • Strategic Planning Sustainability at its Best

    By Rick Decker, CAPP How do we incorporate sustainability into our parking operations and the strategic planning of our larger organizations? Frequently, budgeting and planning methods are already in place and can be difficult to influence. It appears a daunting task. Let me add some rays of hope. There are Read More »

  • Illuminating

    By Philip Lavee The historic Hills Plaza building in San Francisco’s South of Market waterfront district is home to high-profile companies including Google and global architecture and design firm Gensler. When global commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) decided to upgrade the lighting in the parking garage, Read More »

  • Permits? What Permits?

    By Alan M. Rucker and David Davitaia Nearly 25,000 daily parkers use lots and count on the Department of Transportation to provide an accurately enforced and cost-effective approach to parking at the University of Maryland, College Park. Decades ago, the backbone of that system was bumper stickers indicating lot assignment, Read More »

  • From the Far Horizon

    By David Hill, MA, CAPP, and J.D. Hassan As parking professionals, we are no strangers to technological innovation; our industry turns on technology and new ideas and concepts are all around us. But every once in a while, a new idea comes along that has the potential to completely change Read More »

  • Little Rock Parking Enforcement Goes All-Out for the Cure

    The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was recently held in Little Rock, Ark., and the city’s parking enforcement division went above and beyond to help out. The 5K race is run through the heart of the downtown area and has not only the second-largest number of participants of Read More »

  • Municipal Residential Permit Parking Programs Legal or Not

    By Leonard T. Bier, JD, CAPP Resident permit parking (RPP) is a well-established parking management tool throughout the United States. However, what we take for granted today was not a legal certainty until 1977. Steve Monetti, former executive director of the Fort Lee Parking Authority, N.J., as well as a Read More »

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Parking

    By William F. Kavanagh, AIA A ccessible parking requirements are fairly straightforward and easy to comply with if you understand what all of the applicable requirements are for a given garage location. This article will focus on some of the basic accessible parking requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act Read More »

  • Learning to Flex

    By Matt Darst When hourly parking meter prices don’t keep up with demand, finding parking can be a real burden. Static prices force static behavior. When every meter is priced the same every hour of the day no matter how many spaces are filled or how many drivers want them, Read More »

  • An Outstanding Operation

    By Alejandra Argudin, LEED AP, CAPP The Miami Parking Authority (MPA) is proud to offer outstanding service to residents of and visitors to our large city and even prouder to have recently been recognized as one of the first five Accredited Parking Organizations (APO) by the International Parking Institute. Getting Read More »

  • The Best Fixes

    By John M. Porter, PE, and Nathan D. Boutin, PE Parking structures are an integral element in our daily lives that create an interchange between our homes, our destinations, and our built environment. These structures are often incorporated into buildings, integrated into the surrounding landscape, or serve as stand-alone architectural Read More »

  • Parking a la Pavarotti

    By Chip Chism Freshman orientation is an exciting time for any college community. The campus is full of both eager students and anxious parents trying to learn as much as possible about the school that will become a home away from home for the student. During the two days of Read More »

  • Case Study Greening a Campus

    By Mark Pace and J. Michael Whitcomb, PE Montgomery College in Maryland has incorporated ice thermal storage in its campus central plants as a summertime electrical demand management strategy since the early 1990s. Highly efficient rotary screw industrial chillers that use ammonia refrigerant (R717) operate at night when electrical demand Read More »

  • Saving Lives

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP This is the story I never wanted to write. I have published many stories over the years but fought the urge to share my experiences on a topic we would hope to never encounter as parking professionals: dealing with a suicide from one of our Read More »

  • Video Surveillance: The Rise of the Machine

    By Leonard T. Bier, JD, CAPP What is the connection between video surveillance, police brutality, and the parking industry? To begin with, many off-street parking facilities use closed-circuit television (CCTV) to monitor vehicle entry and exit lanes, capture license plate information, and record video of persons entering and leaving. This Read More »

  • Locking Down

    By Bill Smith During the past decade, data breaches have become increasingly common. Retail and healthcare leaders such as Home Depot, Target, TJX, and Anthem, Inc., have been the targets of sophisticated attacks through which millions of customers’ information was compromised. In this electronic age when our personal and financial Read More »

  • Simple Fixes

    By Ron Steedly, CAPP, MEd, LCI Let’s face it: Bicycle transportation on a college campus is essential. No matter if the campus is 5,200 acres like Texas A&M University (10th in the nation in overall acres) with nearly 56,000 students or 14 acres like Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Read More »

  • Boosting Credit Security

    By Randy Vanderhoof The U.S. is more than three years into its migration to Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) chip payments, and 2015 is expected to be a year of great progress. Last year, there were approximately 120 million chip cards in the market, and this number is expected to leap Read More »

  • Being Prepared

    By Bruce Barclay, CAPP This exercise was the culmination of a 10-month process that included a planning team of 35 people from 20 different organizations. In the months prior to the exercise, the planning team worked diligently to solidify objectives and expected actions, confirm extent of play from participating agencies, Read More »

  • Making The Most

    By Ryan Baker and Chris Chettle, CAPP There’s been a shift in parking technology adoption in recent years. Where single-space meters and gated systems once monopolized the parking landscape, both public and private parking operators are now realizing the benefits of multi-space parking pay stations. This technology offers the flexibility Read More »

  • Automated Vehicle Storage Retrieval System Update

    By Donald R. Monahan, PE After completion of the first two fully automated vehicle storage/retrieval systems (AVSRS) in October 2002 (Hoboken, N.J., and Washington, D.C.), it took another five years before the third system was completed in the U.S., in New York City. To date, 14 systems have been completed, Read More »

  • SANDAG Parking Management Toolbox

    By Antoinette Meier, AICP, Marisa Mangan, and Brett Wood, CAPP For cities well-staffed and versed in all things parking, it may seem easy: Assess the problem, apply the solution, and keep moving along. But what about communities or towns who have never even considered the benefits or impacts of parking Read More »

  • Stepping It Up

    By Nima Chhay, Sean Laraway, Susan Snycerski, and Marjorie Freedman The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that more than one-third of adult Americans are obese, which threatens their health and costs our nation $147 billion in health costs annually. As members of a university community, we are Read More »

  • Garage Ventilation Options Improve

    By Frank Nagle One of the major sources of energy consumption and operational cost for an enclosed garage is the mechanical ventilation system. Indeed, as much as two-thirds of the monthly/annual energy bill can be attributed to ventilation costs for garage operators running their properties’ garage fans in accordance with Read More »

  • A Robotic Revolution

    By Wes Guckert, PTP A report recently issued by the United Nations highlighted a global trend: More than half (54 percent) of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This trend isn’t expected to slow anytime soon. In fact, that number is forecast to rise to 66 percent by 2050. Read More »

  • Changing Perspectives

    By Rob Ley Eskenazi Hospital was established in the 1850s in Indianapolis to treat soldiers with smallpox. It has since become one of the largest hospitals in the Midwest and primarily cares for low- to medium-income patients. A few years ago, the hospital began construction of a massive expansion. Included Read More »

  • Utility Meets Beauty

    By Wendy DeCapite According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 105 million commercial parking spaces in the U.S. As cities grow more crowded and new businesses emerge in the suburbs, the need for parking garages has increased. Despite its status as a functional necessity, the parking garage Read More »

  • The Hottest New Couple In Town

    By Vanessa Weston, CAPP Automobiles have been around for centuries, and from their initial introduction until today, have needed their own storage: parking. Smartphones have been around since 1993 but did not become a part of consumers’ everyday lifestyle until the last decade or so. Who would ever think of Read More »

  • Success On Two Wheels

    By Holly Parker As a practitioner in the specialized profession of higher-ed sustainable transportation for more than 13 years, I can confidently say that I looked for the perfect bikeshare solution for a university campus for about a dozen years. Anyone who sees bikesharing as the economical, scalable, and emission-free Read More »

  • Are We Prepared

    By Dan Barion If someone had asked me on Sept. 10, 2001, what I thought I would be doing in 2014, at the very bottom of my list of responses would have been serving as chief of public safety for the City of Tampa Parking Division. Back then, I was Read More »

  • Paying the Freight

    By Duke Hanson Whether you live in, work in, or just visit dense urban centers, it is likely that you’ve had to run the on-street gauntlet of double-parked delivery vehicles. Certainly, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has noticed, as that agency attributes a significant amount of city gridlock to restrictions Read More »

  • Lightening Up

    By Ken Sapp Plug-in electric vehicle (EV) pioneers Nissan and Chevrolet are in their third model years producing cars with this relatively new technology. Ford, Fiat, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Tesla have all introduced EVs, and BMW is launching two luxury EV models this year. The popularity of long-range EVs means Read More »

  • Lighting It Up

    By Antonio Giacobbe Lighting has a dramatic effect on how a parking facility is perceived. The right design creates an atmosphere that welcomes, creates an enhanced sense of security, and invites guests to return. In short, it ensures continued revenue. At the same time, smart lighting strategies can significantly lower Read More »

  • The Metrics that Matter

    By Pete Messman It is increasingly difficult to argue against having energy-efficient lighting installed in a parking garage. Even garages that were built recently with traditional metal halide or high-pressure sodium fixtures should be considering a retrofit as the benefits affect everyone—customers, managers, and owners. But there is a huge Read More »

  • Being Prepared

    By Scott Kangas, CAPP Every business—and parking is a business—should have a business continuation or emergency action plan (EAP). This is a plan of action should something (weather, hazardous chemical, fire, vandalism, etc.) occur that affects normal operations. The plan needs to address local, regional, and even national circumstances and Read More »

  • Guns In the Lot

    By Kim Fernandez Joshua Stone stopped his car in a College Station, Texas, parking garage exit lane in early February, apparently to rummage for something in the vehicle. Drivers behind him grew impatient, as they often do, and honked their horns to get him to move along. Stone didn’t take Read More »

  • Going Green for Well-Being

    By Jeff Petry Sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being, which has ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions (so says Wikipedia) for human societies. It is traditionally viewed as making decisions today that take into consideration the economic, environmental, and societal effects of tomorrow. Sustainability is infused in Read More »

  • Doubling Down

    By Eric VanDuyne and John Vincent We were given the opportunity to investigate deteriorated conditions in a five-level, post-tensioned concrete parking structure located in the midwest U.S. back in 1991. At that time, the structure was 15 years old and exhibited widespread deterioration to concrete surfaces on elevated levels of Read More »

  • NEW Technology Will Drive Airport Parking In 2014

    By Dan Kupferman, CAPP Flying can be stressful. It’s really not the flying that creates tension, but getting to the gate on time that stresses us out. Driving to the airport, finding a parking space, getting through security—if you have an early morning flight, you may be tempted to leave Read More »

  • Greening Before Design

    By Brett Wood, CAPP Parking’s green movement has largely focused on the facility: How can we squeeze out the most energy efficiency through lighting, operations, and design? I have seen numerous presentations and publications documenting power savings, cost savings, and innovations in interior and exterior design that highlight and promote Read More »

  • Customer Service Enhancement from an Unusual Source

    By Mark N. Santos, PE During the closing session of the Florida Parking Association’s (FPA) 34th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, FPA featured Liliana Rambo, CAPP, IPI chair and director of parking services, Houston Airport System. She provided an exciting and informative talk on Parking Matters®. A particularly memorable point for Read More »

  • Minimum Efforts

    By Daniel Rowe Multifamily residential buildings often provide too much parking, which can be an impediment to achieving a wide range of community goals. King County Metro Transit (Metro), Seattle, Wash., recently embarked on a project to rewrite the rules for multifamily parking. Through its Right Size Parking Project, Metro Read More »

  • Upping the Ante on Parking Planning and Design

    By Chris Gray, PE, and Megan Leinart, LEED AP BD+C Atlantic City is well known for its exciting atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and boardwalk that’s alive with casinos, shops, and restaurants. People from all over the world visit the city to gamble, play on the beach, and experience an affordable and Read More »

  • Unlocking the Grid

    By Bill Smith The eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the next few years, as the city gears up to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. These events bring prestige, lots of attention, and billions of Read More »

  • A Chip on the Old Card

    By Tom Wunk, CAPP Now what? This seems to be the prevailing response when I bring up the subject of open-standard Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) credit card processing with parking operations folks. Like many industries, parking is slowly emerging from economic malaise and finally seeing some light at the Read More »

  • Cracking Down

    By Kim Fernandez Monitor news about parking and you’ll get an alert just about every day that has to do with the abuse of spaces reserved for those using disabled driver permits. It’s no wonder: experts say that the dawn of affordable professional-quality home printing and scanning mean it’s easier Read More »

  • The Greenest Parking Space

    By Matthew Inman Parking is getting greener. There is a wide range of options to choose from to help mitigate a parking facility’s effect on the environment, from energy-efficient lighting systems and solar panels to green roofs and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. One thing hasn’t changed: parking facilities exist Read More »

  • Dialing and Thriving

    By Soumya S. Dey, PE, PMP, and Angelo Rao, PE Washington, D.C., has approximately 18,000 metered on-street parking spaces. The parking program has seen significant changes during the past few years, including two rate increases, lifting a Saturday moratorium on parking meter fees, and extending the hours during which meters Read More »

  • Behind The Curtain

    By Jeff Pinyot Substitute LED for Oz in a memorable movie quote and you get this bold statement: “Do not arouse the wrath of the great and powerful LED. I said come back tomorrow.” This begs the question: is light emitting diode (LED) technology ready today, or do we, as Read More »

  • Who’s In Charge

    By Bridgette Brady, CAPP The Intercollegiate Athletic Department at Washington State (WSU) is fortunate to have an outstanding relationship with the university’s transportation services,” says Bill Moos, Washington State University’s director of athletics. “The two units work together to establish and implement policies and procedures that apply to game day Read More »

  • It’s Academic

    By Bryan Townley During the most recent semester at The Ohio State University, I enrolled in my first city planning studio—one of the capstone classes of the undergraduate planning program. Because these studio classes are arranged in a way that allows students to work directly with municipalities, they function as Read More »

  • Park Your Park Here

    By Kim Fernandez Midway through an otherwise ordinary day three years ago, Jeff Petry picked up the phone to hear the voice of a seriously stymied parking enforcement officer. “He said we had people sitting in parking spaces outside Starbucks and other downtown businesses,” says Petry, parking manager at the Read More »

  • Campus Lighting Swap Saves

    By June Broughton, CAPP Two years ago, Transportation Services at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, embarked on a massive lighting project that involved replacing all fixtures in five parking garages, including those in stairwells, elevator lobbies, and roofs. Transportation Services engaged a consultant to conduct a thorough lighting study Read More »

  • Campus Garages Change Perceptions

    By Ian Nestler, AIA, LEED AP BD+C With growing scarcities of both capital funding and vacant land, colleges and universities have begun tucking additional uses into campus parking garages, either by expanding footprints or adding floors. The benefits are as diverse as the potential uses. Adding a street-level retail component Read More »

  • Off the Grid

    By Bill Schoenfisch When Long Beach City College (LBCC) first opened in 1927 with an enrollment of 503 students, its current enrollment of more than 27,000 probably seemed like an impossible dream. The college later split into three separate campuses by function, and renamed its original Long Beach location the Read More »

  • Maintenence Matters

    By Gregory J. Neiderer, PE Some parking facility owners and operators believe that as long as their structures continue to serve the public, few maintenance-related tasks need to be performed. Nothing could be further from the truth—facility maintenance is downright essential. One of the most important things an owner or Read More »

  • Aiding & Abetting in a Good Way

    By Eric Crouch and Stacy Moncibaiz Monitoring a campus that houses a population of 35,000 and is the size of a small town often takes on a life of its own. Among the usual student, faculty, and staff activities, stolen vehicles and criminal persons of interest can pass through campus Read More »

  • Hands Free Heaven

    By Mark Wright Whoever created the old “God is my co-pilot” bumper sticker was ahead of his time. Today, a lot of companies are praying that drivers will accept a future in which vehicles are piloted by technology instead of by humans. Whether drivers will find such a future heavenly Read More »

  • In the Blink of an Eye

    By Kim Fernandez Gina Fiandaca completed the 2013 Boston Marathon run at about 2:42 p.m. on Monday, April 15 and started making her way through the congested finish-line stations. It was, she noted later, the first year in 14 that she didn’t have family members waiting for her behind the Read More »

  • Prep Work

    by Holly Doering When “Big Joe” McGinnis stole $2.7 million from the Brink’s Depot in Boston (now a parking garage) in 1950, he needed an ice pick to enter the building. Today’s thieves only need to find a way to breach your online defenses. That’s the reason for the rise Read More »

  • Managing Moped Parking

    By Patrick J. Kass, CAPP The University of Wisconsin-Madison is located in downtown Madison and is home to 75,000 employees, students, and visitors on a daily basis. The campus has 13,000 parking spaces to meet its daily need. To support the access needs of the campus, a number of alternative Read More »

  • For Love of Parking

    By Kim Fernandez It’s not unusual to hear about people falling in love with old buildings. It’s why historic commissions exist, after all, and there are entire online communities dedicated to abandoned hospitals, homes, and schools that feature photos, commentary, and ponderings of what might become of them. But a Read More »

  • Let There Be Light

    By Kyle Leighton Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing, Mich., is a public research university ranked as the ninth-largest university in the U.S., with 47,800 students and 2,954 faculty members. It is home to the renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts, whose massive facility hosts 17 Lansing Symphony Orchestra concerts Read More »

  • Safer Places

    By G. Robert Harkins, Ed.D. As owners, operators, and users of parking facilities, we all have in our minds several lingering questions: Is my parking facility safe? What can I do to protect myself and my customers while in my parking facility? There’s a lot of advice out there on Read More »

  • Garages are for Parking

    By William F. Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB There has been a lot of news recently about a variety of people- gathering events being hosted in parking garages (see p. 28 for one). Some of them include the following: Sports event tailgating. Fireworks viewing. Parade watching. Dances or raves. Grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Read More »

  • Lets Get This Party Started or Not

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP And the winner in the category of Parking Innovation in a Parking Program goes to…The Lancaster Parking Authority, for their garage rooftop events!” So went the annual awards banquet of the Pennsylvania Parking Association last September. That night, I accepted the award for innovation in Read More »

  • Capturing America’s Most Wanted

    Author, victim advocate, and crime-fighter John Walsh, host of “America’s Most Wanted,” shares his thoughts on the parking industry and catching the bad guys. Watch true-crime television for any amount of time, and it won’t be long before John Walsh appears on the screen. He left his career in the Read More »

  • Energy Efficient Structure Lighting

    By Donald R. Monahan, PE Politicians and the general public have increased their attention on global warming in recent years. This enhanced awareness has resulted in new government and utility-sponsored programs that provide rebates and tax incentives to increase energy efficiency and encourage conservation. Retrofitting your parking facility with more Read More »

  • Plow Planning

    By Phill Sexton If you are a parking facility manager in a region that gets any amount of snow and ice, you probably already know that your risk and liability increase during the winter. While February may seem an odd time of year to begin the planning and qualification process Read More »

  • Absolutely Automated

    By Iris Sharon The City of West Hollywood, Calif., is undertaking a capital improvement project to develop premiere public facilities, parks, and open spaces. The 25th Anniversary Capital Project, launched in 2009, includes three major components. One of them is the West Hollywood City Hall Automated Parking Garage and Community Read More »

  • America’s Sustainable City

    By Kevin Blomberg No city has a lock on the healthy lifestyle quite like Los Angeles, where I live. With its abundant presence of yoga studios, organic grocery stores, and environmental organizations, there’s no shortage of people wanting to live a more healthy existence. However, the city’s notoriously terrible traffic Read More »

  • The Driver Privacy Protection Act

    By Leonard T. Bier JD, CAPP The federal Driver Privacy Protection Act [DPPA] was signed into law in 1994. It was passed in part in reaction to the death of actress Rebecca Shaeffer by an obsessed fan who obtained her home address from state department of motor vehicle (DMV) records Read More »

  • A Sustainable Parking Frontier

    By Jeff Petry Leading practitioners of sustainable parking practices are incorporating electric vehicle charging stations, solar panels, bike corrals, shared car programs, LED lighting, green operational policies, and renewable energy sources. In many ways, these characteristics are off-the-shelf purchases that can be made by any parking operation or municipality. Further, Read More »

  • Sustainable Campus

    By Gabriel Mendez and Shereen Shaw Arizona State University has a long history of dedication to sustainability. As the nation’s largest public university in terms of enrollment, ASU leads by example, setting short- and long-term sustainability goals that touch every university department. These include the mitigation of carbon emissions from Read More »

  • Diamond Outside the Ballpark

    By Art Noriega As is true near many major league baseball stadiums, community concerns about parking convenience and availability at the new Miami Marlins Park ran high before opening day this spring. Skepticism subsided quickly once the season was underway, thanks to advance research and planning by the Marlins organization Read More »

  • What Has Your Parking Deck Done for You Lately

    By Joey D. Rowland, PE and Thomas Carlson-Reddig, AIA, LEED AP Parking decks were once considered necessary evils and relegated to secondary status in the minds of campus planners. While much attention was lavished on academic buildings and student unions, parking was shoved onto the outskirts of campus on undesired Read More »

  • First of its Kind

    By Jeonghoon Lee Parking garage sites are very unique. They are located in the heart of the city where there is a high volume of traffic. However, how many of them are built and used properly? When I first started designing the Herma Parking Building outside of Seoul, South Korea, Read More »

  • Fostering an Engaged Community

    By Johnna Frosini, CAPP Research shows that as public and private educational institutions compete for quality students, engagement has become a crucial part of the formula for producing successful students. If institutions can provide an enriched learning and teaching environment, it follows that improved graduation and retention rates will be Read More »

  • Light for All

    By Susan Pollay This summer, the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the City of Ann Arbor held a party to celebrate the grand opening of the new 711-space underground Library Lane parking structure. A disc jockey spun car-related tunes, a variety of vintage cars were on display, Read More »

  • Going Once Going Twice Sold

    By Sheryl Boyd Chapman University has used parking auctions to allocate a portion of its parking resources for the past four years. We initially implemented three separate auctions with plans to expand the system to include most core campus parking facilities. But before addressing our parking auctions, a little background Read More »

  • Taxi Hydrant Zones

    By Troy McLeod Like many large cities, Alberta, Canada’s Calgary has a high demand for on-street, short-stay public and taxi parking space. Calgary’s taxi industry faced changing restrictions in 2010. Taxis were no longer allowed to wait for fares at the airport, but had to move to the downtown core. Read More »

  • Getting On The Bus

    By Josh Cohen No one needs to be reminded that parking decks are expensive to build and maintain. In 2010, the University of Florida built a $20 million LEED-certified, 927-space parking deck. Likewise, no one needs to be told that campus transit is expensive. North Carolina State University spends almost $5 Read More »

  • Pedaling Parking

    By Rep. Earl Blumenauer America is undergoing a bicycle renaissance as more and more people discover—or rediscover—the joys of riding a bike. When I was a child, learning how to ride a bike marked a rite of passage to personal independence; I was able to travel beyond my own yard Read More »

  • An MIT professor rethinks parking lots as the centers of their communities

    By Eran Ben-Joseph, Ph.D. I had very big shoes to fill in the early 2000s. I was just starting my career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and part of my teaching obligation included a course titled “Site Planning.” This is not just any other course at MIT: it Read More »

  • Preventative Parking

    By Maggie McGehee and Paulo Nunes-Ueno Seattle Children’s is a highly specialized academic medical center that serves children and youth from Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Located in a densely populated residential neighborhood in northeast Seattle, the hospital is a careful steward of its most scarce resource: land. Consequently, when Read More »

  • Campus Cycle Program Makes a Difference

    By JC Porter, CAPP Boise State University launched the Cycle Learning Center (CLC) on the main campus last August, just in time for the 2011 fall semester. The CLC is a collaborative program funded through a 50/50 partnership between Boise State University’s Transportation and Parking Services and Health and Wellness Read More »

  • Explosion Erosion

    By I. Paul Lew, P.E., CAPP It’s been nearly two years since a failed attempt to detonate a vehicle bomb in New York’s Times Square. As was demonstrated in this event and more so in the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing and bomb in the garage of the World Read More »

  • Lancaster Parking Authority Lights the Way to Savings

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP Budgets for parking organizations across the nation have been strained from declining or flat patronage, steadily rising operating expenses, and increasing maintenance costs. Raising rates can alienate long-time customers, especially in a struggling economy. But that doesn’t leave parking professionals without options to improve the Read More »

  • Eyes Wide Open

    By Kim Fernandez Mishka Chorny, senior parking specialist, Boise State University, says that a few months ago, the guy putting a camera in a tree on campus might have caused anything from a quick “What are you doing” yelled over the fence to a full sweep of the football stadium Read More »

  • The 179D tax deduction for energy- efficient lighting investments in parking structures

    By Dominick Brook This article is about a tax deduction. I’ve got my work cut out for me in making this interesting, but let me try: it’s also about money in your company’s pocket. How does a $300,000 federal tax deduction for a lighting retrofit of a 500,000 square-foot parking Read More »

  • Being Prepared

    By Geary L. Robinson, Ph.D., CAPP Do you have a disaster plan for your parking facility? Safety and security planning is used to protect the nation’s critical infrastructures and key assets, and parking facilities have a role to play. Threat analysis requires a true understanding of a facility’s purpose, be Read More »

  • More Than Conventional Wisdom

    By Norman D. Bates, Esq. A woman went to an urban hospital to visit an ill friend. While walking to her car in the nearby parking garage, she was stabbed and robbed by an unknown assailant. A year later, the garage manager finds himself sitting in a deposition that is Read More »

  • New IPI Emergency Preparedness Manual Released

    New IPI Emergency Preparedness Manual Helps Parking Professionals Deal with the Unexpected Valuable free tool offers guidance for developing emergency plans for parking facilities and operations. (ALEXANDRIA, VA. –September 1, 2015) Are you and your employees prepared for an emergency? Parking and transportation professionals are charged with the safety and Read More »

  • Press Release, 6/2/14 Public Safety Alert

    Public Safety Alert: Summer Brings Fatal Consequences for Children Left in Hot Parked Cars DALLAS, TX – With another hot summer upon us, the International Parking Institute (IPI) is hoping to change a grisly annual statistic: the 40-plus child deaths caused by heatstroke because they were forgotten by parents or Read More »

  • Press Release, 10/8/13, Help for Teens

    Help for Teens: “I got my driver’s license, but I still can’t park!” International Parking Institute offers free  How to Park: A Must-Read Manual for Teen Drivers (October 8, 2013 – Fredericksburg, VA) Even after taking driver’s ed and logging the required hours behind the wheel, new teen drivers sometimes Read More »

  • Press Release, 7/19/13, Parked Car Alert

    Parked Car Alert: International Parking Institute Warns of Child Deaths in Summer Heat Each year, children die when parents and caregivers leave them unattended in the heat of a parked car. (Fredericksburg, VA July 19, 2013)– More than 20 children under the age of five have already died this year Read More »

  • 2015 IPI Conference Program Guide

    A comprehensive guide to the education, trainings, meetings, awards, special events, keynote speakers, and Expo hall at the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo, June 29-July 2, Las Vegas, Nevada. 2015 IPI Conference Program Guide

  • Enhancing Pedestrian Safety in Parking Environments by L. Dennis Burns, CAPP

    We have all heard of the serious concerns related to distracted driving, but it turns out that this level of distraction also applies to pedestrians. Promoting pedestrian safety in parking environments (parking lots, garages, and vehicular drop-off areas) is one of the primary goals of parking professionals, planners, and property Read More »

  • Death Number Five: What Can We Do? by Helen Sullivan

    This is the season when children die in hot parked cars. Five children have died so far, in Phoenix, in Baton Rouge, in Sandpoint, Idaho, and in two cities in Florida (Hiland Park and Lake City). Children’s bodies get hotter three to five times faster than an adult’s. Even in cars Read More »

  • Are We Prepared? by Dave Feehan

    A survey in the Washington Business Journal asked readers if they were canceling planned trips to Baltimore as a result of recent demonstrations and riots. More than 60 percent said they would and another 20 percent said that while they would not cancel a planned trip, they would be more Read More »

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