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Boosting Campus Commute Choices at Emory University

Cover of Parking & Mobility magazine, March 2021When COVID-19 hit last year, boosting contactless parking options was a no-brainer–nobody wanted to touch anything more than they absolutely had to. But as the pandemic dragged on, it became clear that some operations were going to have to think their permit systems, and nowhere was that more clear than university campuses. With fewer people going to campus every day of every week, the monthly or semester permit system needed to flex.

This month’s Parking and Mobility magazine takes an in-depth look at how that shift happened at Emory University, a 15,000-student campus in Atlanta, Ga. From the first conversations to a careful consideration of pros and cons of a new system, to new technology choices, communicating with the campus community during and after a switch to more flexible parking options, to what’s ahead as life gets back to something resembling normal, it’s a great case study that’s applicable to universities and other sectors. Read it here.

Navigating the New Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic had significant effects on the way parking and mobility operates. From  reductions in revenue to an accelerated push to embrace contactless payment and a new emphasis on effective and efficient micro-mobility options, the challenges have been big.

As operation have navigated all of this change, they’ve found a great need to develop short- and long-term plans, both through and beyond the end of COVID-19’s effects, including permanent change. In this month’s Parking & Mobility, Mike Drow, CAPP, walks readers through what those plans might look like and what to consider during development. It’s an invaluable guide–read or download and share it here.

Writers’ Guidelines: Parking & Mobility Magazine

IPMI Writers’ Guidelines


  • Blogs are a member-only benefit.
  • Blogs may not promote or sell a company, product, or service.
  • 250-300 words.
  • Blogs can be submitted anytime and are on a rolling deadline. They can be submitted online here or by email to editor@parking-mobility.org.
  • Blogs should offer bite-sized learning featuring news, ideas, trends, and analysis relevant to parking, mobility, and transportation professionals.
  • As the blogs are auto-posted to the IPMI Forum online community, they will be best received with some level of interactivity or opportunity for discussion.
  • Deliverables:  (1) Narrative content delivered in Word; (2) One or two graphics, original hi-res (300 dpi or better) photos or illustrations in .jpg or .tiff formats. Only submit art you own or have explicit permission to publish— we cannot use art from the internet; (3) Name, title, and organization of the author along with any IPMI committees or IPMI boards the author serves on.



Parking & Mobility magazine

All content delivered to Parking & Mobility magazine should be in the following formats:

  • Narrative content should be delivered in Word.
  • Graphics should be original hi-res (300 dpi or better) photos or illustrations in .jpg or .tiff formats. We cannot extract photos or graphs from Word documents. Only submit art that you own or have explicit permission to publish— we cannot use art from the internet.
  • Headshots should be professional photos where possible.

Feature Articles – Feature articles run between 1,500 – 2,500 words, and should be submitted with three to five graphics or photos (must own the graphics and have permission to publish). Features also require a headshot and a byline for each author. Articles must consist of exclusive content to be published for the first time in Parking & Mobility.

Standing Columns – Standing columns run between 650 – 1,000 words, and should be submitted with one to three graphics or photos (must own the graphics and have permission to publish). Features also require a headshot and a byline for each author. Articles must consist of exclusive content to be published for the first time in Parking & Mobility.

One-Page Advertorials – One-page advertorials are no more than 500 words, and should be submitted with up to three graphics or photos (including logo – must own the graphics and have permission to publish). Features can be bylined, and may include a headshot and a byline for each author if desired.

Two-Page Advertorials – Two-page advertorials are no more than 1,000 words, and should be submitted with up to five graphics or photos (including logo – must own the graphics and have permission to publish). Features can be bylined, and may include a headshot and a byline for each author if desired.

Writers’ Guidelines

Parking & Mobility, the magazine of the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI), invites article submissions from IPMI members and outside contributors.

Before you write, here are 10 things to remember:

1. All articles must be pre-approved and scheduled. Submit your content ideas here.  Unsolicited articles will be considered, but will only be published as space allows.

2.  Issues are in production about three months ahead, but slates are confirmed six to eight months in advance.  Be sure to check out the current Editorial Calendar for deadlines and other content details.

3. Articles should provide useful how-to information through case studies; share new technologies and their applications; report emerging trends; or discuss relevant and pivotal issues to the parking and mobility industry. They may not promote or sell a company, product, or service. Please submit new product releases online for potential publication in the News section of our website and our Around the Industry section of the Parking & Mobility interactive news site. 

4. All submissions should be sent in Word format.  All submissions should include author information for a byline:

  • Full name, certifications
  • Title
  • Company name
  • Email address
  • Listing of IPMI Committee participation
  • Current headshot

5. We are happy to find art for your story if you don’t have photos. If you are sending art, please submit original hi-res (300 dpi or better) photos or illustrations in .jpg or .tiff formats. We cannot extract photos or graphs from Word documents. Only submit art that you own or have explicit permission to publish— we cannot use art from the internet. Be sure to send us a headshot of each author, and submit charts/graphs in Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF.

6. All articles and their elements are subject to editorial review; it is the author’s responsibility to ensure all information is accurate and that proper credit is given when due. There is an assumption that all necessary permissions are granted by parties mentioned or involved in the content before submission. These permissions are the responsibility of the author and not IPMI. IPMI will not be responsible for content that is published without those approvals. We reserve the right to edit all articles for style, format, space, and readability.

7. All published material is copyrighted and becomes the property of the International Parking & Mobility Institute. Authors will be expected to sign a standard written release. Submission implies that authors agree with IPMI’s policies.

8. We only publish original pieces. Please do not submit an article that is under consideration, has been accepted, or has been published elsewhere.

9. All articles are voluntary submissions. There is no payment for publication.

10. Please send all final content to editor@parking-mobility.org.

NOTE:  Content in Parking & Mobility must be educational in nature and cannot pitch or attempt to sell any specific product or service. Editor reserves the right to require alterations if submission does not meet the guidelines, and has discretion to cancel publication at any point if the content does not meet the needs of Parking & Mobility readers.

Airports Managing Through COVID-19 Crisis

Few parking sectors have been hit as hard by COVID-19 as airports–people simply aren’t flying. That said, when they do fly, driving to and parking at the airport is more attractive than using transit or transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber or Lyft, so as lockdowns ease, airport parking operations are seeing a bit of an uptick.

In the October issue of Parking & Mobility, we continue our Roadmap to Recovery series with a look at how airports have been affected and what their responses have been. From the initial hit to strategies to recover, including capital projects and keeping employees on the payroll, directors share what they’ve done, how it’s going, and what the future looks like.

Read the whole story here. Read or download and share the complete Roadmap to Recovery publication here–a compilation of IPMI’s COVID-19 resources, including sector-specific and general industry information.

Member News: Rich & Associates Names David Rich Vice President

Southfield, MI (June 18, 2020)—Rich & Associates is pleased to announce the promotion of David Rich to vice president. As vice president, David oversees the firm’s national business development efforts.

“David has been an integral part of the Rich & Associates team since 1986,” said Richard C. Rich, president of Rich & Associates. “He is a tremendous leader and he will continue to help lead our firm well into the future.”

A lifelong parking professional, David Rich joined Rich & Associates in 1986. In addition to overseeing hundreds of parking projects over the past 34 years, he also managed the firm’s business development efforts.

About Rich & Associates

Founded in 1963, Rich & Associates is the world’s oldest firm dedicated solely to parking design, planning, and management. The firm’s founder, Rich C. Rich is recognized as one of the parking industry’s most creative and innovative forces, and he helped create many design features that we take for granted today, including self-park garages, multi-use facilities, and mega-structures. His design of the first mega-structure at O’Hare Airport in Chicago was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The firm can be found online at www.richassoc.com.

Member News: Associated Time Becomes An Official Parker Technology Dealer

Parker Technology logoMay 14, 2020 – Parker Technology today announced a new dealer partnership with Associated Time Instruments, out of Dallas, TX. The relationship will involve collaborative sales and marketing efforts to incorporate Parker’s customer service offering as a value-added differentiator to Associated Time’s parking installation projects.

“We are thrilled to partner with Parker Technology. The addition of their two-way video communication will truly enhance the customer experience for our end users. Parker’s customer service and response times are second to none in the industry and we are excited to offer our customers this state of the art solution.” Says Christopher Archer, President of Associated Time Instruments.

Brian Wolff, President & CEO of Parker Technology added “Chris and his team at Associated Time have built an impressive business and we are thrilled to formalize our partnership with this agreement. Equally as exciting is the progress we’re making by building important integrations with the TIBA equipment that Associated Time represents. We expect the combination of our joint sales and marketing efforts and technology advancements to create significant benefits for Associated Time’s customers.”

Data suggests that the challenge for parking operators is not to make machines or technology more reliable. The fact is that over 85% of the time, a human is confused or has failed in some other way, and the only way to save that customer experience is with a patient, well trained, knowledgeable human being. That is exactly what Parker did over a million times last year.


About Associated Time

Associated Time Instruments is a leading supplier of Parking and Revenue Control Equipment, Access Control, Parking Guidance Systems, and Workforce Management Systems Our company is a leader in all of our markets, we distinguish ourselves by providing superior products, expert consulting and engineering, quality installations, comprehensive support, and professional services. Associated Time Instruments provides both standard software products and custom software solutions, we have consistently provided modern and effective solutions to our customers during the past 60 years!


About Parker Technology

Parker Technology is a fast-growth tech-led software and services company that provides parking facilities with a premium customer experience, by helping resolve issues for parking guests when they fail in the face of automated payment kiosks. Parker’s patient, well-informed customer service specialists answer and resolve intercom “help” calls 24/7, and boasts being the only company in the parking industry that can deliver this service with face-to-face, two-way video communication. Putting this personal, human touch back into an automated situation enhances the customer experience, improves operational efficiencies and increases successful payments and outcomes. Learn more at www.helpmeparker.com

COVID-19 and Our Industry

COVID_19 P&M Parking IndustryCampuses have emptied out. Hospitals are busier than ever. Municipalities are trying to help communities under shelter-in-place orders. And nobody knows when airports will get back to normal.

COVID-19 has affected parking and mobility in more ways than we can count, from revenue to payroll to services to security—and essential vs. non-essential has turned out to be incredibly complicated. In this month’s Parking & Mobility, we talk with professionals from all facets of the industry about how the virus has affected their operations and their people, how they’re all reacting, and how everyone’s looking ahead to the future in the middle of it all.

Read the whole story here. And then join the conversation during an upcoming online Shoptalk  or on Forum.

Five Weird Construction Materials

Cover of October 2019 Parking & Mobility magazine.The closest most of us get to fungus is on the mushroom shelf at the grocery store or on the unidentifiable stuff at the back of the refrigerator crisper drawer (yeah, we know about that), and most of us are happy that way. Did you ever consider building a parking garage out of it?

A group of researchers in London hopes to make that possible and they’re actively trying to grow buildings out of different kinds of fungi. They have great precedents to work with–other buildings have been constructed out of glass, trash, and even rice. Curious about the weirdest things people have built with? We were too, and dove in for the October issue of Parking & Mobility. Check out our round-up of five weird construction materials here. Gross or cool? Let us know.

Looking Forward

Like so many industry professionals, David Onorato, CAPP, sort of fell into parking. “It was by luck,” he says. “I was working with the [Pittsburgh] city finance department and there was an opening in the parking authority. I was asked if I wanted to move there and I said yes. It’s parking–how hard can it be, right? Little did I know.”

Since that move in 1995, Onorato has built a reputation as an industry leader, and his parking authority has been credited with helping transform Pittsburgh’s reputation from steel town to technology leader, tourist destination, and popular place to live and work. He became chair of IPMI’s Board of Directors in June and in this month’s Parking & Mobility magazine, shares his thoughts on the industry, where IPMI is going, and his beloved hometown–with suggestions for attendees of this year’s Leadership Summit in the middle of it all. Read it here.

A Grateful Farewell and a New Hello

By Kim Fernandez

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are sure to miss the future.

– John F. Kennedy

IPMI embraced the future by adding “mobility” to its name last fall, shifting to where members’ jobs and focuses are going as the industry evolves. And we’re excited that another change is coming to further solidify our members’ importance in the future of the way we all get from place to place.

This month’s issue of The Parking Professional is the magazine’s last. It retires with quite an impressive history. Starting in June, a new magazine will hit your mailboxes and email inboxes—and it’s a very good thing!

Sunsetting TPP isn’t a decision we made lightly. Introducing a new publication is an opportunity to build on our foundation in parking (which remains a top priority) and further blend in the aspects of mobility our members are focusing on. You’ll find content about parking and transportation along with stories, research, and information about all the new trends and technologies coming to the industry as it grows. From TNCs to micro-mobility to all-encompassing transportation systems that blend existing modes with new ones to get people from door to door—and absolutely including parking—your new magazine from IPMI will cover it all, and do it in a gorgeous new design that’s easy to read and hard to put down.

Our big launch is scheduled for June 3 and we can’t wait to take the wrapping paper off and show you our new monthly magazine. It’s been an awesome ride so far and we’re looking forward to fantastic adventures ahead!

Kim Fernandez is IPMI’s director of publication and editor of … you’ll find out soon!