Finding a parking space in downtown Los Angeles will be a lot easier for drivers beginning in spring 2012. The city is teaming up with ACS, A Xerox Company, to create a new pricing system that is part of a parking strategy designed to relieve traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, and improve the efficiency of downtown LAs transit operations.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and ACS will pilot a program called LA ExpressParkTM that will infuse Xerox innovation, ACS technology expertise and demand-based pricing into a unique parking management program. Demand-based pricing adjusts parking rates based on driver demand for spaces and availability. By increasing rates on high demand spots, there is the potential for more parking spaces to become available on each block -- reducing traffic congestion and pollution generated by drivers hunting for curbside parking. It may also encourage drivers to consider carpooling, bicycling, and public transportation as alternatives.
The one-year pilot is funded by a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and could total $29 million if two option years are added. It includes:
- Real Time Parking Guidance Systems Information will be displayed on street-side signs and up-to-the-minute smartphone apps directing drivers to available spaces. Sensors placed in parking spaces track occupancy.
- New Parking Meter Technology New meters and upgraded multi-space pay stations will be installed for approximately 6,000 on-street parking spaces. The new meters will accept a variety of payment methods, including credit cards, coins and payments made by phone that are charged to a drivers account.
- Parking Management System ACS will deliver its ACS MERGE Parking Management System to process all parking-related transactions and provide real-time parking data analytics to LADOT and drivers.
Taking the hassle out of finding a place to park and making it easier to pay are just a couple benefits for residents and tourists, said Jaime de la Vega, general manager of LADOT.
During implementation of LA ExpressPark, ACS will oversee the installation of sensors, update parking meter technology, and operate a central management system that will process the information and data gathered by handheld monitoring devices, meters and vehicle sensors.
Xerox innovation is helping transform parking into a smart, analytics-based business so that we can help take the guess work out of parking for both city transportation managers and the public, said Dave Amoriell, executive vice president and group president of Transportation Solutions Group, ACS, A Xerox Company.
ACS has successfully managed, and operated parking systems for more than 30 cities in the United States and 88 jurisdictions in the United Kingdom during the past 30 years. ACS is the largest provider of transportation services to governments worldwide, with projects in 30 countries. The company's Transportation Solutions Group enables its clients to address revenue collection, traffic safety, and congestion challenges by deploying end-to-end technology solutions that advance the movement of millions of people every day.