Parkeon, Inc., the worldwide leader in multi-space parking systems announces that they have completed the installation of the new paid parking system for their client, the National Park Service (NPS).
The new system is deployed around the National Mall, where the nation’s iconic museums and monuments are found, right in the heart of Washington, D.C.
The implementation of parking meters and mobile parking payments is the result of over a decade of planning and studies by the National Park Service. The analyses lead to a Request for Proposals released at the end of 2016 for the technology implementation and complete system operation.
In February 2017, NPS awarded the contract to Parkeon to supply and operate the new parking system. The system consists of 102 solar powered, wireless Strada Pay Stations in a cashless configuration. Credit/debit cards are the only available methods of payment. These multi-space meters control approximately 1,200 parking spaces throughout the National Mall and Rock Creek Park.
The pay stations are connected to Parkeon’s Big Data Suite allowing both Parkeon and National Park Service staff to remotely monitor the system, explore parking trends and utilization patterns, study data correlations through spatial data analytics, and study sales, occupancy and rate efficiency in real time.
In an area where demand out paces the supply of available spaces, the primary goal of the new system is to reduce traffic congestion by increasing parking space turnover. High turnover leads to a more fair and equitable delivery of limited public spaces. Drivers who need to use spaces temporarily during the day will find more options available because it will become much more difficult for those in the habit of monopolizing public spaces to continue to operate that way under the new system. In addition to reduced congestion, the paid parking system will also subsidize and facilitate the use of public transportation in the area.
Parkeon completed the system implementation in early June of 2017, but the company is by no means a new player in the area. It has been supplying the District of Columbia’s multi-space parking meter system since 2004. There are approximately 1,000 Parkeon Pay Stations throughout the District that help in the management of on-street parking. In its first full month of operation, the new system generated over 60,000 successful parking transactions.
Lastly, a word from the President of Parkeon North America: “We are very proud to have been selected for this important project,” says Benoit Reliquet, President of Parkeon, Inc. “The National Mall receives over 30 million visitors each year and we look forward to working with National Park Service to find innovative ways to make parking simple so that the overall visit to our nation’s capital is an enjoyable one.”
Parkeon is a key player in the sector of urban mobility. By providing a single offer encompassing parking management solutions and ticketing solutions for public transport, Parkeon is now present in 55 countries and is accelerating its growth in emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Latin America and North Africa. Parkeon’s capacity for continuous innovation is demonstrated every day. Systems and equipment provided by Parkeon facilitate management and mobility in more than 4,000 cities. Parkeon employs over 1,000 employees worldwide and achieved revenues of over $250 million in 2016.