Parking Vet Writes Another Book from Behind the Scenes of a Parking Authority!
Following his successful and groundbreaking first book, which is commonly described as “a parking -cult classic memoir”, The Quirky World of Parking, Larry J. Cohen, CAPP, a certified parking professional (yes, there is such athing) and 40-year veteran of the industry, has unearthed even more outrageous and crazy stories. Among the many stories:
- You will findout why Cohen was featured on the HBO show, How to with John
- Is there really a meter fairy?
- The partnership between pickle ball and parking
- Who is the three-finger man?
The book is loaded with tons of interesting and crazy stories in this $100 billion a year industry.
As Cohen says, “My goal is to provide a fascinating look into the business of parking from an industry insider perspective and share the many crazy, funny and sad encounters we deal with every day,”
When you drive your car and have trouble finding a space, or hate paying for parking, or get a parking ticket, or worseyet, towed, this quirky – as the title says – book on parking will give you a whole new perspective on something you probablycan’t live without, but know very little about.
Cohen’s been responsible for parking at universities, hospitals, and municipalities during his long career in major cities along the East Coast. He has served on the Boards of the International Parking and Mobility Institute, Middle AtlanticParking Association, and Pennsylvania Parking Association and is currently the Executive Director of the Lancaster ParkingAuthority in bucolic Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The book is available at Amazon.com. For press queries,contact:
Larry J. Cohen, CAPP
Email: Cohenparking@aol.com Web: ljcohenconsulting.com
U.S. Drivers are Eager for a Mobile Payment Solution for Parking to Reduce Driving-Related Stress
According to a survey conducted by the most used parking app in the U.S., ParkMobile, over 74 percent of U.S. drivers desire a smart parking payment experience
Atlanta, GA – – ParkMobile, the most used parking app in the U.S. and part of the EasyPark Group, conducted a survey tracking the parking habits and trends of U.S. drivers. According to the study, 82 percent of drivers across the U.S. note that searching for a parking space is a top stressor when driving in urban environments. Though, of the drivers using parking apps such as ParkMobile to find and pay for parking, drivers’ stress levels drop by nearly 33 percent.
The study found that concerns of paying for parking, including searching for ticket locations when using parking kiosks or meters, are drastically reduced through the integration of mobile payment apps and providers. ParkMobile is expanding its footprint and providing solutions that help drivers find and reserve parking in advance via the reservations platform to create an easier parking experience to meet the demand of the 74 percent of drivers craving the availability of a mobile parking payment solution.
“Searching for parking in dense downtown ecosystems is not only harmful for the environment through increased carbon dioxide emissions but stressful and will ultimately tamper the way drivers view and interact with their cities in the future,” said David Hoyt, managing director of ParkMobile. “Through the integration and adoption of ParkMobile, we’re making cities more livable through our easy-to-use mobile parking solution, so downtowns thrive and residents and visitors feel stress free.”
The report also found that around 80 percent of respondents find it important to be able to use the same parking app across multiple locations and states. Despite this, around 30 percent of respondents are unable to use their preferred mobile payment app for parking across the country as the apps are not always accepted at their parking location. The lack of choice and availability has resulted in many drivers having three or more parking apps installed on their mobile devices to pay for parking in the U.S.
“As part of EasyPark Group, ParkMobile is working to adopt an open market solution, a process that our company has integrated in key cities across Europe. The solution allows for multiple app-based parking providers to be offered in a city, making parking more straightforward while fostering parking technology innovation and placing consumer choice as the top priority. An open market parking model is a key contributor to digital adoption and can drive mobile pay adoption to over 90 percent in cities where it is implemented,” said Hoyt.
Since being founded in 2008, ParkMobile has processed over 98 billion minutes of parking in North America. ParkMobile works with cities to provide real time parking data and trends to better plan their urban design. This includes some of the two million parking spaces across the country, in over 600 cities and municipalities and 140 colleges and universities.
The study was conducted by ParkMobile with over 3,000 respondents located across the U.S. Respondents included drivers aged 16-75 as a representative sample of over 261 million monthly parkers in the country.
ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of the global parking tech company, EasyPark Group. With the vision to make cities more livable, EasyPark Group owns and develops the apps EasyPark, ParkMobile, RingGo and Park-line, and operates in over 4,000 cities across more than 20 countries. ParkMobile offers digital solutions to quickly find and pay for on-street and off-street parking via a mobile device. The company also offers parking reservations at stadiums, venues, and metro area garages. ParkMobile’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the U.S., including 8 of the top 10 cities, as well as college campuses and airports. ParkMobile has been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Pacesetter Award list, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces and won the 2022 Stevie Awards for Best Mobile On-Demand Application. Visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter for the latest news and information. For EasyPark Group news, visit easyparkgroup.com.
ParkMobile: Haley Haas, PR Manager North America, email@example.com, 404-580-0112
Mobile Smart City Corp: Sustainable Growth & Innovation
Mobile Smart City Corp continuous experiencing consecutive years of exponential growth with their Pango and Hectronic solutions. John J. Incandela, President, and CEO, emphasizes “the effectiveness of our contactless solutions and the robust business intelligence, allow us to bring an integrated parking management platform as a valuable feature”. “Our flexibility allows our customers to cater to various user requirements, which can be a significant competitive advantage.
It’s exciting to hear that Mobile Smart City has been proactive in investing in the future of parking and access control solutions. The introduction of a new convergent state-of-the-art parking platform that integrates both On-Street parking inventory and Off-Street garages is a significant advancement in the industry. The ability to manage both On-Street and Off-Street parking needs through a single platform, streamlines operations and simplifies the user experience. This integration can greatly improve efficiency and customer satisfaction Offering various access control alternatives like QR codes, automatic LPR, digital permits, and electronic ticketing, bring flexibility to our users. It caters to different preferences and needs, making parking easier, more convenient, and accessible.
“Mobile Smart City means innovation, adaptability, and customer-centricity”. “Our forward-thinking approach is essential in an ever-evolving industry to position the company well for sustainable growth and success, Luis Garma stated. “We are committed to provide comprehensive and efficient parking solutions that meet the evolving needs of our clients. It’s a positive step towards simplifying parking management and enhancing user experiences, and it will likely play a pivotal role in the industry.
Mobile Smart City is an international tech company specialized in developing and implementing smart digital solutions for to municipalities and governments. Founded in the year 2015, the company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a regional office in Maryland, and has operations in several countries: Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States.
Mobile Smart City holds a wide experience in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of complex digital payment solutions, parking management systems, and access control, including Payments, Citations, and Collections. We have developed more than 300 projects during the last 8 years, implementing our platforms and gaining a solid expertise. We have accumulated many references working with different Municipalities, Counties, Universities, Airports, and private operators, helping them to improve their revenues and their user’s experiences, using our state-of-the-art technology.
Mobile Smart City offers a cloud-based platform, hosted in the US, that can provide an outstanding customer experience when using digital services, parking, transportation, and access control. Our solutions include Mobile Parking Payments, Digital Permits, Parking Enforcement, LPR Fast Pass & QR Access Control, Muti-space Parking Meters, Pay-in-Lane, and Business Intelligence.
Mobile Smart City Corporation, provides Smart Cities and Enterprises with a suite of mobile Solutions and Services, including parking payment, tax payment, enforcement, mobile ticketing, transit payment, local advertising, insurances and more.
For more information www.mobilesmart.city or call 1-844-726-4644
THE CITY OF WILMINGTON MAKES THE PIVOT
WILMINGTON, NC [September 15, 2023] – Pivot Parking is proud to announce they have been awarded the parking management contract for the City of Wilmington, with operations having commenced on July 1, 2023. The City of Wilmington RFP process involved a thorough evaluation of proposals and interviews, allowing Pivot Parking to emerge as the standout candidate, uniquely positioned as the only local operator with the necessary expertise to efficiently oversee the complex parking program.
Operating under the “Park Wilmington” banner, Pivot’s comprehensive program encompasses a variety of facilities, including five parking garages, totaling 2,967 parking spaces, and the recent addition of the 929 Garage, formerly known as the Thermo Fischer/PPD Garage, as of August 6. Additionally, the program manages over 1,000 on-street parking spaces, 270 surface lot spaces, and provides services for special event parking. Pivot will also oversee enforcement activities, such as citations, collections, and appeals, along with customer service staffing, residential permit management, equipment maintenance, and facility cleaning.
Todd Brosius, President of Pivot Parking, expresses the company’s commitment to delivering innovative, cost-effective, and time-efficient parking solutions, not only to their clients but also to the end-users. He emphasizes the enthusiasm of Pivot Parking’s experienced team to bring their industry knowledge to the City of Wilmington and create tailored solutions that benefit the community.
“Our company’s local, hands-on management philosophy allows us to work closely with Wilmington’s Director of Downtown Coordination and Parking, Chance Dunbar, to advance the city’s parking program with new technologies that make parking easier and faster for our patrons,” said Tina Reid, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Pivot Parking.
Pivot Parking has already taken steps to enhance the user experience by introducing contactless parking payment options through Text 2 Park at the 2nd Street surface lot and the Hannah lot. These actions showcase their dedication to modernizing parking services. Furthermore, a comprehensive transformation of the parking office has been successfully completed, with additional plans in progress to implement License Plate Recognition
Enforcement soon. These strategic initiatives underline Pivot’s commitment to delivering top-notch solutions within the City of Wilmington’s parking program.
For more information on parking in the City of Wilmington, visit Park Wilmington and Pivot Parking.
ABOUT PIVOT PARKING
Co-founded in 2020 by parking industry veteran Scott Diggs and serial entrepreneur Paul Adkison, Pivot Parking is one of the fastest growing parking companies in the United States. Along with industry leaders Todd Brosius, Tina Reid, Brandon Lauterbach and Robert Cizek, the company has over 200 years of experience in the parking industry and boasts 100% customer retention, parking over 30,000 cars per day and handling over eleven million transactions each year. Park Fast. Park Easy. Park Smart. Learn more at pivotparking.com.
Building on Success: Propark Mobility Expands West Coast Presence by Acquiring California Parking
San Francisco, Calif. – Propark Mobility announced today that the company has acquired California Parking, a family-run business located in San Francisco, Calif.
“For nearly 70 years, the Puccinelli family has led California Parking to great success and established the company as a premier parking provider in the Bay Area,” said Propark CEO David Schmid. “It’s clear that family is at the heart of their business, and that’s something that resonated deeply with us at Propark. With this transition, Propark’s goal is tohonor their legacy, uphold their tradition of stellar service, and support the company’s continued growth.”
In 1954, Fred Puccinelli founded California Parking, which remained a family-owned business for seven decades. Over the years, the company flourished under the leadership of Richard Puccinelli, Fred’s son. Ron Britz took the helm next, before his nephew, Dante Puccinelli, became CEO and Chairman in 2020. Since then, Dante has diligently continued his family’s legacy of excellence and growth. With more than 20 locations within the San Francisco area, California Parking has become a leading parking operator in the city, offering world-class service at destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, and more.
“From the beginning, Propark’s executive team has demonstrated a clear understanding of California Parking’s cultureand mission,” said Puccinelli. “Their focus on growth, alongside a continued dedication to maintaining our distinct company culture and supporting our expert teams, aligns with our longstanding vision for the company. We look forward to working with Propark to enhance parking options for the San Francisco community.”
California Parking is the latest acquisition by Propark. Since 2020, Propark has grown its national presence by acquiring regional parking leaders, including Monument Parking in Washington, D.C.; Sovereign Services in Houston,Texas; Pilgrim Parking in Boston, Mass.; and Imperial Parking Industries, Inc., in Los Angeles, Calif. To learn more about Propark’s acquisition process, visit www.propark.com/acquisitions.
About Propark Mobility
Propark Mobility is a national, innovation-driven parking management company that provides full-service parkingand mobility services for over 750 hospitality, healthcare, commercial, and off-airport locations in over 100 cities across the United States. For more information, please visit www.propark.com.
GO TO-U and Parkopedia collaborate to elevate the EV charging experience
- New partnership combines GO TO-U’s charging-centric operating system with Parkopedia’s in-vehicle services to provide a seamless EV charging experience
- Drivers benefit from a simplified process of finding and navigating to available charge points, plus predictive charger availability
- Cooperation between the two companies includes data exchange, activation and payment technology and predictive availability data to minimise charging wait times
13 September 2023 – London, UK / Los Angeles, USA – GO TO-U, the pioneering SaaS operating system specialising in EV charging infrastructure management, has entered into cooperation with Parkopedia, the world’s leading connected car services provider to elevate the electric vehicle (EV) charging experience.
Harnessing the power of advanced data analytics and machine learning, GO TO-U has established itself as a frontrunner in predicting EV charging demand, optimising resource allocation, and improving the charging process.Through this dynamic partnership, GO TO-U will share essential data points from its expansive network of EVcharging stations with Parkopedia, while drivers benefit from Parkopedia’s seamless in-car parking and charging integrations that take the stress out of finding chargers and managing charging sessions.
The new partnership will deliver driver benefits in three key areas:
Data Exchange – GO TO-U will seamlessly share real-time data from its extensive EV charging network withParkopedia, enhancing the accuracy and availability of charging station information for drivers.
Activations and Payments – Cutting-edge activations and payment technology will empower drivers to secure charging sessions and pay for these, ensuring a seamless and stress-free EV charging experience.
Optimised Charging – By incorporating GO TO-U’s data insights, Parkopedia will enhance its connected carservices, enabling more efficient charging and minimising wait times for EV redefine the landscape of EV charging, propelling us closer to a world of clean and efficient mobility.”
Duncan Licence, Chief Product Officer at Parkopedia, echoed this sentiment, stating, “This collaboration enables Parkopedia to make finding and managing charging sessions easier, with drivers able to benefit from real-time charging availability information and integrated activations and payments to manage charging efficiently. We discovered in the 2023 Parkopedia Global Driver Survey that finding suitable charging locations is still a majorconcern for many EV drivers and a significant blocker to drivers looking to go electric, so we are pleased that this latest partnership helps us to provide a further improved in-car charging experience to motorists.”
As the EV industry accelerates towards a sustainable future, the collaboration between GO TO-U and Parkopedia helps to make finding and paying for charging simpler and more convenient. Further updates will follow as both companies collaborate to shape the trajectory of parking and charging globally.
Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by automakers, organisations and millions of drivers around the world. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuel and tolls across 90 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.
About GO TO-U
GO TO-U is a trailblazing SaaS operating system at the forefront of EV charging infrastructure optimization. By harnessing the power of big data and machine learning, GO TO-U empowers both drivers and station operators with predictive analytics and demand optimization, delivering an unparalleled charging experience. Learn more at www.go-tou.com.
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ParkMobile Partners with the University of New Hampshire to Offer Parking Reservations at Wildcat Stadium
Visitors of Wildcat Stadium will now be able to use ParkMobile to reserve event parking
Durham, NH – September 13, 2023 — ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of EasyPark Group, is partnering with the University of New Hampshire to offer parking reservations at Wildcat Stadium, home of the university’s football team. Now, drivers can easily reserve and guarantee parking ahead of time via the ParkMobile platform. Through the fully digital parking experience, fans can enjoy the benefits of a safe and secure cashless buying process to reserve parking passes directly to their phone or digital device.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the University of New Hampshire as they join the over 140 colleges and universities that partner with the ParkMobile to manage their parking and mobility and infrastructure. This football season, visitors can guarantee a parking spot ahead of game day to avoid day-of stress,” said David Hoyt, ParkMobile’s Managing Director.
This year, ParkMobile is focused on creating strategic partnerships with venues and universities across the country to grow its digital payment services. With ParkMobile’s over 50 million users, the integration of its digital payment services at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium will provide a consistent user experience for those event attendees traveling from across the U.S. Currently, ParkMobile serves over 300,000 users in New Hampshire.
“Our top priority onsite is to ensure our guests have a seamless experience through offering an easy-to-use mobility and parking solution,” said Fumi Kimura, UNH Deputy Director of Athletics, External Operations. “With the integration of ParkMobile’s reservation platform, our guests can now spend more time enjoying their game day experience and less time searching for parking.”
ParkMobile is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and can be accessed on a mobile web browser. Users can reserve parking via the ParkMobile dedicated University of New Hampshire webpage.
ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of the global parking tech company, EasyPark Group. With the vision to make cities more livable, EasyPark Group owns and develops the apps EasyPark, ParkMobile, RingGo and Park-line, and operates in over 3,200 cities across more than 20 countries. ParkMobile offers digital solutions to quickly find and pay for on-street and off-street parking via a mobile device. The company also offers parking reservations at stadiums, venues, and metro area garages. ParkMobile’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the U.S., including 8 of the top 10 cities, as well as college campuses and airports. ParkMobile has been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Pacesetter Award list, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces and won the 2022 Stevie Awards for Best Mobile On-Demand Application. Visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter for the latest news and information. For EasyPark Group news, visit easyparkgroup.com.
ParkMobile: Haley Haas, PR Manager North America, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-580-0112
PARKING MANAGEMENT COMPANY ADDS PARKING VETERAN TO EXECUTIVE TEAM
Former founder of Towne Park brings decades of experience to leading parking service provider
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Parking Management Company (PMC) has announced the addition of Jerry South to the company’s executive team. Founded in 1992 in Nashville, Tenn., PMC provides parking management services for valet parking, commercial lots and garages, hospitals, event venues, and more.
“Jerry is a parking legend,” said PMC president Matt Cahill. “Many members of the PMC team, including myself, have been fortunate to call Jerry a friend and mentor. It is an honor to welcome him to the team – we intend to do big things.”
Prior to joining PMC, South founded Towne Park in 1988, serving as chief executive officer for more than 30 years. South was dedicated to leading company strategy, ensuring high standards and fostering a unique culture within the company.
After growing his former company to more than 13,000 associates and nearly $350 million in revenues, South sold the business to a private equity firm in one of the highest-profile transactions in the history of the parking industry. Most recently, South served as chairman at Vis-Flow, a technology-enabled service offering in the automotive dealership space.
“This is truly a full-circle moment. Jerry brought Matt, me and many of our teammates into the parking industry, and in many ways his influence has long been felt at PMC,” said PMC chief executive officer Tee McCarley. “Our efforts to provide a convenient, welcoming parking experience were modeled on what Jerry taught me early in my career. Now we have the opportunity to reunite and take PMC to even greater heights.”
South will be responsible for developing growth and business strategy for PMC, with a special focus on acquisitions and fostering relationships with national brand partners. With an extensive background in hospitality, South will also provide insight and guidance to PMC’s hotel services division. PMC was recently recognized as one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies by the 2023 Inc. 5000 list.
About Parking Management Company
Parking Management Company (PMC) is a hyper-growth, employee-owned hospitality parking services provider and commercial parking management company. PMC provides an unparalleled level of service for hotels, commercial lots and garages, hospitals, casinos, and event venues. The company currently employs more than 7,000 associates nationwide and serves clients in 135 cities and 40 states. PMC’s associates Relentlessly serve hundreds of clients from coast to coast.