California Transit Agencies Select Conduent Transportation to Provide New Fleet Management Technology

August 13, 2019

 

 

 

California Transit Agencies Select Conduent Transportation to Provide New Fleet Management Technology

 

 

 

Systems will assist drivers and operators and offer real-time information for riders

 

 

 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., August 13, 2019 — Conduent Transportation, a business unit of digital interactions company Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT), will help public transit agencies in Southern California operate their fleets and provide quality, on-time service for passengers. Under two new contracts, the company will upgrade hardware and software for the management system on board hundreds of buses for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District  (NCTD), as well as key portions of Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) system.

 

The agencies will utilize Conduent’s computer-aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location (CAD/AVL) solution to assist drivers with routing and keep buses on schedule, as well as provide real-time vehicle information on bus locations for passengers to make informed decisions. For dispatch personnel, the systems track the performance of the buses and enable effective communications with the fleet.

 

“These upgrades are critically important for our clients and their customers,” said John Peracchio, Interim CEO, Conduent Transportation. “The newer systems will give the agencies more data and options for operations to run smoothly, leading to even more reliable and trusted service for riders.”

 

San Diego: In San Diego, the upgrades will be performed on 375 buses operated by MTS and another 155 buses operated by NCTD. The work will entail the first large-scale deployment of the company’s advanced Integrated Vehicle Unit (IVU)-4000 version of CAD/AVL. The IVU-4000 on-board system, coupled with key upgrades, will provide an enhanced user experience for drivers and less workload for dispatchers, so they can offer a better overall performance for passengers.

 

Orange County: In Orange County, Conduent will perform for OCTA key software upgrades on the CAD/AVL system, and will work with the authority to develop and pilot a first-of-its-kind bus communications capability based upon Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). This updated technology will leverage the IVU-4000 system’s enhanced capabilities, coupled with cellular communications, to allow dispatchers to more efficiently communicate with operators. The initial pilot will be conducted on 12 OCTA buses to test the functionality and reliability of the VOIP solution, with the goal of migrating the entire fleet to the new technology.

 

The contracts mark an extension of Conduent’s ongoing work with the two agencies.

 

Los Angeles Region: The company also provides fleet management solutions for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), in addition to a range of other transportation services across the region in support of transit, public parking, tolling and safety programs.

 

For example, the company provides dynamic pricing software and hardware for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s LA Express Park™ program. The on-street parking technology enables the agency to manage curbside usage, improving access to spaces and increasing turnover, ultimately reducing congestion.

 

The company also helps to ease travel across Los Angeles County by modernizing the tolling system on Metro ExpressLanes with the latest in automated technologies. Through a recent contract with LA Metro, the company’s upgrades will save drivers time via reduced congestion, while improving safety on both the I-10 and I-110 corridors.

 

Conduent Transportation is a leading provider of transportation and mobility solutions – including roadway charging and management, parking and curbside management, and advanced transit and public safety systems – that offer automated, analytics-based and personalized services for government agencies and their constituents. The company has been helping transportation clients for more than 50 years and operates in 27 countries.

 

 

Complete Coach Works Announces First Delivery of Newly Developed HVAC Systems in Montebello Bus Lines’ New Flyer Buses

August 12, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Complete Coach Works Announces First Delivery of Newly Developed HVAC Systems in Montebello Bus Lines’ New Flyer Buses

 

 

 

RIVERSIDE, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) is pleased to announce it has begun delivery of buses to Montebello Bus Lines. The contract calls for the installation of CCW’s refined HVAC system into 35 Montebello Transit New Flyer buses.

 

In 2018, a full redesign of the HVAC system was developed as a lack of available components to repair the AvantAC system had caused an increasing inability to service it. CCW’s HVAC system will not only utilize readily available industry components, but will also incorporate a streamlined control logic system that was developed in-house. By providing alternative parts that are readily available, the major system components will operate for a considerably longer period of time without the need to replace the entire unit.

Kevin O’Brien, General Sales Manager of CCW states, “Complete Coach Works is extremely excited to be given the opportunity to install our HVAC system into Montebello’s fleet. Our HVAC system has already proven to be successful in Las Vegas, NV, a city that experiences extremely hot weather. We have worked on several projects with Montebello and are confident that this project will have a successful outcome. We look forward to completing this retrofit and are grateful for the opportunity and continued partnership.”

 

CCW’s air conditioning solution will benefit Montebello and its passengers by contributing to a comfortable experience. Kevin comments, “It’s rewarding to know that our pioneering efforts and continued success in advanced technology are making an impact in the transportation industry, and we cannot wait to demonstrate it to other agencies.”

 

 

Complete Coach Works (CCW) is the largest U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company, and the leading provider of a vast array of transportation solutions with over 30 years of dedicated service in the transportation industry. CCW is a pioneer in the business and strives to continually provide cleaner air through innovative design and engineering, resulting in the world’s first and only remanufactured all-electric battery powered bus. Regardless of how small or large the job, CCW provides an exceptionally experienced team of over 350 experts, committed to customer service and satisfaction.

 

Montebello Bus Lines is the third largest municipal bus operator in Los Angeles County. Its primary responsibility is to provide transportation services to residents of Montebello and neighboring cities. With a fleet of 66 buses, MBL serves over 8 million passengers a year throughout the communities of Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, La Mirada, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, South Gate and Whittier.

 

For more information, please contact Brad Carson at (800) 287-7253 or e-mail bradley@completecoach.com

 

WAVE Supports Antelope Valley Transit Authority to be the First Fully Electric Fleet Powered by Wireless Chargers

August 12, 2019

 

 

 

WAVE Supports Antelope Valley Transit Authority to be the First Fully Electric Fleet

Powered by Wireless Chargers

 

 

 

Salt Lake City, UT- Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE), the leading innovator in heavy-duty vehicle wireless charging, announced today that it will provide additional wireless inductive charging systems to Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), as they transition to a 100% electric vehicle fleet.

 

 

 

The economy’s shift toward sustainability has influenced AVTA’s decision to become pioneers of battery electric bus transportation. By combining groundbreaking electric bus technology with wireless inductive charging technology, AVTA’s innovative bus project will be the first of its kind in the nation. The electric bus fleet project will not only benefit local communities, but the environment as a whole.

 

“Our goal is to seamlessly integrate the charging into naturally occurring dwell times in our schedule,” stated AVTA CEO Macy Neshati, “and with the industry leading 250kW transfer rate that WAVE provides, we can add as much as 133 miles of range on a typical 8-hour shift, which allows us to conduct business as usual while disposing of old polluting diesel buses.”

 

In-route charging means buses can have smaller batteries, reduced vehicle weight, a higher passenger capacity, and extended vehicle range. Manually attaching power connectors for plug-in chargers is time-consuming, not to mention the risks associated with above ground charging equipment through distasteful visual clutter of overhead lines and pylons. In addition, overhead chargers include moving parts requiring frequent maintenance that will significantly increase costs.

 

Michael Masquelier, WAVE’s Chief Executive Officer, says, “It’s the completely “hands-free” automated charging operation that is driving demand, which requires absolutely no action by the operators.  AVTA’s electric buses can now move passengers all day long, without a single concern about having enough range.”

 

“We are honored to be a part of AVTA’s significant milestone in its goal of attaining an all-electric fleet,” says Michael Masquelier, “AVTA has paved the way for transit agencies adopting electric buses with range concerns simply by eliminating the concerns altogether.”

 

WAVE technology transfers power through the air from a single embedded charging pad placed in the pavement to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle’s undercarriage. The pad embedded in the ground is sturdy enough to be run throughout the course of the day without damage, has no moving parts, and avoids risks associated with above ground charging equipment.

 

WAVE is honored to partner with AVTA toward its goal of green mobility. “We look forward to working on future projects with them,” stated Michael Masquelier. WAVE wishes AVTA much success in its continued efforts to provide exemplary service to the communities it serves.

 

About WAVE

WAVE is a technology company focused on creating practical and economical solutions for the transit and off-road industrial electric vehicle markets worldwide. WAVE is the premiere developer of inductive charging solutions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, with numerous commercial deployments across the country. WAVE’s wireless power transfer technology is the world’s  most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. For more information on WAVE, please visit http://www.waveipt.com/.

 

About AVTA

AVTA serves a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it is bounded by the Kern County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to the south and Interstate 5 to the west. AVTA is committed to its sustainability goals of becoming the nation’s first fully electric fleet powered wirelessly with up to 85 new all-electric buses.

TIBA Parking Systems is Selected to Install Access and Revenue Control Equipment in 11 Parking Facilities Across the City of Greenville

August 12, 2019

 

TIBA Parking Systems is Selected to Install Access and Revenue Control Equipment in 11 Parking Facilities Across the City of Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina  — The City of Greenville selected TIBA Parking Systems to launch customer service centric operations in 11 city-owned garages and one surface lot, totaling at 60 entry and exit lanes.

 

“After months of research, the City of Greenville, SC has selected TIBA as the provider of PARCS equipment for all 11 of its city managed garages,” said Bill Foster, General Manager of Parking Services for the City of Greenville, South Carolina. “TIBA’s comprehensive solution that includes hardware, software, LPR technology and a mobile application fits our needs completely and we are excited about the improved functionality that will be available to our community.”

The City of Greenville currently operates 11 parking facilities within the Central Business District for a total of 60 lanes and approximately 8,000 spaces. Six downtown hotels, comprised of 3 hotel brands, are also supported by the City parking facilities.

The project will also include License Plate Recognition, Access Credentials, IP Based Intercom, combination of full service pay and credit only in lanes, and offline validations and Smart Sticker Parker Program.

“TIBA Parking is proud to work with The City of Greenville as they renovate and expand upon their parking facilities,” said Jon Bowsher, President of TIBA North & South America. “Our focus on customer service and ease of use align with the City’s objectives, and our fast and flexible solutions are a great fit for any size of project.”

The City’s parking operation is fully owned and managed by the city and is customer service centric with revenue generation being secondary. Rapidly becoming known as a “destination” point, Greenville’s remarkable growth can be attributed, in part, to the cosmopolitan feel of the downtown and metro areas. Designed to not only service downtown businesses and urban residents, but the tourism industry, of which available parking and amenities are a substantial part. The driving force in replacing the outdated system was primarily technology driven and based on improving the customer experience, speeding throughput and the reliability/uptime of the system.

“Carolina Time remains excited to play an ongoing part of the modernization of the City’s parking operation led by the advanced capabilities and features of TIBA’s technology, coupled with our 60-year reputation for unparalleled local support,” said Barry Welborn, Carolina Time Branch Manager.

About the City of Greenville: Nestled up against the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of South Carolina’s Upcountry, you’ll find Greenville situated just about halfway between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Greenville’s friendly, thriving downtown pulses with things to do year-round. From one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and art galleries to museums, tours and outdoor activities, Greenville is a welcoming retreat for visitors of every age and explorers of every type.

About Carolina Time: Through exceptional growth of product lines and services, Carolina Time has established itself as a leader in sales and service of advanced state-of-the-art Parking, Access, and Time & Attendance systems in the Carolinas. All of our systems are customized and integrated to fit our client’s exact needs to maximize operational performance and minimizing downtime. We are continually researching the latest technologies, parking solutions and product offering for our clients and are committed to providing our customers with uncompromising service.

About TIBA Parking Systems: TIBA Parking Systems provides innovative hardware and software solutions for the parking market. Based on the latest generation of processors, cloud-based services and physical/wireless credential technologies, TIBA products are reliable, user-friendly and simple to install and maintain. TIBA Parking Systems continuously improves and develops its’ products with the aim of lowering the price of initial acquisition and the cost of ongoing maintenance. TIBA has successfully implemented this through a focus on quality development, while continuing to listen closely to customer requirements and requests. This allows owners and operators to keep the capital investment down while still enjoying all the latest functionality. With extensive global experience, TIBA’s robust, scalable cloud architecture enables parking operators to keep pace with the latest trends in centralized operations, automated smart facilities, ticketless and frictionless parking, web reservations, and mobile payments. TIBA’s flexible systems facilitate IoT-connectivity and leverage big data to increase revenue. TIBA’s agile integrations with third party systems empower parking operators to be an integral part of the growing smart cities ecosystem.

For over 30 years, TIBA serves parking operators and owners globally, both directly and through its extensive network of Value Added Resellers across diverse industries such as hotels & hospitality, airports, universities, shopping centers, hospitals & medical centers, and local, state & federal governments. For more information about TIBA Parking Systems, visit www.tibaparking.com.

California to prevent Municipalities from enforcing parking regulations 

August 08, 2019

 

 

 

California to prevent Municipalities from enforcing parking regulations

 

 

 

by Kevin Dougherty, CEO Barnacle Parking Enforcement

 

 

 

As a young Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, I received a great piece of leadership advice from a salty old Master Sergeant.  He told me:  “The moment you don’t uphold a standard, you just set a new standard”.  California bill AB516 is on the cusp of becoming law. If passed, it will effectively ban the enforcement of parking ordinances across the state, forcing municipalities to rely only on collections and registration holds.  This will have immediate and profound effects on every municipality in the state, with the greatest impact being felt by local businesses, residents, and municipal revenues.

 

Like many cities and states – current laws in the State of California allow enforcement of parking regulations through immobilization and towing after 5 or more parking citations have not been paid within the designated time period.  Drivers who meet these criteria are deemed “scofflaws” and when their vehicle is identified on a public road, they can be immobilized or towed. Following immobilization or towing, they must pay outstanding fines (or enroll in a payment plan) before getting their car back.

 

The AB516 bill would: “delete the authority of a peace officer or public employee, as appropriate, to remove or immobilize a vehicle under those circumstances.”

 

In its current form, AB516 would make the following changes:

  • No immobilization or towing for scofflaw vehicles
  • No towing of a vehicle in a tow away zone until:
    • 5 days after identification (extending from current law, which allows for 72 hours)
    • Notice of violation, with information on available parking alternatives
  • Towing operators would not be able to conduct a lien sale to cover towing and storage fees

 

As a result, the only options left in California Vehicle Code are withholding registrations and/or sending the debt to collections or Franchise Tax Board Intercepts.

 

The purpose of AB516 is to prevent undue hardship on drivers, especially lower income drivers. The premise being that that lower income drivers are disproportionally affected by towing and immobilization.  Consumer protection and fair collections practices are a noble cause and should be considered as one of the guiding principles when adopting an effective enforcement program.  However, AB516 overreaches on consumer protection to the detriment of all other considerations.

 

This brings us to the question: “Why is parking enforcement necessary?”. Voluntary compliance with parking regulations it the desired end state of any enforcement program.

The desired outcomes of parking enforcement are:

  1. Promote the safe and free flow of traffic
  2. Ensure parking turnover
  3. Ensure payment compliance

 

The end of enforcement is the end of widespread compliance.  While many people will follow the rules regardless of the threat of enforcement, a large percentage of people will not.  Especially when they deem the offense to be minor, like overstaying in a parking spot or driving above the speed limit.  For example – A road with speed traps at regular intervals will have less people driving over the speed limit.  Similarly – a well communicated and enforced parking management program will ensure widespread compliance. And, the more visible the enforcement, the more effective it is.

 

Julie Dixon, President of Dixon Resources Unlimited, a parking operations and enforcement expert provides the following insight on the need for parking enforcement:

 

“A comprehensive parking enforcement program is critical to ensuring the safety of municipal streets and the availability of parking.  When parking citations are not actively reinforced by effective escalation methods like relevant citation penalties, immobilization and, as a last resort, towing – people will stop following parking regulations”

 

The League of California Cities, an association that represents most of the state’s 482 cities, has opposed the bill, text available here: http://blob.capitoltrack.com/19blobs/a94ed77b-5f21-4a12-85c3-929e5a6b138a

 

If California passes AB 516 prohibiting the escalation of parking enforcement, the effect will be profound.

 

  • Financial:
    • Current California municipal incomes from parking tickets is over $500 Million annually
    • Without effective enforcement and collections, revenues will decrease significantly, which will shrink parking budgets and decrease the ticketing workforce, having a cascading effect that will undercut the entire process
    • In many cities, parking revenues are essential to funding public services
  • Local Business:
    • Businesses rely on parking turnover to allow their customers a place to park
    • If parking standards are no longer actively enforced, people will stay in spots longer, causing potential customers to abandon their errand, resulting in a continued hardship for brick and mortar businesses
    • Added costs and demands to both private and public off street parking facilities
  • Traffic and Safety:
    • Even with effective enforcement techniques – Parking Expert Donald Shoup estimates: “in a 15-block area in Los Angeles’ Westwood Village alone, cars travel about 950,000 miles annually just cruising for parking, burning 47,000 gallons of gasoline and emitting 730 tons of carbon dioxide”
    • Lack of available parking leads to increased congestion, further clogging roadways that are already maxed out during peak hours

 

When it comes to escalation of parking enforcement, options are already limited and finding a balanced approach that effectively encourages compliance without being overly draconian can be a difficult task.

 

Collections and Franchise Tax Board Intercepts are ineffective at encouraging compliance. The process is often only initiated after a substantial amount of time and debt has accrued.  The combination of late fees, the collections agency’s fees, and the accrual of tickets means violators will owe substantial sums of money. This is the worst-case scenario for low income residents of California.  The consequences are often so far removed from the offenses, both by time and relatability, they are not an effective deterrent or motivation to comply with parking regulations.

 

Towing can be an overly punitive method of enforcement with greatest effects felt by the poor.  Loss of a vehicle combined with a multitude of fees, including mileage, daily storage, transit to the impound lot, and the tow itself add up to a significant amount of money.  This is a situation that many households cannot easily manage financially, and therefore lose their vehicle. Towing should only be used to ensure free flow of traffic and for safety reasons.

 

Immobilizations, when used as part of a comprehensive outreach program, can be a very effective means of enforcement without being overly punitive.  Immobilizations allow the motorist to still keep their vehicle, and can provide an early and inexpensive intervention before the fines become overly burdensome.  From the League of California Cities Opposition Letter:

“When it comes to the immobilization of a vehicle, it is key to remember that this method is only used when someone has five or more unpaid parking tickets and the payment plans offered to them by the city, as established by recently chaptered bills AB 503 (2017) and AB 2544 (2018). These payment plans can be as low as $5 for an indigent person and $25 for a non-indigent person. This is a fair process that allows low-income individuals to pay their outstanding parking citations without impacting their ability to maintain their livelihood.”

 

When best practices are applied, consumer protection is prioritized, and motorists are treated as a customer – a balanced approach can become the solution to the problems that brought about AB516 in the first place.

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB516

 

info@barnacleparking.com

 

 

 

The ZipBy Ambassador intern program

August 07, 2019

 

The ZipBy Ambassador intern program

 

 

 

The ZipBy Ambassador intern program was specifically designed to give millennial College and University students the opportunity to gain insight into the latest technology in the world of mobility and autonomous parking.

 

 

ZipBy’s internship allows these students to engage directly with the end user by educating them on the benefits of frictionless and autonomous mobile App solutions. The interns set up customer engagement kiosks within the parking facilities to talk directly to parkers all while handing out informative fliers on this next generation of Autonomous parking and explaining the ease of downloading the free ZipBy App.

 

For the interns, who usually come from a marketing and business course curriculum, there is a tremendous benefit for them to see a very dynamic industry and to attract fresh new minds to the parking and mobility industry. On the other hand, the interns bring fresh new ideas to the parking industry from a millennial’s perspective. Everyone wins. The parker, general public and, of course, this offers wonderful career development opportunities for these exciting young minds!

 

About ZipBy:

ZipBy™ is a global, comprehensive, touchless & ticketless parking system solution. ZipBy’s patented Set and Forget technology is the industry’s only hands free entry and exit parking solution allowing customers to leave their phone in ‘black screen’ mode and ZipBy™ continues to work. “Amazing idea…. wish more garages would instal [sic],” Melissa wrote.  Easily integrated with PARCs, ZipBy Access Control allows ZipBy™ to fully function alongside any manufacturer’s equipment. It’s the only system that enables Enter, Exit and Pay for parking, with guaranteed 100% Revenue Capture, that does not require the driver to interact with an electronic device or parking system equipment.

 

www.zipby.us

 

 SKIDATA Completes PARCS Project For Jackson Hole Airport 

August 07, 2019

 

 

SKIDATA Completes PARCS Project For Jackson Hole Airport 

 

 

 

New Brunswick, NJ — SKIDATA Continues To Expand Airport Client List With Partnership With Jackson Hole Airport. 

 

 

 

SKIDATA’s latest airport PARCS installation has recently been completed at Jackson Hole Airport in Jackson Hole, Wyoming located within Grand Teton National Park. As larger airports continue to improve and update their infrastructure, smaller airports such as Jackson Hole have been following suit. This improvement not only creates a more secure parking facility for airport travelers, but was also designed to be more convenient as well. 

 

 

The project included 4 lots with a total of 11 lanes of SKIDATA automated Power.Gate entry and exit devices. 5 entries and 6 exit lanes provide secure parking for staff members and travelers with both ticketed – paid parking as well as a standard HID system handling employee access. This modern system replaces an antiquated one that required travelers to pay in advance. The 2 Credit.Cash APM units for credit-card-only transactions provide the convenience of self-service payment within the terminal and every exit is outfitted with EMV readers for payment directly in the exit lanes. 

The customers directly interacting with the new system can convey the project success better than anyone. “I found the ticketing machines very straightforward and easy to use,” commented Valarie Brown, a frequent airport traveler. “It’s so nice not to have to put in how many nights I will be there nor have to return to my car to get my luggage. It will be particularly nice this winter.” 

For the Jackson Hole Operations Team, the addition of the SKIDATA web applications of sweb Report and sweb Control provide simplified system data and maintenance access from any internet enabled device. 

“Jackson Hole Airport is one of the most unique in the country, residing entirely within a National Park,” said Matthew Gambardella, Sales Professional with SKIDATA. “They have been a terrific partner to work with and SKIDATA was able to deliver a successful installation right on schedule. They face brutal winter conditions, but a state-of-the-art SKIDATA system has proven functionality in even the coldest climates. We’re confident that our solution will exceed their expectations, and we look forward to working with them for years to come.” 

SKIDATA is passionate about its commitment to deliver superior, reliable, and trend setting solutions. We are ready to help our customers to unlock the power of SKIDATA. 

 

About SKIDATA 

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions. 

 

Diesel parking surcharge begins in Westminster, London, UK to tackle air pollution

August 07, 2019

 

Diesel parking surcharge begins in Westminster to tackle air pollution

 

 

Many of the diesel cars parked in Westminster will be subject to a brand new diesel surcharge from this week to help take on the challenge of low air quality.

 

 

Following a successful trial of a 50 per cent surcharge for on street parking in part of the borough, Westminster City Council confirmed earlier this year that it would be rolling out the scheme across the rest of the city. The scheme follows positive feedback from residents.

It is expected that journeys into central London by older and polluting diesel vehicles could be cut by more than a quarter of a million. Pre-2015 diesels are the ones being targeted as they are the heaviest polluters.

Under the scheme, an additional surcharge ranging from 85p to £2.45 per hour on top of parking fees would apply depending on where in Westminster, with more central locations attracting a higher premium.

 

Cllr Tim Mitchell, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for environment and city management, said:

 

“We are standing up and taking action to improve air quality in Westminster, the evidence proves that the diesel parking surcharge can make a difference.

“Our residents were clear that they want us to roll out the 50 per cent surcharge out across the city. Air quality is one of their top concerns, and so this move is an important and logical next step in our commitment to improving the air we breathe.”

 

Over the last two years the Council has trialled the diesel parking surcharge in parking zone F, largely comprising Marylebone and Fitzrovia. The scheme has been very successful, reducing the amount of older diesel vehicles parking in the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood by 16 per cent, without any obvious displacement to nearby parking zones.

 

Westminster was the first London borough to introduce a surcharge where polluting vehicles paid an extra 50 per cent on their hourly parking rates. Income from the surcharge will contribute to schemes to improve air quality in the city.

 

Last year the Council publicly consulted on how to extend this policy city wide. More than 1,300 responded and the message from residents in particular was clear in backing the roll out the diesel surcharge across the city.

 

With 9.9 million drivers in the capital road transport contributes to over half of the deadliest emissions (Nox and PM2.5) and the council has made tackling poor air quality a top priority.

 

This latest measure is one of many initiatives the council has introduced in recent years to improve air quality, including;  installation of EV rapid charging points, the ongoing #DontBeIdle anti-idling campaign which has gained support from over 14,000 people and the schools clean air fund aimed at reducing the number of vehicles traveling on the roads around schools at the beginning and end of the school day.

 

 

 

Media enquires – Westminster City Council media team on 020 7641 2259

 

 

 

What it will cost

The diesel parking surcharge was set at 50% in Marylebone, and the same charges are proposed across the borough.

 

Different zones have different costs but in the West End this would mean a £4.90 hourly charge would go up to £7.35 for pre-2015 diesel vehicles.

 

The smallest increase would be in the north of the borough (Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Maida Vale) where £1.70 per hour would become £2.55.

 

LAZ Parking Selected to Run Parking Operations at Tulsa International Airport

August 06, 2019

 

 

LAZ Parking Selected to Run Parking Operations at Tulsa International Airport

 

 

 

Tulsa, OK –August 6, 2019. Tulsa International Airport is pleased to announce that, as of July 1, LAZ Parking will oversee parking operations at the airport. Under the terms of the contract, the Hartford, CT-based company will operate the airport’s Self-Park, Valet Parking, Shuttle Operations and Employee Parking, as well as its Taxi Queuing and Dispatch system.

 

 

 

“Tulsa International Airport is excited to join forces with LAZ Parking and to utilize their vast experience to improve the parking and overall travel experience of our guests,” said Fabio Spino, Chief Financial Officer, Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust.“LAZ seemed to understand our needs and presented a proposal that addressed not only those we currently have but anticipated those we might have in the future.”

 

Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is served by six commercial carriers and is also home to the Tulsa Air National Guard Base. The airport has one three-level, covered long-term parking facility, a surface lot with shuttle operations, a taxi queuing system, reserved parking spaces, valet parking and employee parking surface lots. The facility has a total of 3,996 self-parking spaces, 628 employee spaces, and valet services totaling about 1,100 transactions a month.

 

“LAZ Parking’s cutting-edge customer service concepts and innovative technology have made it a leader in the parking industry,” Spino said. Programs LAZ plans to implement at TUL include:

 

  • A Loyalty and Corporate Program for frequent users of airport parking facilities
  • A proprietary Online Reservation System with Pay-by-Cell technology for reserving and paying for parking in advance
  • Installation of a new PARCs system providing updated technology solutions for the traveling public

 

“We presented a new vision to Tulsa International Airport,” said Stuart Vieth, General Manager at LAZ Parking’s Airport division. “TUL felt that our expertise and insight into parking set LAZ apart from the competition.”

 

 

 

“Our laser focus on improving service levels to the traveling public and increasing profitability for our clients topped the list of reasons that made LAZ the best choice,” added LAZ Parking Chairman & CEO Alan Lazowski. “It represents a tremendous opportunity for our Airport division and is true to our core company values of creating opportunities for our employees and value for our clients.”

 

 

 

 

About LAZ Parking:

LAZ Parking, founded in Hartford, CT in 1981, is one of the largest and fastest-growing parking companies in the United States, operating over a million parking spaces across the country in over 3,150 locations in 35 states and 410 cities. With over 38 years of experience providing parking management, transportation and mobility services, LAZ works seamlessly across a variety of market segments, including hospitality and valet, office buildings, medical, airport and transportation, campus, government and municipal, retail, events, residential building and shuttle services. Additional information can be found at www.lazparking.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The City of Paso Robles Partners with Flowbird to Implement Smart Parking System

August 06, 2019

 

 

 

The City of Paso Robles Partners with Flowbird to Implement Smart Parking System

 

 

 

Moorestown, New Jersey — The City of Paso Robles, California has partnered with Flowbird Group, the world’s leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions, to launch a comprehensive plate-based parking system in the downtown business district. The system is designed to open up on-street parking spaces for retail and restaurant customers, while encouraging local employees to park in off-street lots.

 

The Flowbird system, consisting of kiosks, an easy-to-use mobile parking app, along with electronic validations and permitting, comes as a solution to the city’s ongoing parking shortage issues. The main issue the city faces is business employees taking up prime parking spots meant for customers – an issue common in many local shopping districts. Powered by Flowbird’s flexible permitting solution, the city has introduced a $5 per month parking program offered exclusively for business employees. The ‘Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program’reserves parking spaces for permit holders in 5 public parking lots downtown, encouraging employees to leave prime parking spaces available for customers, while saving on per-day parking costs.

 

The implementation of Flowbird’s pay-by-plate system will provide a better parking flow, encouraging those who can manage a short walk from an off-street lot to leave prime paid parking spaces open in front of businesses. Visitors who prefer to park in the main on-street business district may pay at a nearby CWT parking kiosk or through the WayToPark mobile app. While users can choose to get a printed receipt from the kiosk, Flowbird’s green solution offers a text receipt option. With the WayToPark app, users get a digital receipt and can extend their parking right from their mobile device.

 

Regardless of whether the patron pays at a kiosk or through the mobile app, each license plate number receives 2 hours of free parking per day. The pay-by-plate system keeps track of purchased time on each plate and flags enforcement through an LPR solution, provided by Vigilant Solutions, if a car is out of compliance. This enhanced management system also allows the city to implement a merchant validation program,enabling customers downtown to validate parking with participating businesses, while encouraging businesses to use the validation process as a way to help build customer service and loyalty.

 

“This new paid parking system has been customized for the City of Paso Robles and utilizes our powerful parking rights management system,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America.  “Our goal was to provide the City with a flexible way to manage various parking use cases, while giving end users a positive experience.”

 

Prior to the launch of paid parking, which is scheduled to start on August 14, 2019, there will be a practice period where visitors can begin to use the pay stations. Parking will remain free during this time. The intention of the practice period is to allow the public to get familiar with the technology. During this time, the city will be offering training sessions and provide information about the upcoming merchant validation program, the Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program, and the new mobile application, WayToPark.

 

Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 600 customers throughout the U.S. This project allows the company to continue its rapid expansion across California, where cities such as Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, and Ventura utilize Flowbird systems.

 

 

 

Flowbird US Media Contact

Sean Renn – Vice President of Marketing and Communications

856-220-1577

sean.renn@flowbird.group

www.flowbird.group

 

 

 

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