April 12, 2018
NRDC: Los Angeles Endorses New Blueprint for Making City a National Leader in Transportation
Plan Would Cut Pollution and Increase Access to More Transportation Options in Age of Ridesharing and Autonomous Vehicles
LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2018) – A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, endorsed by the City of Los Angeles, offers cutting-edge recommendations for tackling the city’s notorious transportation challenges, as technology in the form of rides-on-demand and autonomous vehicles revolutionizes how people move around in cities. The recommendations in the report could be replicated in cities around the country.
“Shared mobility has certainly made its mark in cities — sometimes for the better, but not always,” said Amanda Eaken, Director of Transportation and Climate with NRDC’s Healthy People and Thriving Communities program. “This policy framework is designed to put the city on a path to cleaner air and better access to transportation for Angelenos of all income levels—setting a model for cities nationwide to follow.”
Los Angeles is already on its way: It now ranks third in the nation for daily public transportation ridership and stands as a national leader on car-sharing, bike-sharing, and environmental sustainability. These recommendations can help the city build on the progress it has made and cement its role as a national leader in sustainable urban transportation.
“The decisions we make today will determine what kind of neighborhoods our kids will live in tomorrow,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who chairs the Council’s Transportation Committee and serves on the Metro Board of Directors. “Creating a future where everyone has access to safe and convenient mobility options — and where innovations like shared mobility can make it easier to live in LA without owning a car — requires good information and thoughtful consideration of the work that must be done. Thankfully, this report offers the information we need and makes recommendations for how we can approach the work ahead, and I am grateful to the teams at NRDC and LADOT for their hard work.”
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, said, “Los Angeles stands to reap the most benefits or possibly suffer the greatest negative effects of the arrival of disruptive transportation technologies and new business models that rest on the acceleration of shared mobility. This Action Plan will guide LADOT towards ensuring that these services work for all Angelenos, and provide sustainable and equitable mobility.”
Los Angeles Shared-Mobility Climate and Equity Action Plan presents a first-of-its-kind policy framework for how shared mobility—such as bike- and ridesharing services—can better help cities cut climate pollution and increase access to transportation in communities that are historically underserved. The recommendations draw on the most recent research on the impacts of shared mobility, as well as best practices from around the world, and offer a role for city government in shaping this emerging mobility marketplace.
The report takes into account the effects of ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft on congestion and the environment, the need for more infrastructure for electric cars and buses, the rapid development of autonomous vehicles, and embedded transportation structures that have neglected low-income communities.
Its recommendations include:
· Creating incentives for the use of electric vehicles in ridesharing and other shared mobility options
· Piloting a congestion pricing zone in the city to manage flow in high-traffic areas and create a sustainable funding source for low-carbon mobility choices
· Creating a single routing, booking, and payment platform to enable access to all mobility options
· Developing specifications for gathering data from mobility providers
· Creating an equity advisory committee on transportation to provide greater input into city decision-making,
· Reducing or eliminating minimum parking requirements in the city zoning code
Action Plan: https://www.nrdc.org/resources/angeles-shared-mobility-climate-and-equity-action-plan
Medium: LA is Flipping the Script on Commuting: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/carter-rubin/flipping-script-commuting
NRDC Instagram story on shared mobility action plan: https://www.instagram.com/stories/nrdc_org/
Press Release: https://www.nrdc.org/media/2018/180412
January 06, 2017
Park Assist® Opens Los Angeles Office
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – January 6, 2017 – Park Assist announces the opening of a new regional office in Los Angeles, California. Due to increased demand and interest in Park Assist’s patent pending, camera-based parking guidance systems, the company has opened a new operation in Southern California. Park Assist has offices in Northern California in San Francisco, as well. The Los Angeles office will be in Silicon Beach, the growing epicenter of technology and innovation. Park Assist will be directly across from Facebook’s newest campus which is currently under construction. The West Los Angeles space is in a prime location near Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and near our clients such as, Santa Monica Place, Century City, Glendale Galleria, Brookfield’s Fig At 7th and Culver City. “We are delighted to strengthen our operations in the Los Angeles region to serve our growing client list and partners in Southern California,” said Gary Neff, CEO of Park Assist. The new office opened in January and is located at 12777 West Jefferson Blvd, suite 3032. Park Assist is headquartered in New York City and has offices in Amsterdam, Cheshire, Dubai, Fort Lauderdale, London, Panama City, San Francisco, Santiago and Sydney. The Los Angeles location represents the fourth regional U.S. office in Park Assist’s North American support network.
Park Assist® is the parking industry leading camera focused innovator with the most camera based parking guidance installations in the world. Our technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.6 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.
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July 19, 2016
SpotHero Launches in Los Angeles to Ease Parking and Traffic Pains
Leading Parking App Makes Parking Easy and Affordable
CHICAGO (July 19, 2016)– Today parking reservation service SpotHero launched in Los Angeles, making parking easier and more affordable for Southern California drivers. SpotHero empowers drivers to find and reserve parking at over 150 locations throughout Los Angeles, including high traffic areas such as LAX, Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. The company plans to expand to other locations throughout the city in the near future.
Studies conducted at UCLA indicate that 30% of congested downtown traffic is due to drivers looking for parking. With SpotHero, drivers can plan where they will park in advance and avoid idle searching and circling. SpotHero also addresses Los Angeles’s high cost of living for drivers by reducing the cost of parking by as much as 50%.
“Given that traffic delays and rising costs continue to be among the top concerns for Los Angeles residents, we hope SpotHero can make driving more enjoyable and affordable,” said Mark Lawrence, co-founder and CEO of SpotHero.
SpotHero offers the most parking options in LA — with over 70 percent more than any competitors. Here are some popular locations and rates:
LAX: SpotHero has 4x the number of parking locations here than competitors, including:
898 N. Sepulveda Blvd: $9.95 self park and $10.95 valet
5400 W Century Blvd: $9.95 a day for valet
9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd: $19.95 a day
Staples Center: $25 for events
Financial District, 465 S Flower St: $9 a day
Pershing Square, 220 S. Spring: $10 a day, $5 overnight
Rose Bowl: 48 N Raymond Ave (with shuttle service): $15 for events
Pasadena Playhouse, 650 E Green St: $6 for events
SpotHero partners with parking operators who give the company access to their unsold spots. Drivers are then able to find and reserve parking with convenient garages, lots and valets through SpotHero’s iOS app, Android app or website.
SpotHero distinguishes itself from other parking offerings by providing access to the largest number of parking locations (70% more) and offering a superior customer experience that includes support 7 days a week, intuitive design and integration with Apple Pay for a faster checkout process.
SpotHero is the #1 parking reservation service that enables drivers to reserve parking spots with convenient garages, lots and valets. It currently offers easy and affordable parking at more than 2,500 locations across the country. Launched in 2011, SpotHero is led by founders Mark Lawrence and Larry Kiss. The company has helped park over 3 million cars to date and has raised $27 million in VC funding. Learn more at SpotHero.com and find us in the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.