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Not “NIMBY” – PIE 2022 and ParkNews.biz Feb 1st- 7th, 2022

February 07, 2022



Not “NIMBY” – PIE 2022 and ParkNews.biz Feb 1st– 7th, 2022




“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”  – Marcus Aurelius.



Sometimes, I read an article that makes my jaw drop in amazement. Not in wonder nor in awe, but simply in disbelief about our human nature.  I do have an expressive face and my jaw has dropped often, especially in these last two years.  In this case, I have read an article in this Sunday LA Times titled “Rich Town Wants a Big Cat as a Buffer”. LA Times online, has it under the title as posted on ParkNews.biz: Feb 7, 2022 – Wealthy town has an answer against building affordable housing: Mountain lions

“Last week, officials in the enclave of 5,500 people announced that all of Woodside was exempt from a new state housing law that allows for duplex development on single-family home lots. The reason? The entire town is habitat for potentially endangered mountain lions. …”

“The new state law, Senate Bill 9, generally allows property owners of single-family parcels to build duplexes and, in some cases, fourplexes on their land. But lawmakers gave local governments discretion to add parking requirements or size limitations, among other restrictions.” …

“We love animals,” Woodside Mayor Dick Brown told The Almanac local newspaper, which first reported the town’s decision. “Every house that’s built is one more acre taken away from [mountain lions’] habitat. Where are they going to go? Pretty soon we’ll have nothing but asphalt and no animals or birds.” … Read more if you want your jaw to reach the floor.

After I picked my jaw off the floor, I thought oh well, it is a Year of a Tiger after all.  So along with the cat theme, mountain lion preservation works better than any sort of parking requirements or restrictions, or honesty.  Apropos of the new Chinese Year: Do LA Rams even have a chance when they go against those ferocious Cats, Cincinnati Bengals? And there is no Chinese Zodiac sign for a sheep except in the mirror.  Either way, if you are attending the Super Bowl it looks like parking will be costly. Check it out here: Feb 4, 2022 – Super Bowl Parking Plentiful, But It’ll Cost You Big Bucks

Yes, ladies and gents, the world is upside down.  Nevertheless, on the upside, we have our PIE 2022 in Reno, NV.  Marcy Sparrow is a visionary to have picked up this gem of small American town, as a location for our conference and expo.  Thank you Marcy!

Reno is simply beautiful!  And considering that all of us are dealing with inflation, high prices, post lockdown challenges and so on, in Reno, your buck goes much further than in other cities.

Our conference is at the most hospitable Grand Sierra Resort.  This hotel has everything, such as great restaurants, bars, a movie theater, a casino, an ax throwing ring, a spa, a night club with a pool, a bowling alley and more.  The best part, the newly remodeled and cozy rooms are around $96.  I stayed in one and enjoyed it immensely.

Once again this year, we are excited about our annual Parking Today Awards.  This awards’  lunch, is going to celebrate not only your accomplishments but also emphasize laughter, magic and fun.  We have a special guest MC who will keep your jaw dropping from belly laughs.

Because it is Reno, and because we want every company in YIMBY, that is our Parking Industry, to Thrive and become stronger than ever, we have special offers on our Awards’ Sponsorships.  Through the Sponsorship, you can showcase your organization and tell your story.  And you can help to celebrate your peers and colleagues.

Please reach out to Marcy Sparrow at marcy@parkingtoday.com  to secure your sponsorship.  This deal from Reno might not be available ever again.  And these opportunities will sell out fast!

I can’t wait to see you in this awesome little town in May for PIE 2022.  And I am sure you will be in amazement.  Not on account of the insanity of this world, but because the joy, the wonder and the success you will find at our conference.

Thank you.

Have a blessed week.


Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9




Former Uber Exec Joins Fast-Growing Logistics Startup Nuvocargo As Head of People

January 18, 2022

Former Uber Exec Joins Fast-Growing Logistics Startup Nuvocargo As Head of People

Lauren Burdick joins executive team as Nuvocargo continues ramping up new hires to support rapid growth




NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2022  — Nuvocargo, the only all-in-one digital platform for US/Mexico trade, announced today that Lauren Burdick has joined the company as Head of People.

In this new role at Nuvocargo, Burdick will leverage her 10+ years experience leading operational teams and projects in the US and in Mexico to manage the company’s employee experience and ensure that it is closely aligned with its vision, mission and values. She will define and execute the strategy behind Nuvocargo’s employee value proposition and compensation philosophy and ensure process excellence in talent acquisition, people operations, and learning and development.

Burdick joins Nuvocargo from the $8.7B LatAm startup Kavak, where she led the Central Mexico region as General Manager and later the company’s Latin America customer service teams. Prior to that, Burdick was with Uber, where she helped scale the Uber Mexico customer service team to 500 and also served as Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Strategy for Uber Eats LatAm. Burdick was a US-Mexico Fulbright binational business scholar and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Race Studies from the University of Chicago.

“Lauren is a fantastic addition to our executive team – her unique background and extensive operational and logistical experience will be crucial as we scale the company rapidly in 2022 and beyond,” said Deepak Chhugani, Co-founder and CEO of Nuvocargo. “Her experience with world-class startups such as Uber and Kavak will be invaluable as we grow our team from 80 to 250+ people in the coming 12-18 months.”

“I joined Nuvocargo because of the co-founders’ strong vision to create a high performing binational team at a very exciting time in the logistics industry,” said Burdick. “In order to be successful, we need to foster a unique culture that brings in talent from logistics alongside tech and others from Mexico and across the US. These two markets are near and dear to my heart as my homeland by birth and my new home by choice. Bringing the vision requires world-class technology and world-class people. I look forward to being one of the architects making Nuvocargo’s vision a reality.”
Nuvocargo recently raised $20.5M, led by Tiger Global Management, at a $180M valuation – nearly tripling the valuation from its most recent fundraise in April 2021. This additional funding brings Nuvocargo’s total raised to date to $37.8M since its launch in late 2019. Nuvocargo will use the funds to continue accelerating growth, expanding its product solutions in the industry, and strengthening its existing carrier and shipper network on both sides of the border. It is also developing new revenue streams, starting with add-on financial products for shippers and carriers, targeting the $125B+ market for supply chain finance between the US and Mexico.

About Nuvocargo
Nuvocargo is the only all-in-one digital platform for cross-border trade offering freight forwarding, customs brokerage, cargo insurance and supply chain financing. It combines powerful technology with an exceptional team of experts to seamlessly integrate end-to-end movement of cargo in a single platform. Nuvocargo is modernizing a $2T market that has yet to experience real digitalization, empowering shippers with unparalleled visibility, efficiency and support. Run by a fully bi-lingual team, Nuvocargo’s unique position at the intersection of technology, logistics, the US and Latin America, contributes to growing revenues 30 percent month over month since beginning operations in late 2019. Nuvocargo is backed by Tiger Global, QED Investors, David Velez, NFX and the world-renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator, among others. Learn more about the Nuvo way athttps://www.nuvocargo.com/en or follow @nuvocargo.

Tattile contributes smart camera technology to Weight in Motion System on new Genova Bridge

September 09, 2020




Tattile contributes smart camera technology to Weight in Motion System on new Genova Bridge




The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genova as a major Italian strategic transport line on 14 August 2018 which caused 43 victims will remain in the memory of the Italian people. As such, it can be taken as a symbol for the strength of the Italian nation that in less than two years after the disaster the newly constructed viaduct was inaugurated in Genova on 3 August 2020. Despite the extremely ambitious construction period one lesson learned from the catastrophe was to massively invest in the static surveillance of the new infrastructure. The old viaduct was already equipped with basic motion sensors under the road deck which detected movement of the deck. However, these sensors were not able to trace back the causes of the movements.


As a consequence, the constructors of the newly erected San Giorgio Bridge in Genova decided to install a much more comprehensive system of structural monitoring which provides a constant and complete picture on what happens on and with the infrastructure. The entire structural monitoring system now includes not only sensors under the platform to detect movements. In addition, four Tattile Vega Basic cameras are mounted above the bridge to monitor the traffic flow and detect license plates. These Tattile cameras are connected to a Weight in Motion System designed by iWIM which detects and records the weight of the axles and the gross weight of the vehicles as they pass over a sensor integrated in durable steel plates installed on the road surface of the viaduct. All the data generated from the sensors and cameras is sent to a central server enabling a clear picture of what happens on the bridge at any time. By integrating Weigh in Motion technology with the combination of Tattile Vega Basic cameras on the new San Giorgio it is now possible to correlate structural deformations to the weight that weighs on the infrastructure; and to trace the weight load caused by individual vehicles crossing it. As such the combination of sensors and smart cameras acts as an early warning system and facilitates management and planning of interventions in the stability of the infrastructure as well as preserving investments such as repaving the asphalt.



Complete Coach Works Receives Contract to Conduct Mid-Life Rehabilitation Workon Long Beach Transit Buses

April 03, 2019





Complete Coach Works Receives Contract to Conduct Mid-Life Rehabilitation Work
on Long Beach Transit Buses




Riverside, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) is pleased to announce its contract award to perform mid-life rehabilitation on 72 Gillig buses for Long Beach Transit (LBT),the second largest public transit agency in Los Angeles County with 26 million annual boardings. This rehabilitation project is part of LBT’s State of Good Repair Program.



All buses will be given a complete exterior paint job with associated decals, Cummins ISL-G recon engines, new aluminum wheels, upgrades to exterior and interior lightning, upgrades to exterior mirrors, repainted driver’s area, and new decals as part of a cosmetic rehab.

“As these vehicles reach their mid-life points, the cosmetic, mechanical, and electrical restoration work will return them to like-new condition. CCW provides high-quality remanufacturing services, and we are proud that our work is ensuring the optimal performance of buses, such as those in the Long Beach Transit fleet, through their entire lifespan,” says Kevin O’Brien, General Sales Manager of Complete Coach Works.

CCW provides a range of remanufacturing, repair, and alternative fuel conversion services, recognizing that transit vehicles are expensive and valuable assets with highly sophisticated systems. CCW technicians have the specialized training, OEM qualifications, and technical equipment to properly diagnose and repair these systems and return vehicles that are ready for revenue service.


Complete Coach Works (CCW) is the largest bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company in the United States, with over 30 years in the transportation industry. A pioneer in the field of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicle technology, CCW has always worked to provide clean vehicles through innovative design and engineering, and it unveiled the world’s first remanufactured all-electric, battery-powered bus in 2012. For jobs of any size, CCW’s team of over 350 experts always provides cutting-edge products and exceptional customer service.

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

Complete Coach Works provides Cost-Effective Solution to Newly Adopted California Mandate for Mass Transit Agencies to go Electric

February 19, 2019




Complete Coach Works provides Cost-Effective Solution to Newly Adopted California Mandate for Mass Transit Agencies to go Electric





Recently, Complete Coach Works (CCW) announced it was awarded a contract by Montebello Bus Lines (MBL) for the electrification and rehabilitation of three New Flyer buses.




MBL’s decision to remove the now defunct ISE gas hybrid system and convert to Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses was a positive step toward its goal of improving the quality of public transportation for its residents and surrounding communities.


Developed exclusively by CCW, ZEPS is an integrated technology that provides customers an affordable route to eco-friendly transportation. CCW takes previously used, internal combustion engine buses and remanufactures them into like-new vehicles containing ZEPS all-electric drivetrain systems. The remanufactured ZEPS buses are rebuilt with lightweight flooring, lightweight seats, lightweight windows, and energy-efficient heating and cooling. It can integrate with any fleet and provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels meeting the needs of our clients’ green initiatives.


The process of remanufacturing will improve the service life of the bus and reduce material waste, resulting in operational savings that benefit the environment. These buses will help America in its continued leadership in clean energy and also places MBL well on its way to complying with the new regulation that will be put into effect in the near future.


According to an article published in the New York Times, California has become the first state to mandate a full shift to electric buses on public transit routes. Starting in 2023, a quarter of agencies’ acquired buses must be electric, and by 2026 that requirement will rise to half of all acquired buses. By 2029, mass transit agencies in California will only be allowed to buy buses that are fully electric under a rule adopted by the state’s powerful clean air agency.




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


No car? No problem. The GoTucson Transit app makes getting around the city as easy as 1, 2, 3. The Passport-powered app introduces 3-Day Pass option

August 24, 2018



No car? No problem. The GoTucson Transit app makes getting around the city as easy as 1, 2, 3.



The Passport-powered app introduces 3-Day Pass option





Tucson, Ariz. (Aug. 24, 2018) — Leaving home for college is a huge milestone with so much excitement to look forward to in the school year.  It’s also a time of great responsibility and independence. Students will make decisions on what classes to take, whether to work part-time and even how to spend weekends off-campus.  One decision students won’t have to consider is how to get around town.  A partnership with the City of Tucson and Passport makes moving throughout the City easy with the GoTucson Transit app.


This fall, Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for transit and parking, will introduce a 3-Day Pass into the GoTucson Transit app.  The 3-Day Pass is designed to allow families the flexibility of traveling on Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar at a discounted rate of $10. Whether families are helping students shop for last-minute items or visiting for an Arizona Wildcats football game — they have the option of commuting throughout the city on Tucson’s award-winning public transportation system.  Families will also have the option of downloading a 1-Day Pass or even a 30-Day Pass to fully experience the city’s public transit.


“We’re excited to introduce the 3-Day Pass as an option for families helping their students move in or visiting for a long weekend,” said Sun Tran General Manager Steve Spade. “Our passes will help families become better acquainted with the Tucson community and the GoTucson Transit app will allow visitors to have a convenient commute on Sun Tran and Sun Link.”


University of Arizona students are eligible for a 50 percent discount through the University. The semester fare pass is $96 per semester (normally $192) and will be available for purchase through Oct. 31. With the GoTucson Transit app students can plan, track and pay for their trip in one simple, secure app.  Upon purchase, students have immediate access to an e-ticket, avoiding queues for ticket sales.


“The GoTucson Transit app offers an easy way for students and families to get around from campus to other destinations throughout the city,” said Tom Wiese, Passport transit executive. “The app has been a part of the city’s public transportation since 2015 and it’s quite popular with students. With the new 3-Day Pass we expect students and parents to take full advantage of Tucson’s public transportation.”


Tucsonans have used the app nearly 170,000 times to buy tickets and ride the city’s transit.  The app is free to download through theApp Storeor GooglePlay. Users can also manage their transit details at https://gotucsontransit.com.  Passport also powers the city’s GoTucson Parking app. With the app, drivers can pay for and extend a parking session, as well as receive email receipts using their smartphones.


About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.


Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.




April 06, 2018



Expansion Marks A Return To Orange County For The Global Consulting Firm



Irvine, CA (April 6, 2018)— Walker Consultants, the global consulting firm, announced today that it has returned to Orange County with the opening of a new office in Irvine, California.

Walker’s new office is located at 16441 Scientific Way #100, adjacent to the Irvine Research Center, and will offer forensic restoration, building envelope, parking design and consulting, and parking and transportation planning.


“Walker is excited to be returning to Orange County,” said An Nguyen, director of business development for Walker Consultants in Los Angeles. “Walker has been very active throughout the region and we’ve completed many prominent projects. This new Irvine office will allow us to better serve our clients throughout Orange County, greater-San Diego, and the Inland Empire.”


Walker is well-known throughout Southern California, and has completed many high profile parking design, building restoration, and parking planning projects. Recent projects include the design of two new parking facilities for Hoag Hospital-Irvine, the design of the Westin Anaheim Parking Structure, a parking study for Corona Del Mar and a parking operations study for the City of Santa Ana.


For more information about Walker Consultants and the new Irvine office, please contact:


Dan Johns, Managing Principal, Walker Consultants Los Angeles (213) 488-4911, DJohns@walkerconsultants.com


An Nguyen, Director of Business Development, Walker Consultants Irvine (949) 234-6031, ANguyen@walkerconsultants.com



About Walker

Walker is a global consulting firm, with 19 domestic offices and one international office, providing Forensic Restoration, Building Envelope, Parking Design & Consulting, and Planning services across all market sectors. Walker continues to focus on developing solutions that are realistic, implementable, and cost-effective by utilizing cutting edge technology and the creativity of our outstanding people. The firm can be found online at http://www.walkerconsultants.com.


March 27, 2018







Partnership Provides Fans and Event-Goers a Simplified Way to Book Parking in Advance at Fenway Park



March 27, 2018, Chicago — ParkWhiz, the fastest and most convenient way for drivers to find, book and pay for parking spaces before reaching their destinations, today announced a partnership with the Boston Red Sox. ParkWhiz, the Official Parking App of the Boston Red Sox, will help take the pain out of parking for Red Sox fans and people attending events at Fenway by allowing them to discover and instantly book parking spaces in advance.

“We know parking is really a means to an end – the thing you have to do before watching the Red Sox win,” says Dan Roarty, president and COO of ParkWhiz. “By creating a way to easily find and reserve parking, ParkWhiz can help fans save time, effort and money that would be better spent enjoying the game.”

 “There are many advantages to having a ballpark in an urban setting but parking can certainly be a challenge,” said Red Sox Executive Vice President Troup Parkinson. “We are pleased to partner with ParkWhiz to ease the strain of finding a parking space before a game or event at Fenway Park. This is a service our fans will find useful and convenient.”

Fans attending events and games at Fenway Park will have the option to reserve and pay for parking through the ParkWhiz mobile app or through Fenway Park’s website. A leader in event parking, ParkWhiz has been helping fans get to venues across the country since 2007 and can save fans up to 50 percent off standard parking rates.

Reno A&E’s ATG Series Detectors Provide Accurate Vehicle Counts for Parking, Toll & Access Control Revenue Systems

February 27, 2018




Reno A&E’s ATG Series Detectors Provide Accurate Vehicle Counts

for Parking, Toll & Access Control Revenue Systems





PHOENIX, Ariz. (February 12, 2018) – Reno A&E (RAE), a worldwide leader in traffic, access and railway control systems, introduces the ATG Series Detectors, designed to provide accurate vehicle counts for parking, tolling and access control revenue systems.




The Model DL-ATG (Anti-Tailgating, Counting and Directional Logic) Vehicle Detectors and Model L-ATG (Anti-Tailgating and Counting) Vehicle Detectors are designed to accurately count bumper-to-bumper passenger vehicles, detect multiple vehicles entering or exiting during a single gate cycle, including tailgating vehicles. The ATG Series Detectors also provide single- or dual-lane directional counting and are able to count vehicles even if a metal object is placed in the loop area, prior to a vehicle arriving over the loop detection zone, as well as audit revenue collection at parking facilities.


To learn how Reno A&E’s ATG Series Detectors can help you avoid lost revenue, contact RAE Sales Manager Carl Zabel at carlz@renoae.com or 775-870-4499.


About Reno A&E – An ISO 9001:2015 Registered Company

Reno A&E is recognized as a worldwide developer and manufacturer of reliable high-performance products designed to enhance and augment safety monitoring for traffic, access and railway control systems. The company produces signal monitors, vehicle detectors, bicycle detectors, power supplies, flashers, load switches, flash transfer relays and other vital safety critical infrastructure devices. Reno A&E, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eberle Design Inc., is headquartered in Reno, Nev. and works with preferred resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Bomel Construction Co – Eight-Level Parking Structure Completed for Landmark Office Building in Orange County, California

January 04, 2018




Eight-Level Parking Structure Completed for Landmark Office Building in Orange County, California




Jan. 3, 2018––You won’t see a lifeguard stand or colorful beach umbrellas near this boardwalk. And a steady stream of bike riders will not be whizzing by on a bright sunny day.

The recently completed Boardwalk in Irvine, Calif., may not be surfside but it does represent the largest new office building to be constructed in Orange County in 2017, according to Colliers International, a global real estate company. And with a spacious, landscaped courtyard featuring cushioned lounge chairs, plank walkways and cabana-style meeting areas, working at The Boardwalk might just be a beach after all.

The 7.5-acre campus, at the intersection of Jamboree Road and Dupont Drive, consists of two nine-story structures forming a “T,” linked by outdoor and indoor walkways. It encompasses 540,000 square feet of office space and 5,000 square feet of space designated for restaurant and retail. The general contractor for the Class A office building was Snyder Langston. Gensler was the architect.

The property also includes an eight-level, 2,170-stall parking structure recently completed by Bomel Construction Co. for project developer Trammell Crow Co.

Matt Prince, Bomel’s project manager, said building the garage had a number of challenges, including productively sharing a construction site packed with workers and equipment while simultaneously erecting two brawny office buildings and a 670,000-square-foot, poured-in-place concrete parking structure. Prince said last year’s wet winter had crews working faster to make up for lost time. Bomel also was Snyder Langston’s subcontractor for the office buildings’ structural concrete and placing and finishing concrete on the metal decks.

“We had to contend with an exceedingly rainy winter,” Prince explained. “We had rain all the way up through May. That said, we still met our obligations and schedule to the owner.”

In addition to Prince, the Bomel team included Garret Hoffman, project engineer; John Bibbens, general superintendent and Doug Smith, formwork superintendent. International Parking Design was the architect for the parking structure.

The garage measures 464 feet by 186 feet. Pine and palm trees accent its west side. There are three entrances and exit points: on Teller, a driveway near the courtyard off Dupont and a driveway on the east side, accessible from Teller.

The focal points of the light-gray parking structure are two 94-foot-tall, glass-enclosed elevator towers on its courtyard side.



ABOUT BOMEL: Established in 1970, Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction Co. Inc. is widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in California and Nevada. Bomel-built parking structures are located at a wide range of venues, including airports, car dealerships, casinos/hotels, colleges, malls, mass transit stations, office buildings, regional retail-entertainment centers and universities. From fourth quarter 2017 to fourth quarter 2018, the company will have recently completed, be well underway or beginning the construction phase for at least 20 parking structures in California. Bomel Construction is ranked number 117 on Engineering News-Record magazine’s current list of the 600 largest specialty contractors based in the United States. In addition to its Irvine headquarters, Bomel has regional offices in Carlsbad, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit www.bomelconstruction.com or call (714) 921-1660.




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