While it appears that Mayor-elect John Cranley (D) and the new city council are poised to cancel and default on the city’s Parking Lease & Modernization deal signed five months ago, other cities are moving forward with modernizing their parking assets and bringing their parking technology into the 21st century. More from Peninsula Transportation Alternatives:
At a study session, the San Mateo City council leaned favorably toward a downtown parking plan that would vary prices based on usage, make parking in further lots cheaper and central streets more expensive; and would use parking revenues to help pay to reduce vehicle trips.
A thorough study of parking occupancy found that core on-street spaces fill up at peak times, but off-street structures and peripheral spaces have room. In addition to using pricing to incent people to use the available spaces, the study recommended using signage with branding and dynamic information as well as mobile applications to help visitors find parking and seeing how many spaces are available.