The Atlantic Cities:
"How Seattle Transformed Parking Without Spending a Fortune
Eric Jaffe. Oct 24, 2013
The most sophisticated street-parking system in the United States, and perhaps the world, is in San Francisco. SFpark uses demand-responsive pricing to adjust the rates of city street meters and garages in eight major neighborhoods, ensuring that spots are always available. The program uses a matrix of street sensors to inform drivers using the SFpark app of space vacancy and prices in real time.
Of course, not every city can get a $20 million federal grant to implement such a system, as San Francisco did. Those places seeking a more affordable model might want to look a bit north to Seattle, where the city has established SeaPark. While less technologically advanced than SFpark, the SeaPark program still responds to parking demand across the city with notable efficiency — and for a fraction of the cost.
"Seattle is really showing how cities, often with existing equipment and a little hard work, can do demand-responsive pricing," says Jay Primus, manager of SFpark. “It’s not as sophisticated, but it’s such a big step in the right direction.”
Before SeaPark went into effect, Seattle charged a flat, one-size-fits-all rate for parking in its various downtown business districts, just as many cities do across the country. But a thorough study of the parking landscape conducted a few years back showed that not every area behaved like the others. Different neighborhoods had different demands.”
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The Atlantic Cities:

"How Seattle Transformed Parking Without Spending a Fortune

Eric Jaffe. Oct 24, 2013

The most sophisticated street-parking system in the United States, and perhaps the world, is in San Francisco. SFpark uses demand-responsive pricing to adjust the rates of city street meters and garages in eight major neighborhoods, ensuring that spots are always available. The program uses a matrix of street sensors to inform drivers using the SFpark app of space vacancy and prices in real time.

Of course, not every city can get a $20 million federal grant to implement such a system, as San Francisco did. Those places seeking a more affordable model might want to look a bit north to Seattle, where the city has established SeaPark. While less technologically advanced than SFpark, the SeaPark program still responds to parking demand across the city with notable efficiency — and for a fraction of the cost.

"Seattle is really showing how cities, often with existing equipment and a little hard work, can do demand-responsive pricing," says Jay Primus, manager of SFpark. “It’s not as sophisticated, but it’s such a big step in the right direction.”

Before SeaPark went into effect, Seattle charged a flat, one-size-fits-all rate for parking in its various downtown business districts, just as many cities do across the country. But a thorough study of the parking landscape conducted a few years back showed that not every area behaved like the others. Different neighborhoods had different demands.”

Photo: Shutterstock

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