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Smart Parking Management Pilot Project: A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District Parking Demonstration


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Suggested Citation:
Shaheen, Susan A., Caroline J. Rodier, Amanda M. Eaken (2005) Smart Parking Management Pilot Project: A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District Parking Demonstration. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-05-30

This report presents early findings from an application of advanced parking technologies to maximize existing parking capacity at the Rockridge BART station, which was launched in December 2004 in the East San Francisco Bay Area. The smart parking system includes traffic sensors that count the number of vehicles entering and exiting the parking lots at the station. A reservation system allows travelers to reserve spaces by Internet, personal digital assistant (PDA), phone, and cell phone. The real-time information obtained from the sensors and the reservation system is displayed on variable message signs (VMS) (on Highway 24 leading to the station) to alert drivers of parking space availability. Before and after surveys and focus groups will be used to evaluate the travel effects, economic potential, and system technology of the field test. This report consists of three major sections:

o A literature review in which the effectiveness of different types and applications of smart parking management systems are evaluated;
o A feasibility analysis, including focus groups, surveys, and observational analyses, which guides the development and initial evaluation of the smart parking field test; and
o A smart parking project description, which includes the applied demonstration design and technology.