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SFpark named most innovative parking program in US by the International Parking Institute

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SFpark was recently named the most innovative parking program in United States in the International Parking Institute (IPI) 2013 Emerging Trends in Parking Report. IPI surveyed its membership to identify cities in the U.S. that are trend-setting and progressive in terms of their approach to parking. Founded in 1962, IPI is the world’s largest association representing parking professionals and the parking industry.

According to the report:

“The SFpark pilot project provides real-time information on parking availability and cost; reduces double parking, circling, and congestion; and improves parking ease and convenience. A high-caliber data management tool allows the [San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency] to make rate-change recommendations, supply real-time data, maintain optimum operational and contractual control, and rigorously evaluate the pilot’s various components. One of the project’s bravest steps was requiring city and government employees to pay for parking. The move was designed to bolster the program’s credibility before asking voters to consider sweeping changes in parking management.”

The INI’s top 10 most innovative parking program in US include:

1. San Francisco
2. New York/Seattle (tie)
3. Los Angeles
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Miami
7. Houston
8. Boston
8. Denver
9. Pittsburgh
10. Tampa

In addition to the innovation rankings, the survey also provided insight into smartphones, payment options, new parking business approaches, green parking solutions, and society’s affect on parking. Download the complete survey results below.