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  • Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) 2019 Annual Fall Workshop and Tradeshow

    Join PAV for our 2019 Annual Fall Workshop and Tradeshow at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Va., from October 16-18, 2019.

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — November 15, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — November 13, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — November 8, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — November 6, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Being a Superhero in your City

    Live Online Webcast: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Description: Whether it’s Superman, Spider-man or Wonder Woman, everyone loves a superhero.  Hear how you can bring this heroic task to your city by changing the parking.  Operate in a way that an administration looks for ways to keep you Read More »

  • 2018 IPI Leadership Summit

    Save the date for the 2018 IPI Leadership Summit: October 17-19, 2018 The Warwick Hotel, Denver, Colorado Registration opens May 2018 and will be limited to 100 members. For information on sponsorships, contact Rachel Yoka at yoka@parking.org.

  • Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) 2018 Annual Fall Workshop and Tradeshow

    Join PAV for our 2018 Fall Workshop and Tradeshow, held this year at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, on October 10-12, 2018.

  • Pennsylvania Parking Association (PPA) 2018 Fall Training and Golf Outing

    Join PPA for our Fall Training and Golf Outing at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA from October 4-5, 2018.

  • Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) 2018 Annual Fall Conference

    Information to come The SWPTA 2018 Annual Fall Conference will take place from September 17-19, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nev. If it’s September, it’s SWPTA time at the Golden Nugget. Come see how SWPTA holds a Conference. No more boring presentations, we make learning about parking fun. Enjoy interactive presentations Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 14, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 9, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 7, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 16, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • 2018 Pacific Intermountain Parking & Transportation Association (PIPTA) Conference & Expo

    Come join PIPTA for fun in downtown Portland, July 25-27, 2018. The annual PIPTA Conference & Expo is the Northwest region educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals. From seasoned managers to beginners, there’s something for everyone. You have the opportunity to connect with peers from around the Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Building a New Data Standard for Parking

    Live Online Webcast: FREE Overview: This webinar provides an overview of the IPI DataEx standard. We will review the purpose of the standard and how IPI is governing the creation and management of the standard. We will provide a summary of the current standards released and the plan for developing future data Read More »

  • 2018 IPI Conference & Expo

    The 2018 IPI Conference & Expo, June 3-6, Orlando, Fla., brings together more than 3,500 parking professionals from 30+ countries around the globe, representing every level of experience and segment of the parking and transportation industry. The event delivers four days of exceptional education, the largest display of parking-specific technology Read More »

  • Ohio-Michigan Conference & Trade Show

    This spring, Ohio and Michigan are joining forces to bring the best parking conference and trade show to the region for 2018. Save the date and book a room — you won’t want to miss this two day opportunity to network and learn about exciting new developments in the parking Read More »

  • 2018 Pennsylvania Parking Association (PPA) Spring Conference & Trade Show

    PPA CONFERENCE MOVES TO SPRING! SAVE THE DATE MAY 2-4, 2018 PPA SPRING CONFERENCE AND TRADESHOW SHERATON STATION SQUARE PITTSBURGH, PA Call for Presentations to follow: Deadline Dec. 8th

  • Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) 2018 Mid-Year Training

    SWPTA is coming to Park City, UT for mid-year training! Sessions this year include Customer Service & Conflict Resolution, an overview of Technology, and Hearing Examiner Training. Park City representatives will present the latest on technology and their facilities. See our schedule and descriptions below and sign up for this Read More »

  • Parking Association of Georgia (PAG) 2018 Conference

    SAVE THE DATES and PLAN TO ATTEND ! This well attended event hosts parking professionals from across Georgia and the nation. It’s a great time to meet industry experts, vendors, operators and others who are in the parking industry. Education sessions, an expo hall, and a pertinent keynote address highlight Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — April 19, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — April 17, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — April 12, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • 2018 New England Parking Council (NEPC) Annual Spring Conference & Trade Show

    Join the more than 250 parking and transportation officials who gather every year for the New England Parking Council (NEPC) Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show. In 2018, the conference heads to Providence, Rhode Island, for yet another epic show. The conference presentations focus on bringing you the latest in technology Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — April 10, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • 2018 Women in Parking Conference and Tradeshow

    Women In Parking’s Annual Spring Conference and Tradeshow will revolve around the theme of Transforming Careers Through Diversity. Come join peers in the parking industry at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Member rate $275, non-member rate $325. 6 pm Sunday, March 25, 2018 through 3 pm Monday, March Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Parking Guidance and the Journey

    Live Online Webcast: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Description: Parking Guidance and the Journey is the ninth in a series of parking-specific presentations by IPI’s Parking Technology Committee. This year’s presentation explores the various technologies available to communicate parking information to consumers during the different parts of a Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Hello, Parking! Is Anyone There? / Alô, Estacionamento! Tem Alguém Aí? (Presented in Portuguese)

    This webinar will be presented in Portuguese. Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 / Data: quinta-feira, 8 de março de 2018 Time (USA): 2:00 p.m. (EST) / Horário (Brasil): 16 horas (Horário de Brasília) Description: Technology is in the spotlight of most discussions when it comes to the future of parking, Read More »

  • Mid-South Transportation and Parking Association (MSTPA) Annual Spring Conference

    The Mid-South Transportation and Parking Association annual conference will provide you with an affordable opportunity to network with and learn from your colleagues and leaders in the industry.

  • CAPP Deadline: Complete Exam to Participate in 2018 Graduation

    Complete the CAPP examination by February 28, 2018 in order to be eligible for 2018 graduation. View exam resources here.

  • Deadline to Enter IPI’s Parking Solutions Competition — Feb. 28, 2018

    The IPI Parking Solutions Competition is a design and development challenge for college students. This competition is a chance for students to express their rendition of The Garage of the Future. IPI seeks to engage students in a challenging parking solutions exercise based on real-world scenarios. Students can submit independently or form Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — January 18, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Introduction to Parksmart

    Live Online Webcast: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Parking lies at the intersection of the two biggest drivers of CO2 emissions globally, buildings and transportation. Evolving technologies, new business opportunities and a growing consciousness regarding environmental responsibility have positioned parking to drive change in both of these areas. Parksmart, Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — January 16, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Transportation, Mobility, and an Aging Population

    Much has been researched and written about the need for housing and healthcare as the next generation ages. But there hasn’t been a lot said about that generation’s transportation needs and what they’ll need to get around, which is a huge part of aging comfortably. TransitCenter, a foundation dedicated to Read More »

  • Member News: Traffic & Safety Control Systems Inc. Joins TIBA Parking Systems’ Family of Value-Added-Resellers

    COLUMBUS, OHIO (January 12, 2018) – TIBA Parking Systems welcomes Traffic & Safety Control Systems Inc. to its’ network of value-added-resellers (VARs). Traffic & Safety has served the Michigan parking industry as a full-service Parking Revenue and Access Control Systems (PARCS) provider since 1974. Traffic & Safety Control Systems Inc. Read More »

  • Especialista en Entrenamientos Ana Hengist se une al IPI para expandir ofertas de desarrollo profesional en América del Sur y México

    Educadora ubicada en Brasil contribuye a la formación de los profesionales de estacionamiento, transporte y movilidad en portugués y español. ALEXANDRIA, Va., 10 de Enero de 2018 – El International Parking Institute (IPI) acaba de anunciar el nombramiento de la brasileña Ana Hengist como Especialista de Entrenamientos de la entidad Read More »

  • Especialista de Treinamentos, Ana Hengist se junta ao IPI para expandir ofertas de desenvolvimento profissional na América do Sul e México

    Educadora localizada no Brasil levará treinamentos a profissionais de estacionamento, transporte e mobilidade em Português e Espanhol. ALEXANDRIA, Va., 10 de Janeiro de 2018 – O International Parking Institute (IPI) acaba de anunciar a nomeação da brasileira Ana Hengist como Especialista de Treinamentos da entidade para América do Sul e Read More »

  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM Elsa and I would not have been friends. No, I don’t want to build a snowman. I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I love to look at it (preferably in my Facebook newsfeed while I am sitting on a beach far away from it). Admittedly, Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — January 11, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Member News: Propark America Announces Winpark’s New President

    Propark America announced today that Drew Riley has joined the company as the new president of Winpark Management, LLC. “Drew comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in both operations and business development,” said Propark’s Chief Executive Officer, John Schmid. “He brings a diverse skill set as Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Concludes Landmark Deal with ViaMilanoParking – Sea Milan Airports

    ParkCloud has finalised a new partnership with ViaMilanoParking – Official Milan Airport Parking part of SEA Milan Airports to make all the car parks at both Milan airports Milano Linate and Milano Malpensa available on its global parking booking platform.  The deal was agreed at ParkCloud’s Manchester headquarters in November, and means the company’s near 3 million users will be able Read More »

  • The Automated Parking Experience in Denmark

    Aarhus, Denmark, has transformed its inner harbor area into a major destination for residents and visitors during the past decade. When it became clear more parking needed to be part of the equation, planners wanted to remove cars from view and make it as easy as possible for people to Read More »

  • IPI Data Exchange Standard (IPI-DataEx) Information Session

    Our members often share the challenges they experience when expending resources to integrate new programs, systems, and applications related to data sharing. IPI seeks to reduce the effort required to connect to each other and refocus these resources on innovating new services and operations. This is why IPI has embarked Read More »

  • Corporate Training Specialist Ana Hengist Joins IPI to Expand Professional Development Offerings in South America and Mexico

    Brazil-based educator to conduct onsite training for parking, transportation and mobility professionals in Spanish and Portuguese ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 10, 2018 – The International Parking Institute (IPI) today announced that Ana Hengist from Brazil has been named the association’s Training Specialist for South America and Mexico. Hengist is a social Read More »

  • App Evolution

    By Paul Pirhofer, CAPP Parking apps, including some old familiar favorites, have dramatically improved. Customers and clients alike typically share opinions and feedback with me about apps for finding and purchasing on-and off-street parking. Without naming specific apps, some of the desirable features identified through feedback include: Mapping capability. The Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — January 9, 2018

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Saving Lives

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP I’ve recently received calls from universities across the country that are working on putting measures in place to mitigate suicides from occurring on their campus. Many of the tactics I discuss with them are in my The Parking Professional 2015 article, “Saving Lives.” I am proud Read More »

  • Need New Ideas? Ask a Student

    Ford’s F-150 pickup truck is the best selling vehicle in the U.S., and the automaker doesn’t take changes to it lightly. So when it started bouncing around ideas for a redesign, it turned to the future in more ways than one by asking students how they’d change the vehicle for Read More »

  • Monotasking in 2018

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA I almost walked into a tree while reading a newspaper article on my iPhone at night when I was walking my dog recently. The dangers of multitasking are great and I could provide tons of emergency room stats about texting accidents (while driving, of Read More »

  • Member News: NextGen Parking Awarded University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Contract

    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has awarded NextGen Parking a contract for the upgrade and addition of parking revenue control equipment for five garages on its expanded parking complex in Dallas, Texas. The $1.1 million contract standardizes all UTSW parking facilities on a common Designa ABACUS PARCS system, Read More »

  • Member News: NES Digital Garage Ventilation System Delivery 97 Percent Energy Savings at 3rd San Francisco City Garage

    Limiting Japan Center Garage’s Sizable Mechanical Ventilation System to Just 3% of Its Full-load Capacity MENLO PARK, CA, January 4, 2018 – Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) announced today its patent-pending garage-ventilation control system is cutting by more than 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year the baseline of consumable energy by Read More »

  • Artificial Intelligence

    By Christina Onesirosan Martinez I bravely volunteered to write this post on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the parking industry and my initial research took me to the first floor of our office—deep into the darkest corner of the research team’s lab. They spend hour after hour looking Read More »

  • Year in Review 2017

    2017 is over but the International Parking Institute (IPI) is just ramping up. As the largest association of parking, transportation, and mobility professionals, IPI is focused on supporting the industry’s growth and the critical role it plays around the world. Driven by tremendous member involvement, 2017 was an important year Read More »

  • Police: Don’t Call 911 About Bike Share

    Dockless bike share systems, which allow users to leave bikes anywhere in a geofenced area when they’re finished riding, are among the hottest trends in greater mobility. But residents of one Washington, D.C., neighborhood are so upset about a program near them that the police took to social media to Read More »

  • Member News: Budapest Airports Renews Contract with Parkcloud Following Stand-Out Booking Growth

    Global online parking reservation provider, ParkCloud, today announced its contract renewal with long-standing airport client, Budapest Airport, following a lucrative two-year partnership. The renewal announcement builds upon the success of the previous contract, offering passengers driving into Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport the option of reserving parking at all the airport’s on-site Read More »

  • California Enacts Law to Combat Disabled Placard Abuse

    A 2017 audit found about 26,000 active disabled parking placards issued to people age 100 or older in California. The problem is, there are only about 8,000 people that age in the state and very few are still driving. Last week, a new law went into effect that will match Read More »

  • Proactive vs. Reactive

    To ring out 2017, we’re revisiting some of our favorite blog posts from the year. New posts will start Jan. 2 and it’s a great time to submit your own! By Jason M. Jones While walking back to the office from a successful problem-solving site visit, I was stopped abruptly Read More »

  • First, Be Kind to Yourself

    To ring out 2017, we’re revisiting some of our favorite blog posts from the year. New posts will start Jan. 2 and it’s a great time to submit your own! By Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP I recently felt shame for the first time in a long time. Not your average “uncomfortableness” Read More »

  • Adapting

    To ring out 2017, we’re revisiting some of our favorite blog posts from the year. New posts will start Jan. 2 and it’s a great time to submit your own! By Bill Gavin From the moment I started my parking journey one thing was clear: I would need to adapt. Read More »

  • Parking Policy Explained: A Two-Minute Crash Course

    To ring out 2017, we’re revisiting some of our favorite blog posts from the year. New posts will start Jan. 2 and it’s a great time to submit your own! By Giuliano Mingardo Everyone who is professionally involved in our sector knows parking (policy) is a very emotional issue. Very Read More »

  • All I Want For … Is a Little Karma

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE It’s said that if you sow goodness, you reap goodness. The same can be said for karma, especially good karma where if you emit a positive attitude, provide encouragement, hope or happiness, good karma will come your way. Ed Lee, who served as San Francisco’s mayor Read More »

  • Collecting Parking

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP I have always been a collector. Growing up it was sports memorabilia. I even sold enough baseball cards to buy my first house!   As a parking professional, I have a wide assortment of parking tchotchkes (Yiddish for collectibles). Every parking collector has a parking meter, but Read More »

  • A Very Unique Tow

    Ever been tempted to hire a crane to pick up the car of that rude parking violator and plop it somewhere else? Guards at a residential property in China did just that recently, hauling the car of a belligerent driver up onto the roof of their security station, where it Read More »

  • IPI-Led Accessible Parking Coalition Formed to Address Fraudulent Use of Disabled Placards and Other Challenges Related to Accessible Parking for People with Disabilities

    Parking experts, advocacy groups for people with disabilities, state and federal agencies, and academics have formed a coalition to address a wide range of issues. (ALEXANDRIA, Va. – December 19, 2017) According to a preview of a national survey to be released in early 2018, 96 percent of responding people Read More »

  • The Parking Minimum Dilemma

    By David M. Feehan If I am the developer or owner of a shopping center, I am faced with a dilemma. What do I do about parking minimums? Of course, many municipalities are considering this issue. Recently, Buffalo became the first American city to eliminate parking minimums. Other cities are Read More »

  • Online Course: Article Quiz: Driving Positive Change in Parking, Transportation, and Mobility (1 hour)

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: In this reading-based course the reader will read articles about the Babcock Ranch community, experts ideas for sustainability in the short-term, best practices in bike share, and China’s final word on fossil-fuel automobiles. This reading should take approximately 35 minutes. Using these articles, then Read More »

  • Massive Chinese Bus Fleet Goes Electric

    Shezhen, China, will have shifted its entire fleet of 16,000 buses to electric by the end of the year, marking the first time a city has reached that goal. The city, which has more buses than New York and the next top five bus fleets in the U.S., began converting Read More »

  • Member News: The Ohio State University Selects TIBA Parking Systems & Signature Control Systems to Implement New Parking Revenue and Control System

    COLUMBUS, OHIO, December 15, 2017 – TIBA Parking Systems, in association with Signature Control Systems, has been selected by CampusParc to install a new Parking Revenue and Access Control System (PARCS) in The Ohio State University parking garages. CampusParc, operating and maintaining Ohio State’s parking system under a 50-year lease Read More »

  • The Year Ahead

    By Cindy Campbell While we haven’t yet wrapped up 2017, it’s never too soon to start considering what we will accomplish in the next year. I’ve recently been thinking about my goals for 2018. I created my annual “to do” list, and I have to admit that I’m not at Read More »

  • The Campus Parking Permit Conundrum

    By Thomas Gaffrey, IV, MBA, CAPP As a parking professional in higher education, I spend a great deal of my time thinking of ways to get students, faculty, staff, and visitors to not park on campus. This often involves a range of sustainable transportation offerings: free transit passes, a campus Read More »

  • Grit: The New Buzzword for Success

    By Rita Pagan It’s everywhere! I’ve heard this term talked about at my son’s first grade orientation, a recent leadership conference I attended, and even used on a bottle of a new hair product line. But what exactly is it and do you have it? In her TEDtalk, Angela Lee Read More »

  • A Holiday Stop Sign

    By Joseph Sciulli, CAPP One of the best gifts to give this season is a sincere smile. And an equally sincere “Thank you” and “You’re welcome.” A sincere smile is a powerful thing. It has immense power to change someone’s day for the better. But it can be hard to Read More »

  • Transit as Data

    Much has been written about the potential of autonomous vehicles to collect data that will help make streets run more smoothly and keep everyone safer. One company’s come up with a way to do that now, using existing transit systems as the collection points. Esri, a mapping data company, will Read More »

  • Member News: Control Systems, Inc. Joins TIBA Parking Systems’ Quickly Expanding Network

    COLUMBUS, OHIO, December 8, 2017 – TIBA Parking Systems welcomes Control Systems, Inc. (CSI) to its nationwide value-added-reseller (VAR) network. Headquartered in West Hartford, Connecticut since 1988, CSI is a leader in innovative design, product integration and technical equipment repair for businesses and properties from Maine to Virginia and Southern California, Read More »

  • Member News: Impark Deploys New Parking App in Canada

    VANCOUVER, B.C. (December 7, 2017): Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) announced today the deployment at parking facilities throughout Canada of hangTagTM, a new parking app.  HangTag allows parkers to conveniently locate parking facilities on a map, view lot details, get driving directions, and pay for parking without going to the Read More »

  • On Turning 50

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP I was born in November 1967. “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock had the No. 1 single. The Vietnam War was in full swing. Carl B. Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city. Read More »

  • Member News: Double Success for ParkCloud with Expansion of French Airport Network

    Global online parking reservation provider, ParkCloud, has continued the growth of its network expansion with the addition of two key French airports – Lyon–Saint Exupéry andNice Côte d’Azur. Two of Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport’s on-site parking facilities are now available through ParkCloud’s network, offering drivers using car parks P4 and P5 the Read More »

  • An Autonomous Future Today

    Imagine a community of 50,000 residents who rely on autonomous, shared vehicles for most of their day-to-day transportation needs. The cars and their homes are powered by a massive solar array during the day and natural gas at night and the entire neighborhood is built on the foundation of sustainable Read More »

  • Gear Heads Unite

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE There are motor heads, Dead heads, and even parrot heads. I consider myself a gear head, or rather a fan of the defunct British television series “Top Gear.” Top Gear due to celebrity personalities (read: tantrums) has been transformed into a new show, but essentially this Read More »

  • Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

    By Liliana Rambo, CAPP Hurricane Harvey came ashore late Friday, August 25, just north of Port Aransas, and caused historic flooding. In Houston, we prepared as much as we could but never expected such devastation. Harvey caused an estimated $75 billion of damage and it was felt throughout the city. Read More »

  • New York to Launch Affordable, Secure Bike Parking

    Bicycle commuters in New York City are about to get a more secure option for parking their bikes during the day; the city plans to open three staffed, valet bike parking stations next year. The secure 25-foot by 12-foot structures will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Read More »

  • IPI 2018 Awards Program – Deadline to Enter – Dec. 4

    Submit your entry or nomination by today to be considered for recognition at IPI 2018 Conference & Expo Awards General Session!    

  • Being Nine

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd My son is nine years old and wants to be Santa Claus when he grows up. He makes presents for Santa every year. He has a light-up Santa face in his bedroom window, as well as “Welcome Santa” signs taped all over the walls of our Read More »

  • Autonomous Vehicles or Holidays?

    By Mark Lyons, CAPP With all this talk about autonomous vehicles—you know, when will they arrive and how will it improve our lives—our minds roam. You know what I mean? Will I share a car with someone else or have my own? I know now where I place my coffee Read More »

  • Community Service for Violations

    You’re familiar with donations for citations programs but here’s a new twist: Students at Missouri State University can now work off parking fines with community service. The university’s new Bear With Me program will let students work off parking violations of $50 or less by completing two hours of community Read More »

  • Reducing Theft in Parking Facilities

    By Dan Fortinberry, CAPP As the holidays approach and parking operators start to gear up for a possible increase in automobile break-ins and thefts in their parking facilities, there are several cost-effective and long-term fixes to consider. As a former security professional, I have always viewed my subsequent careers through Read More »

  • ’Tis the Season…For Free Parking?

    Sacramento, Calif., this year joined lots of other towns and cities that offer free parking between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Some cities say the strategy encourages people to visit downtown areas and shop with small merchants in-person; others say it’s a backfiring practice that lets people leave their cars Read More »

  • Thanksgiving

    By Pierre Koudelka I wanted to take a moment to wish you and your families the happiest of holidays coming up. Be thankful for what you have, give others a helping hand, mend fences, give your loved ones an extra hug, and try and do something for our service men Read More »

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    MANAGING MUNICIPAL PARKING

    Managing Municipal Parking By Daniel Fortinberry Creating and maintaining an effective operation requires synergy in the system.   Although municipal parking operations may vary slightly and be concentrated to one or more components that make up the system, the general design usually includes a mix of on- and off-street parking and in Read More »

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    GOT LOT?

    Got Lot?  By Kim Fernandez Tap into this teen driving program and rev up community relations.  In 2008, National Hot Rod Association drag racing star Doug Herbert experienced a family tragety that put his career on a different course. Herbert’s sons, new driver Jon, 17, and James, 12, were driving to Read More »

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    Getting Connected

    Getting Connected By Mark Braibanti What changes in technology mean for parking and municipalities in the 21st century and beyond. Did you know drivers waste more than 55 hours every year looking for parking? Studies also show that up to 30 percent of traffic in urban areas is a result of Read More »

  • Member News: WGI’s Accolades and Growth for 2017 Already Exceed That of 2016

    (West Palm Beach, FL – November 21, 2017) Multi-disciplinary infrastructure and consulting firm WGI has made much of the first three quarters of 2017, exceeding all of 2016 in the expansion of its employees, services, and clients through a combination of organic year-over-year growth, and the June addition of award-winning Read More »

  • Status: Autonomous Vehicles. Mobility as a Service.

    By Tope Longe If I were to accurately fill in my status update on Facebook to reflect what’s truly on my mind, it would be a switch between “autonomous vehicles” and “mobility as a service.” The subjects have constantly been on my mind since the IPI Board of Directors meeting Read More »

  • On the Go

    On the Go Mobile payments gain momentum in the parking industry.  The parking industry has greatly evolved in recent years with the introduction of new and better technologies. Even well into the 1990s, some parking garages used cigar boxes to accept payments—consumers simply dropped cash into the box and parked Read More »

  • Battening Down

    Battening Down One way to deal with the unpredictable costs of winter weather.   Believe it or not, snow and ice are right around the corner. The volatility of the past several winters, from mild temperatures to record snowfall, has complicated the already difficult task of budgeting during the winter months. This Read More »

  • Is Parking Going to the Dogs?

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Yes, it’s true, parking is expanding with new opportunities. Parking cars? So yesterday. Parking dogs. Hip! The New York Times calls it Pooch Parking in this article about a new service that allows dog owners to house their furry friends temporarily (like when they Read More »

  • Black Friday Is Upon Us

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM If you’re a regular Parking Matters Blog reader, you already know how important parking is to retail businesses. Whether it’s on-street spaces in front of small-town storefronts or a stadium-sized lot at a shopping mall, the demand for vehicle storage spikes on one of my favorite Read More »

  • Safer Shuttles

    Safer Shuttles Do you know the rules and regulations governing shuttle operations? How to comply and minimize your risk.  T he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the governing arm concerning commercial transportation regulations, last year collected fines for shuttle infractions in excess of $33 million from different transit agencies around the U.S. Read More »

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land What happens when a seasoned parking planner becomes a frontline intern? (Hint: It’s half fabulous and half hilarious.)   You know, sometimes it’s just interesting to hear how other people perceive you. That’s how this all started—I was sitting around with some of my favorite Southwestern parking Read More »

  • Member News: ParkWhiz Wins 2017 Vega Digital Awards in Three Categories

    CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On October 30, 2017, ParkWhiz won first place at the 2017 Vega Digital Awards competition in the Best Use of GPS/Location category for its mobile app, showing extraordinary prowess in digital creativity. The on-demand parking reservation service competed against more than 1,500 submissions from 32 countries throughout the world. In addition to winning its Read More »

  • There is No Crystal Ball

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C There is no crystal ball – but there are many varied perspectives on what’s going to happen with the advent of the autonomous vehicle. Bob Lutz’s comments on CNBC recently stirred the pot. Former vice chairman of product development for General Motors, he Read More »

  • 2017 New England Parking Council (NEPC) Municipal Forum

    NEPC 2016 MUNICIPAL FORUM: MOBILITY AND ANALYTICS – Impact on Customer Experience  New England Parking Council, (NEPC), host forums and seminars year-round. These educational events allow NEPC members to showcase current projects and share challenges and solutions within the parking industry. In addition, forums and seminars provide an opportunity for members Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Data Analytics — Nov. 15, 2017

    On-Demand Webinar: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members   The IPI Parking Research Committee approached this multi-faceted project to better define the scale of our industry. What started as a daunting task has turned into a robust and inclusive data mapping exercise that has included many of IPI’s member Read More »

  • Member News: Building a Foundation for Future Parking: Conduent Exhibits at the California Public Parking Association 2017 Conference & Trade Show

    Florham Park, N.J., Nov. 14, 2017 – The automotive landscape is more connected and advanced than ever before. Surprisingly, the industry that regulates where these vehicles park has remained mostly unchanged and now runs the risk of falling behind the inevitable connected and driverless world. Conduent Incorporated, (NYSE: CNDT) the Read More »

  • Member News: Conduent Improves Parking Management and Payment Systems in the City of Santa Fe, N.M.

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Nov. 15, 2017 – Using new online services, residents and tourists in the City of Santa Fe will have an easier way to pay for parking tickets, appeal citations, and request permits. Managed by Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT), the parking management system along with new in-field technology Read More »

  • What To Do About Micro-parkers

    By Perry Eggleston, DPA, CAPP At a recent conference, I heard the term “micro-parking.” I thought this was an appropriate word encompassing drivers who stop for very short times, usually to load/unload passengers or load/drop cargo. This differs from the traditional term of parking (macro-parking?) in the sense that the Read More »

  • The Lost Art of Follow-Through

    By Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP During the past few months, I’ve experienced instances where either professional or personal connections have committed to doing something but then never followed through. While these experiences have been disappointing—and in the case of the personal instance, a bit awkward to address—I think it’s what happened Read More »

  • 2017 Annual California Public Parking Association (CPPA) Conference & Trade Show

            IPI will be hosting professional development courses, presented in conjunction with the 2017 CPPA Conference & Trade Show. Save the date! The 34rd annual CPPA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, CA on November 14-17, 2017. Pre-conference sessions and golf will take place November Read More »

  • When Your Car Takes Over Tinder

    Autonomous cars are here and driver-operated automobiles are illegal. What does that mean? What does it really mean—how will it affect our day-to-day lives? The New York Times took on that question last week with an extensive report from a team of experts who addressed different ways self-driving cars will Read More »

  • New Jersey Parking Institute (NJPI) at the 2017 League of Municipalities Conference

    New Jersey Parking Institute (NJPI) is relaunching its efforts to meet and educate parking authority professionals and municipal officials tasked with managing, operating, and enforcing on and off-street parking resources. NJPI will have an information booth #1528 at the 2017 League of Municipalities Conference.

  • Staying a Step Ahead

    By Kim Fernandez The YMCA down a block and across the street from my house hosts a popular turkey chase race every Thanksgiving morning. Parking is a big challenge and my neighborhood’s 1940s-built streets are choked with cars by 7 a.m. A few years ago, the pastor of our church, Read More »

  • Disabled Parking Cheat? Someone’s Watching

    Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Lopez published one of a series of columns on disabled parking abuse this week, calling those who illegally use the parking permits of others “inconsiderate, arrogant, and they’re everywhere.” The column focused on the reactions of drivers who get caught using disabled parking hangtags when Read More »

  • The End of Driving As We Know It?

    By David M. Feehan I like to drive. I once drove straight through from New York City to Minneapolis in 24 hours, stopping only for gas and bathroom and coffee breaks. A couple of years later, I bought a new Camaro and with a friend, made a great circle tour Read More »

  • 2018 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

    Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will come together at Greenbuild 2017 for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars. Greenbuild education sessions are eligible for continuing education credits for a number of professional credentials and organizations.

  • Planning on CAPP or APO? Save This Date: March 1, 2018

    Working on your CAPP certification and plan on taking part in graduation at the 2018 IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., next June? Are you preparing your organization for APO accreditation and want to accept your credential on the Conference stage? March 1, 2018 is the last day to take and pass the CAPP exam, Read More »

  • Enter The Parking Professional Photo Contest by December 1, 2017

    Calling all shutterbugs! Get those cameras clicking and submit your best shots to the fifth annual photo contest of The Parking Professional. Photos are accepted in five categories: Structure. Lot. Offbeat/Unusual/Funny. People in Parking. Equipment/Technology. This year’s winners will see their photos published in the magazine and the Best in Show winner Read More »

  • Not a Dirty Word: A Changing Time

    By Brett Wood, PE, CAPP A few days ago, a post by colleague and friend Larry Cohen, CAPP, got me thinking. The synthesis of his blog was that the community around him was fighting back against constructing new parking facilities. As a consultant who travels the country trying to fight Read More »

  • Ford’s New CEO on Future Cars

    Connected cars? Yes. Autonomous cars? Probably. Shared cars? Not so much. So says Ford Motor Company’s new CEO in an interview with Fast Company last week. “There’s a myth in the press that people are going to give up their vehicles,” says Jim Hackett, who was named CEO of the Read More »

  • Wisdom: On Leadership

    By Helen Sullivan, APR. Fellow PRSA I collect quotations. The wisdom of others in a short soundbite can educate, enlighten, and entertain. Having attended the IPI Leadership Summit in Jacksonville, Fla. a few weeks ago, leadership is top-of-mind for me. I hope my favorite quotations on leadership will inspire you Read More »

  • Giving Back

    By Gary Means, CAPP Have you jumped on the Parking Gives Back bandwagon? I have been honored and privileged to work with the Lexington Parking Authority, where three years ago. we rolled out our Food for Fines program that’s received much national and international coverage and PR. Many other parking Read More »

  • Tracking Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP Tracking the emergence of autonomous vehicles is filling up my inbox! Here is the latest headline from one great source, the ITS America SmartBrief: “Senate Committee Adopts Bill on Autonomous Vehicle Regulations.” The article shares a number of things: Based on a report by Reuters, Read More »

  • Changing Times and Poor Behavior

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE Don’t go changing to try and please me. — Billy Joel Actually, when things change for the good, I find this pleasing. We no longer have to wait to make a call at a bank of phones in a hotel lobby, or pay long-distance phone charges. I’m Read More »

  • Parking, New Urbanism, and Small Cities

    By Michael Cramer Small cities are on the cusp of a redevelopment boom. They offer many of the advantages of larger cities, including healthcare, sustainable living, shopping, and eating, but with lower crime rates and small-town friendliness. Bringing parking expertise into these areas will provide long-term benefits by increasing convenience Read More »

  • Preparing to Manage a Town’s Greatest Asset

    Jackson, Wyo., Mayor Pete Muldoon is looking to completely transform the way his resort town handles parking, for one reason. “Parking,” he recently told a local newspaper, “is one of the town’s greatest assets. If we were a business, we would never give it away for free and not manage Read More »

  • A New Dirty Phrase?

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP Negative public feedback (“not in my backyard”), better land use, cost, debt, planning for repurposing of old garages, is new inventory really needed, and the ongoing emphasis to reduce single-occupant vehicles (SOV) in favor of alternative forms of transportation have me wondering if all of these Read More »

  • Words of Gratitude

    By Liliana Rambo, CAPP Here are some sayings we constantly hear that have become part of our DNA—the parking geek DNA, that is: “The parking bug bit you.” “Who went to school to become a parking professional?” “We are a very tight-knit group.” “You may leave the industry but you Read More »

  • 2017 Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) Fall Workshop & Trade Show

    Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) returns to Williamsburg, Va., for its fall conference. Join PAV at Kingsmill Resort for three days of education and networking, mixed with a little colonial fun.

  • A Child’s World

    By Jason M. Jones The other day, I was reminded how innocent a child can be. While watching the evening news, a story on our current President came on and my four-year-old daughter said, “Daddy, I love our President.” When asking why, she stated “because he is our President.” I Read More »

  • Abrapark’s 6th Brazilian Parking Congress

    October 24-25, 2017 Abrapark’s 6th Brazilian Parking Congress Co-located with the Expo Parking Tradeshow and Conference Transamerica Expo Center, Santo Amaro São Paulo, Brazil

  • 2017 IPI Leadership Summit — October 23-24, 2017

    STAND UP. STAND OUT.  October 23rd to 24th. One Ocean Resort | Atlantic Beach, Fla. Attendance is limited to 100 registrants to create a signature experience. Register today for one of the few spaces left!  

  • The New Dream Home

    Jackson, Wyo., with its mountains and lakes, is a wildly popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who flock there to vacation and, in growing numbers, live. The resort town draws lots of 20-somethings who find that even after landing one of the town’s plentiful jobs, they can’t afford its high housing Read More »

  • CAPP Certification Video

    CAPP is a program of the International Parking Institute—the largest association for the parking and mobility industry—and is administered through the independent CAPP Certification Board of IPI in cooperation with the University of Virginia. Check out why you should lead with a CAPP.

  • Life Lessons

    By Kim Fernandez Tim Cotton is a sergeant with the Bangor, Maine, police department. He’s 53. His dad was a cop, his grandfather was a fire chief, and he became a cop at age 25 after trying out a career in radio. He worked crime for a long time and Read More »

  • The Evaluation Process Never Ends

    By Victor A. Hill, MPA, CAPP Technology provides a multitude of ways to enhance customer service in our industry, but new-fangled gizmos can create new issues that require adjustments to our processes. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse deployed license plate recognition (LPR) at the start of this academic year, but Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Potential Impacts of City-Level Parking Cash-Out and Transit Benefit Ordinances

    On-Demand Webcast: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members The vast majority of employers provide their employees free parking at work, which encourages employees to drive alone. Parking cash-out enables employees to choose cash instead of free, employer-provided parking, substantially reducing the rate at which people drive alone to work. Read More »

  • Measuring Customer Service

    By Dan Fortinberry, CAPP Many years before the advent of my parking career, I was charged with conducting client service visits and completing monthly client service reviews (CSRs). The CSR was a simple questionnaire that attempted to measure the effectiveness of our service delivery model by rating our service on Read More »

  • Member News: Parking Partnership Just the Ticket for Italo Passengers

    Global online parking reservation provider, ParkCloud, has agreed a partnership with Italian high-speed rail network, Italo, to offer its passengers the convenience of reserving parking before they travel. Affiliated exclusively through white label italotreno.parkcloud.com, Italo’s network of customers will be able to search, choose and book their parking across the 18 rail Read More »

  • Parking Policy Explained: A Two-Minute Crash Course

    By Giuliano Mingardo Everyone who is professionally involved in our sector knows parking (policy) is a very emotional issue. Very often, a lack of understanding of how parking works leads to very emotional debates among politicians, decision-makers, retailers, citizens, project developers, and other urban stakeholders. Should parking be free of Read More »

  • Massachusetts Cracks Down on Disabled Permit Abuse

    The Massachusetts state Senate voted to give the state’s registry of motor vehicles (RMV) more power and tools to crack down on drivers who fraudulently apply for and use parking permits for the disabled. The measure, passed by unanimous vote, would: Increase license suspensions of those who fraudulently use or Read More »

  • Submissions Open: 2018 Parking Solutions Competition | Garage of the Future

    The 2018 Parking Solutions Competition is a design and development challenge for university students. This competition is a chance for students to express their rendition of The Garage of the Future. IPI seeks to engage students in a challenging parking solutions exercise based on real-world scenarios. Students can submit independently or form Read More »

  • Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Fall Golf Outing

    Join Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) members for the Annual Fall Golf Outing on October 13. Each year the golf tournament raises funds for the MAPA Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to deserving students. MAPA Members and their family members are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards may be used for Read More »

  • Self Versus Time? Who Wins?

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd I hear many people talk about time management and that they need to manage time better. I am skeptical about this, so I researched the concept. It seems to me that we cannot manage time. There are 60 seconds in a minute no matter what you Read More »

  • Down a Different Road?

    By David Hill, CAPP, MA A few years ago, I saw Robert Kennedy, Jr., speak at the IPI Conference about “green” issues; I’m not especially green and so it was a bit of a stretch for me. But one of Kennedy’s themes stuck with me—the idea of the emerging green Read More »

  • Member News: Impark Deploys New Parking App in Vancouver, BC

    VANCOUVER, B.C. (October 11, 2017): Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) announced today the deployment at parking facilities in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of hangTagTM; a new parking app.  HangTag allows parkers to conveniently locate parking facilities on a map, view lot details, get driving directions, and pay for parking Read More »

  • More from Our Experts

    Every month, IPI’s panel of experts answers a question in The Parking Professional. Here are some great answers from the October question—for more, check out the magazine here. How should an entity planning a new parking facility think differently now than they might have 10 years ago? Dan Kupferman, CAPP Read More »

  • Member News: Park ‘N Fly Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

    ATLANTA, Feb. 28, 2017 — Park ‘N Fly, the nation’s leader in off-airport parking, celebrates 50 years of business this year. With facilities in 14 major markets, over 80 affiliate markets, and over 900 international affiliates, Park ‘N Fly offers competitive rates, convenience, and world-class service. Founded in 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri, Read More »

  • Typoglycemia?

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP A recent Kimley-Horn internal “Quality Moves” article began: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch codnutced at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a wrod are tpyed, the olny ipormetnt thing is that the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit oredr. The Read More »

  • Designing the Future Garage

    Lots is being said about designing the garage of the future, including a whole lot about adaptive reuse. But how will that work, exactly? How can today’s design be constructed so it’s really adaptable? DCM Architecture and Engineering teamed up with IPI’s Planning, Design, and Construction Committee to find out Read More »

  • Riding Lessons

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA I was a serious equestrienne for decades, training and owning horses, teaching riding, and competing in the show ring. Here are some lessons that apply beyond the barn: He/she only “talks” a good ride. This came from a book I read as a teen. Read More »

  • Ohio Workers to Get Free Transit Passes

    Parking shortage? Or transit issue? Columbus, Ohio has set to find out in an unusual way—by giving downtown workers free transit passes. The Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, a group working to improve downtown Columbus, got its 50 members—business and property owners—to buy transit passes for their employees. Workers will Read More »

  • Parking Full? Could Be the Driver’s Fault

    What if an on-street parking shortage boiled down to drivers parking badly? That’s the result of a study in the U.K. that found drivers parking so badly that nearly one-fifth of available parking goes to waste. And there’s more—the study also found that if drivers used park-assist technology rather than Read More »

  • Member News: A New Real Estate Firm Dedicated to Parking Acquisitions – Hunter City – is Launched by Robert Caplin and Peter Fisher

    Real estate investment firm Hunter City, LLC (“Hunter City”) announced on Tuesday that it has launched operations to acquire a substantial portfolio of parking assets in the United States. A team of experienced industry professionals launched Hunter City to capitalize on the evolving nature of the parking industry and its Read More »

  • Member News: New Deal Takes Off for ParkCloud and Eindhoven Airport

    Global online parking reservation provider, ParkCloud, has agreed a new partnership with Eindhoven Airport to offer its parking reservation services to the airport’s 5.7 million annual travelers. ParkCloud will offer pre-bookable onsite parking at Eindhoven Airport’s five car park sites, which are situated at various locations around the terminal, via its extensive online database.   Read More »

  • First, Be Kind to Yourself

    By Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP I recently felt shame for the first time in a long time. Not your average “uncomfortableness” but real shame. And then immediately, I was ashamed of feeling shame. Often in my work as a public involvement specialist, I receive copies of letters that are submitted to Read More »

  • Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) October 2017 Networking & Roundtable

    Free event for Parking & Transportation Professionals! WHO:    All parking & transportation professionals WHAT:  Join TPTA for a free networking mixer on October 3 at 6 pm and then join us the following day for a free informative Roundtable. WHY:  Meet colleagues, share knowledge and get plugged into the parking/transportation community! WHEN:        October Read More »

  • 2017 IPI International Parking & Mobility Conference

    October 3-4, 2017 2017 IPI International Parking & Mobility Conference Marriott Hotel Bogotá Bogotá, Colombia Learn about the IPI International Parking Conference.

  • Seven Ways to Welcome New Employees

    One-third of new hires quit within six months, says Forbes, so making new employees feel welcome and up-to-speed as quickly as possible is pivotal to long-term success. The publication’s Human Resources Council has come up with seven ways to most effectively do that: Create a welcoming environment. Respond quickly to Read More »

  • Volunteers Assist with Fraudulent Permit Crackdown

    The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in Syracuse, N.Y., made headlines this week for confiscating several hundred disabled parking permits that were being used fraudulently, largely at large public parking areas. It’s happened during a crackdown on abuse of the placards; officers say many are expired or being used by someone Read More »

  • Member News: Chengdu’s West Village is First in China to Earn Parksmart Certification for Sustainable Green Parking Design and Operation

    West Village is the first Parksmart certified project in Asia and outside of the U.S. Through Parksmart certification, West Village is supporting sustainable transportation and mobility through innovative strategies that help to improve the health and well-being of its visitors. CHENGDU – September 26, 2017 – Today, LimeTree and WE Read More »

  • Member News: Ace Parking Launches PARK FOR PINK Campaign for the Fourth Consecutive Year

    San Diego, CA – Ace Parking’s PARK FOR PINK campaign kicks off its fourth consecutive year of raising awareness and generating funds to aid in the fight against cancer. During the month of October, Ace Parking will raise donations as well as donate a portion of the company’s proceeds to reach their goal Read More »

  • What Do We Know About Technology in Parking?

    During the past several years, the use of technology has accelerated in the parking and transportation industry. As the number of cars on our roads rises and cities struggle with congestion, diminishing space, and increasing concerns over air quality, parking technology evolves to deliver solutions. With these advances come new Read More »

  • Member News: Lexington Parking Authority Partners with SpotHero to Expand Smart Transportation Offerings

    Bluegrass and bourbon better make room, because the City of Lexington’s got a new claim to fame: easy downtown parking. As the result of a recent partnership between the Lexington Parking Authority (LEXPARK) and leading online parking reservations platform SpotHero, Lexington visitors and residents can pre-book parking at LEXPARK garages Read More »

  • Member News: New Sales Leadership at SpotHero: Matt Sullivan and Nicole Wylie

    Matt Sullivan – formerly SpotHero’s General Manager for the Central region – has recently assumed a new role as Head of Supply, senior-most leader of the company’s sales organization. In this position, Matt will lead a variety of initiatives that focus on providing parking professionals with the mobile technology and Read More »

  • A Hurricane Idea

    By Michael Cramer A natural disaster is a hard thing to describe until you live through one and are personally affected. During Harvey, my house flooded as did the houses of my mother and my sister. My house sits higher than my mother’s and sister’s, but I had about two Read More »

  • New England Parking Council (NEPC) Annual University Forum

    Just announced! Details coming soon. Visit this page for more information.

  • 2017 Pennsylvania Parking Association (PPA) Fall Conference & Trade Show

    Join the Pennsylvania Parking Association Annual (PPA) for 3 days of parking education, exhibits, networking, golf and fun in Erie, Pa., on September 27-29, 2017.

  • Technology, Cities, and Adapting

    Technology such as autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, vehicle data connectivity, ride-sharing technologies, and others are going to transform cities, helping cut the costs of traffic congestion, accidents, and air pollution, wrote the Harvard Business Review last week. And while that’s all good on paper, the way cities manage these technologies Read More »

  • You’re Worth It

    By Cindy Campbell I read an interesting statement in an online forum recently: “You know when you order a new item off the menu and you don’t really like it but you keep eating it—and every bite, you’re like, ‘Nope this is awful but I already committed to it’? Yeah, Read More »

  • New Parking Technology Glossary Released

    IPI and British Parking Association’s Technology Glossary for Parking ProfessionalsIPI and the British Parking Association (BPA) have released the Technology Glossary for Parking Professionals in the UK, the result of a collaboration between the two associations. The new glossary defines parking technology terms to help industry professionals better communicate with Read More »

  • London Denies Uber’s License to Operate

    Transport for London this morning denied Uber’s license renewal request, saying the company is “not fit and proper” to continue operating in the city. Uber responded that it would challenge the decision. The ridesharing company says it has 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million users in London, where its current license Read More »

  • Parking Association of Georgia (PAG) Fall Symposium

    PAG Fall Symposium – Shared Mobility and Parking in the Smart City THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 1:30PM  5:30PM EMORY UNIVERSITY (MAP) It has taken a while but technology has started to catch up with the parking industry. From GPS based direction to on and off street spaces, to reservations systems to payment Read More »

  • BPA-IPI Technology Glossary for Parking Professionals (First Edition 2017)

    IPI and British Parking Association’s Technology Glossary for Parking Professionals During the past several years, the use of technology has accelerated in the parking and transportation industry. With these advances come new terms and changes to some definitions of terms we thought we knew. This glossary will help you better Read More »

  • Getting Parking Right

    By Dan Fortinberry, CAPP With the direct correlation of an efficient parking operation on successful economic development, customer experience, and business growth, it only makes sense that those in charge of parking systems, whether managed by a city department, parking authority, or private operator, must continually work toward getting parking Read More »

  • Member News: Ace Parking Selected to Operate New Muir Woods Reservation System

    San Diego, CA – Ace Parking, a privately-held, nationwide operational and innovation specialist of parking services, has recently been selected by the National Park Service to operate the new Muir Woods Reservation System and to manage onsite parking at the Muir Woods National Monument. Ace Parking will be responsible for implementing Read More »

  • Ditching the Myth with Pride

    By Tope Longe  An unplanned change in my career—same organization, change in department and role. All my friends and family knew I had taken on a new role with added managerial responsibilities. I was a couple of years into it before they found out what I do. How could I Read More »

  • 2017 Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Summit at the European Parking Association

    Established by IPI in 2012, Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) is a group of parking association leaders from around the world. They meet annually at the GPALs Summit. The European Parking Association (EPA) Congress will host the 2017 GPALs Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The meeting discusses the perspectives and challenges Read More »

  • The Equifax Breach: Now What?

    By Mark A. Vergenes Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, recently announced a massive data security breach that exposed the vital personal identification data of roughly 55 percent of Americans age 18 and older. This data breach was especially egregious because the company reportedly waited roughly six Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Partners with Blue Panorama Airlines

    Italian airline, Blue Panorama, has chosen to expand its ancillary offerings, working with global online parking reservation provider, ParkCloud, to provide its customers with online parking reservation services.    With an enthusiasm for new challenges, Blue Panorama is always ahead of the curve, often predicting and developing new market trends. Read More »

  • Improving Business, Greening Parking

    There’s a move afoot in Knoxville, Tenn., to both make the city greener and help small businesses succeed. Last week, the conversation turned to parking. The city council voted to update its parking ordinance on first reading, to reduce parking space minimums required in commercial areas, cap the maximum number Read More »

  • Member News: High Concrete Group and AECOM Tishman Host “Topping Off” at Verizon

    September 13, 2017 Celebrates precast parking garage for Basking Ridge HQ expansion BASKING RIDGE, N.J.—High Concrete Group LLC celebrated the structural completion of a new 246,906 square foot parking garage for Verizon’s Basking Ridge headquarters. The four-story precast concrete structure will provide an additional 755 parking spaces for employees and Read More »

  • Arms, Legs, iPhone?

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP In terms of anatomy, when we hear “limbs,” we think of our arms and legs. I would submit that most of us now have an added appendage—our smartphone. A couple days ago, I was responsible for the setup of a meeting taking place nearly a Read More »

  • Celebrate Park(ing) Day 2017 with IPI

    Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event. Dreamed up by San Francisco art group Rebar, the movement turns metered parking spots into temporary public parks. From green spaces to golf courses, it’s a day and space in which to get creative (check out five ways to reimagine a parking space Read More »

  • Escalating Hostility

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP I’ve been in the parking business a long time and have pretty much seen it all, but a new day always brings a new experience. When it comes to paying for parking or paying for a citation, people’s normal reactions go out the door. I’m sure Read More »

  • Lessons from Irma

    By Roamy R. Valera, CAPP Irma was the scariest storm South Florida has faced since Hurricane Andrew. Our family is blessed the eye wall missed us by 90 miles. I received a text from a friend suggesting I scratch major hurricanes from the bucket list; I replied that I’d done Read More »

  • 2017 Cleveland Clinic Parking Symposium

    2017 Cleveland Clinic Parking Symposium The patient experience begins before the patient enters the doors of your medical center. It starts with their parking experience and this experience sets the tone for the rest of their visit. Parking associates are also the last people who interact with patients and visitors Read More »

  • Behind the Eyes of Autonomous Vehicles

    David Hall looks pretty unremarkable in the photos—blonde hair, rumpled shirt, nondescript khaki pants. If you passed him on the street, you’d probably just pass without a second thought. But Hall, CEO of Velodyne, is playing a huge role in what many believe will be the next chapter of the Read More »

  • USDOT Launches 2017 TIGER Grants

    Did you envision a new project that would have a significant effect on the country or a specific metropolitan area or region? Would it improve access to transportation, improve infrastructure, or facilitate economic growth in a rural area? The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) this week launched its 2017 Transportation Read More »

  • 2017 Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) Annual Fall Conference

    Join the Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) for its annual Fall Conference on September 11-13, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada! Save the date–registration opening soon.

  • The More You Know

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd “The More You Know” campaign is a series of public service announcements broadcast on NBC. I have found this campaign slogan to be more true than most. Faced with a new situation or challenge, it is best to confront it with gusto. The more you know, Read More »

  • Work Rules: Meaning, Trust, Transparency, Voice, Repeat.

    By Rita Pagan I recently attended the Global Leadership Summit—a virtual event held at locations around the world. The speakers were industry leaders and the content was rejuvenating. This is the kind of event that leaves you with many professional and personal takeaways, and you need three Advil and an Read More »

  • A Parking Pro Becomes City Manager: Meet Howard Chan

    Thriving cities need managers who can juggle, stay organized, negotiate like masters, and get along with everybody else—city officials and employees, special-interest groups, the media, and the public. So what’s a city to do when it needs a new manager? It turns to a parking professional. That’s exactly what Sacramento, Read More »

  • How the Internet Began in a Parking Garage

    By Jeff Petry The entrepreneurial spirit thrives in the parking-garage-start-up culture of innovation. Apple was started in the garage of Steve Jobs’s childhood home. Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) was started in the home garage of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. Biotech company Invitrogen was started in a garage in Encinitas, Calif. Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Bolsters Network Coverage and Celebrates Expansion into New Markets

    ParkCloud has significantly expanded its global network coverage with the appointment of 17 new locations across six countries, including breaking into two new countries – Luxembourg and New Zealand. Adding to its extensive airport parking portfolio, ParkCloud is now able to offer its online parking reservation services to customers travelling Read More »

  • Harvey

    We at IPI have been quite relieved to hear from many of our industry friends in and around Houston this week, letting us know they’re safe. Watching the news has been difficult. Harvey left unthinkable devastation in its wake. But there are heartwarming stories, too—lots of them—that prove the graciousness Read More »

  • Member News: Premium Parking Welcomes Brent Paxton

    Announcing Brent Paxton Premium Parking is pleased to announce the appointment of Brent Paxton as Chief Business Development Officer. Brent has over 25 years of experience in parking and real estate management, and currently sits on the International Parking Institute’s Board of Directors. Premium Parking is a leading parking services Read More »

  • Putting the Park in Park(ing) Day

    Nothing brings parking professionals together quite like a day dedicated to — what else! — parking. Park(ing) Day — the annual worldwide experiment that transforms on-street parking spaces into temporary parks — falls on September 15 this year. From lawn games to coffee bars to yoga relays, there are endless Read More »

  • Member News: NES Digital Garage Ventilation System Achieves 96 Percent Energy Savings at 2nd San Francisco City Garage

    Energy Consumed by Sutter Stockton Garage’s Sizable Ventilation System Limited to Just 4% of Its Full-load Capacity MENLO PARK, CA, August 30, 2017 – Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) announced today its innovative garage-ventilation control system is capturing a 96% reduction in the energy consumed by a sizeable mechanical ventilation system Read More »

  • Off-Campus Parkers have Campus Neighbors Seeing Red

    The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) is fighting a not-uncommon challenge this school semester: Students are parking lots of cars in neighborhoods around campus instead of using on-campus options, angering local residents who say their streets are clogged as a result. The university built a new parking garage this Read More »

  • Setting the Tone

    By Andy Mach If you’re like me, you understand the raised eyebrow you get when you tell people that you’re in the parking industry. What does that mean? A parking lot attendant? The parking lot attendant is just one of many parts in the overall parking experience, and many people Read More »

  • Local Agencies and Mobility as a Service

    Mobility as a Service—a relatively new phrase that envelopes everything parking with everything transportation and mobility into packages offered by urban areas and municipalities—has a lot of people talking. What will autonomous vehicles do? What about increasing use of rideshare services, bikeshare programs, and mass transit? StateTech takes a look Read More »

  • Anything But a Blank Space

    By Kim Fernandez Truth: There is no fury like the angst of a teenage girl when Taylor Swift goes dark and cryptic on social media. Corollary: I’m almost out of Aleve. The start of school was pushed back a week in Maryland this year and I’d been wondering what my Read More »

  • We Are All Ambassadors

    By Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP This is one of the tensest times that I can remember. Regardless of your political, religious, or philosophical affiliation, across the country and across the world, the news seems to go from bad to worse every time I pick up my phone. The question I’ve been Read More »

  • Cruising for Parking? The Picture is Changing

    Conventional wisdom says 30 percent of city traffic is made up of drivers cruising for parking. A recent study by students at the University of Washington found it may be a bigger percentage, at least in Seattle. There, they found, 35 percent of traffic is made up of cruisers. But Read More »

  • Autonomous Vehicles and Parking Revenues

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I have been doing a great deal of research into the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles in the past few months, but a recent article caught my attention. The article in Governing magazine is titled, “How Driverless Cars Could Be a Big Problem for Cities.” Read More »

  • Seven Ways to Guarantee a Great Presentation

    It’s industry presentation submission time! Author and speaker Stephen Key recently offered his seven top tips to make public speakers out of almost anyone—even if you’re among the majority of people who fear large presentations. Professional presenting, after all, is among the best ways to help advance the industry and Read More »

  • SWPTA Webinar: Northern Arizona University Transit Case Study

    Join peers as we share our campus transit bumps in the road and lessons learned. Topics include, but are not limited to, training, employing student drivers, accident review and technology. The journey will be guided by campus transit professionals from east coast to west. SPEAKERS: Erin Suzanne Stam, Director of Read More »

  • Customer Loyalty Programs: What Message Are You Sending?

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM I’m sure we all have a few customer loyalty cards in our wallets or if you’re like me, stored digitally on an app called KeyRing. I have a myriad of them where I rack up miles or points that translate into discounts/rebates, special promo pricing, or Read More »

  • Detailed or Visionary?

    By Mark Lyons, CAPP In managing your facilities or company, do you focus on managing details so the small things don’t become the big things? Or do you remain elevated at a visionary level? Author of the book Vertigo, W.G. Sebald proposed the notion that, “Tiny details imperceptible to us Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 17, 2017

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • 2017 Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Nationals Parking and Baseball

    Join Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) members and sponsors at Washington National Stadium for Parking and Baseball, August 16th at 11:30 am. Registration includes tickets, lunch and our sponsors will offer power pitches on their products and services. Afterwards cheer on the Nationals to win! Education, networking and fun at a Read More »

  • Future-Proofing

    If only we had a crystal ball. The future of parking, transportation, and mobility looks incredibly bright but details difficult to predict with so much changing all at once. Peter Merwin, who heads up mixed-use for Gensler, thinks parking will look very different in an age of autonomous vehicles and Read More »

  • Are You a Better Customer?

    By Marlene Cramer, CAPP I recently passed by our Transportation and Parking Reception Center and heard a student employee say, “Wow, that customer just gave me a compliment. That NEVER happens!” The employee went on to comment that since she has worked for parking services, she has become a better Read More »

  • New England Parking Council (NEPC) Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    This is our chance as the New England Parking Council to give back to our community. Each year, NEPC picks a charity that will benefit from the proceeds of the golf tournament. This year’s tournament benefits a charity for Crohn’s Disease. More than 100 golfers gather every year to support Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 15, 2017

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Member News: Hörmann Acquires TNR Industrial Doors, Inc.—Expanding Business in America and Beyond

    Burgettstown, PA – Hörmann, headquartered in Germany, announced the purchase of TNR Industrial Doors, Inc. located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The acquisition reinforces Hörmann’s strong worldwide growth to 28 manufacturing facilities, totaling four integrations since 2006 in America: the purchase of GADCO, Montgomery, IL, in 2006 (now called Hörmann LLC); Read More »

  • Driverless? Or Dress-Up?

    A seemingly driverless van caught the rapt attention of much of Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago. But in the end, a guy disguised as the van’s seat was actually driving it, and it was all about the attention (in a good way…sort of). The guy playing dress-up as a Read More »

  • Simple Anti-Stress Tricks

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Gather ‘round ye who are under stress—and who isn’t? I just discovered a life-changing way to rethink your approach to stress that will reduce its negative impacts on your health. Turns out that if you think stress is going to kill you, it just Read More »

  • Member News: EasyPark to Host “Forget the Fine” Community Food Drive

    EasyPark will accept food donations to pay parking citations. Anchorage, AK – August 9, 2017 From August 14 – September 15, 2017, EasyPark will accept food donations in lieu of payment for parking citations as part of a community food drive effort with Food Bank of Alaska, who provides food Read More »

  • Invest in People; Invest in Operations

    Think professional development for employees is too expensive? An Inc. contributor says you’re thinking about it all wrong and that investing in classes and training for employees is among the best investments a business can make. To prove it, Andy Lothian, Scotland’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year, recently offered up Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 10, 2017

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • Employee Appreciation Can Yield Unexpected Benefits

    By David Feehan I recently took my wife to lunch at a popular restaurant in downtown Silver Spring, Md. This restaurant has “eggs” in its name and my wife had a taste for steak and eggs. The menu had a steak item but not a steak and eggs item and Read More »

  • Become a Parking Videographer

    By Victor A. Hill, MPA, CAPP Videos can help educate customers about your services and editing software makes it easier than ever to produce simple, effective videos you can share on your website and through social media. We created four videos to better explain our pay stations, smartphone app, and Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — August 8, 2017

    Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required to earn this valuable Read More »

  • The Latest on Airport Parking Trends

    What effects are services such as Uber and Lyft having on airport parking? What are revenues doing given new travel mode trends? And which parking services and amenities are airports embracing to make customer experiences more positive and bump up the bottom line? The Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and Read More »

  • A New Tool for Parking Professionals

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE It’s been more than two months since the May 22 bombing near the exit of the Manchester Arena in England. This horrific attack occurred at the end of a concert attended largely by children. Nearly every day, a concert, ballgame, or event is held in one of Read More »

  • Lifetime Learning

    By Sean Doran Continued education through the workplace is something I have learned to love. A formal education is nice, but I didn’t get the opportunity to pursue higher education after high school so I’ve always tried to learn something or take something away from every job. I started working Read More »

  • Discovering Joy and Purpose

    Get up, pour coffee, workout, shower, go to work. Go home, make dinner, clean up, watch TV, go to bed. Repeat. Lots of people find themselves in this cycle, working to make ends meet and counting months and years until retirement. The luckier—and sometimes smarter— find ways to connect with Read More »

  • A Place to Call Home

    By Jason M. Jones During 18 years of my parking and transportation career, I haven’t had an opportunity to call an office home. I started as a consultant for the state police and department of transportation, making recommendations about managing traffic and response during incidents and emergencies. Every day was Read More »

  • ACI/IPI Parking Survey Results

    Prepared for Airports Council International-North America and International Parking Institute 2016 ACI/IPI Parking Survey Results

  • Insta-what?

    Parking organizations are embracing social media for its marketing promise but one platform that remains a bit of a mystery is Instagram. Online business news magazine Inc., recently ran five ways to monetize the photo-driven platform for effective marketing: Create brand ambassadors. Listen and branch out. Use video (but skip Read More »

  • Member News: Jacob Gonzalez, PE Joins WGI’s Carl Walker Division in Texas

    (HOUSTON, TX – July 27, 2017) WGI is pleased to announce that Jacob Gonzalez, PE joined the firm’s Parking Solutions Division in its new partner, Carl Walker, a division of WGI. Jacob, as Vice President-Parking Solutions, will remain in Houston, leveraging contacts and experience accumulated during an almost 20-year career Read More »

  • Service Recovery After a Failure

    By Cindy Campbell Let’s face it: Poor service will occasionally happen. That’s a reality. We work in an industry that can suffer from both real and perceived service failures. A service failure can be defined as any service performance that fails to meet a customer’s expectations. While we cannot always Read More »

  • Parking Services with a Final Intent in Mind

    By Thomas Hartley As I sat around the table after entering the university community, I wondered where my contemporaries in higher education stood in their approach to their customers (students in this case). Did they see them as I did–as an institution’s most vital asset requiring anticipation of needs, focus, Read More »

  • Acceleration Through Engagement

    By Brett Wood, PE, CAPP I got into parking about 10 years ago by mishap—somebody at my company engaged me in a parking study. I realized parking was the career path I wanted to follow when I was accepted to present at the IPI Conference about one of my early Read More »

  • Member News: Frogparking Drives North American Growth with New United States Sales Team

    Parking technology firm Frogparking has appointed two new senior sales executives to lead its ongoing expansion into the United States off the back of a multi-million investment. The New Zealand-based firm, a pioneer of cloud-based parking management solutions, has recruited Grant Johnson, a senior sales consultant in the parking industry Read More »

  • The 5 Ps, or Prepare for Football Season!

    By Mark Lyons, CAPP I was privileged once to see the great college football coach Lou Holtz speak at an engagement where he talked about the importance of the 5 Ps: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. He spoke about the struggles of meeting high expectations in the college football arena Read More »

  • Parking, Mobility Play into Detroit Downtown Perceptions

    The Downtown Detroit Partnership surveyed 4,000 residents about their perceptions of the downtown area and—no surprise to IPI members—parking and mobility options played a big role in the results, released last week. While most residents said they felt safe downtown, they also said there was room for improvement in on-street Read More »

  • Parklets, Eh?

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP My first encounter with a parklet was in Raleigh, N.C. I still carry a business card in my notebook that explains, “A parklet is a way to extend the sidewalk, creating a public space for people to sit and relax in an urban area. Parklets Read More »

  • Avoiding Cyberattacks in Parking

    By Erik Nelson, PCIP Cybersecurity is a topic-du-jour and you may be thinking “I’m PCI-compliant, so I’m in good shape!” There is a lot more to good information security than meeting PCI standards and protecting credit cards. As recent ransomware attacks have shown, if data has value to someone, hackers Read More »

  • Member News: Diablo Controls Introduces the DSP-13 TRIAD Detection System

    The newly designed TRIAD system can be installed using a single saw cut and a single 1” core hole. The sensor s potted in epoxy to provide durability and small enough that it can be placed right in the cored hole. Using a three axis sensor eliminates any concerns about Read More »

  • Online Course: Parksmart: An Introduction to Certifying Parking Structures

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: This course will introduce the complex relationships among parking, transportation, and sustainability, culminating in the certification of parking structures by exploring the measures described in the Parksmart Certification Standard. Objectives: Identify the relationship between parking, transportation, and sustainability which culminates in the certification of Read More »

  • Member News: City of Santa Cruz PARCS contract awarded to Amano McGann

    July 19, 2017– Santa Cruz, California – The City of Santa Cruz has selected Amano McGann to replace their Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS). The project consists of 18 lanes with installation scheduled to begin this fall. Amano McGann’s OPUSeries entry terminals, exit terminals, pay-on-foot stations and point-of-sale Read More »

  • Growth, Opportunity, and Success

    Roamy Valera, CAPP, credits his reputation as an industry leader, savvy businessman, and visionary, at least in part, to having worked his way up the parking ladder. IPI’s new chair got his start as a parking enforcement officer and quickly saw the potential of turning his job into a career. Read More »

  • The Suburban Free Parking Conundrum

    By David M. Feehan As suburban areas seek to become more urbanized, the question of whether to charge for parking has become more difficult and conflicted. I’m working with two suburban business districts in the Washington-Baltimore area, and both have for decades offered customers free parking. Now, as each seeks Read More »

  • Member News: T2 Systems Buys ParkingSoft

    Indianapolis, IN, July 17, 2017 — T2 Systems, a provider of the industry’s most comprehensive suite of parking solutions, today announced it has acquired ParkingSoft. ParkingSoft provides cloud-based software enabled PARCS (Parking Access Revenue Control Systems), valet and events products with state-of-the-art features such as barcode and LPR. Based in Read More »

  • Member News: EMX Industries Offers Increased Protection for UL325 Monitored Photoeye

    EMX now offers a protective hood for our popular UL325 retroreflective photoeye. The new hood for the IRB-RET is designed to protect against the elements, including rain, fog, sleet and snow. The hood also prevents damage from accidental contact by vehicles and industrial equipment. The IRB-RET-HD is constructed of zinc Read More »

  • Got Modes? You’re Probably Healthier

    Multi-modal transportation and cities that encourage it through smart design and offering several choices of getting-around methods are greener and seemingly the wave of the future, but it turns out that they also make us healthier. A study released last week found that people in metro areas with lots of Read More »

  • Member News: All Traffic Solutions Launches Speed Displays with Audible Alerts for School Zones

    SmartZone for Schools alerts students and speeding drivers to avoid accidents and save lives July 14, 2017, Herndon, VA — All Traffic Solutions, the innovation leader in cloud-based traffic management solutions for law enforcement, intelligent transportation and smart cities announces the launch of SmartZone for Schools, the first and only Read More »

  • Sprechen Zie Parking?

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C Everyone knows what a parking space is, right? And everyone knows what it means to pay for parking—in essence, a price or rate. But did you know that individual agencies and companies may define a “space” differently? There are very precise, and often Read More »

  • Welcome Back to Parking … Creative Ways to Welcome Students Back to Parking

    College and university parking organizations dream up creative ways to welcome students back to school and find it’s well worth the effort. Remember when you went to college? After moving into the dorm and spending a small fortune on books, you probably had the not-so-pleasant experience of waiting in a Read More »

  • Member News: Prominent Parking Executive Mike Drow Joins T2 Systems as SVP, Corporate Development

    Indianapolis, IN, July 13, 2017 — T2 Systems, a provider of the industry’s most comprehensive suite of parking solutions, has named Mike Drow as its new SVP, Corporate Development. In this newly created role, Drow will assist in accelerating T2’s plans for acquiring technology companies and establishing and managing technology Read More »

  • Real Progress in the Search for Parking

    Someone probably slid it across your desk yesterday: A new study by INRIX found drivers still spend a lot of time searching for parking and paying for parking they don’t necessarily use. But what the news stories didn’t say is how much progress is being made by the parking and Read More »

  • Introducing IPI-DataEx – Free, Online Meeting

    Our members often share the challenges they experience when expending resources to integrate new programs, systems, and applications related to data sharing. IPI seeks to reduce the effort required to connect to each other and refocus these resources on innovating new services and operations. This is why IPI has embarked Read More »

  • Adapting

    By Bill Gavin From the moment I started my parking journey one thing was clear: I would need to adapt. I am from Chicago and the day I moved to Houston to work for Winpark, my adaptability was put to the test. As I was moving my things from the Read More »

  • 2017 Pacific Intermountain Parking Transportation Association (PIPTA) Conference

    The 2017 PIPTA Conference & Expo, July 12 – July 14, Tacoma, Washington, is the Northwest region educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals. From seasoned managers to beginners, there’s something for everyone. You have the opportunity to connect with peers from around the region. Expand your network, Read More »

  • Are You Keeping Top Talent Engaged?

    By Vicki Pero, SPHR The Gallup organization recently released their latest State of the American Workforce Report, and a shocking 21 percent of employees who participated strongly agree their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work. It can be especially challenging to keep top-performing Read More »

  • IPI TV, Radio, and Print Public Service Ads Seek to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Parked Cars

    Parking Safety Matters campaign reminds drivers not to leave children in sweltering back seats this summer. On average, a child dies from heatstroke in the back seat of a parked car every 10 days, and the death toll typically rises to two per week from May to September. Sixteen children Read More »

  • A Parking Study with an Edge

    The City of Pittsburg, Kan., will soon have the results of a new parking study, but it’s not your average parking study. This one’s being done by MBA students at Pittsburg State University, and some say that gives it a little bit of an edge. The students conducted an online Read More »

  • The Dog Days

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd We are all professionals and work 12 months of the year. But why do we have to work in the summer months? This is especially difficult when you live somewhere it is dark, cold, and snowy more than is it bright, warm, and sunny! Aaah, summer. Read More »

  • Networking: Are You Doing it Right?

    Extroverts find networking with strangers a joy, while the thought of it strikes dread into the hearts of introverts around the world. But one expert says there’s a way to both overcome the fear and ensure your networking efforts don’t go to waste—and even the extroverts are likely doing it Read More »

  • You Heard Him: The Toughest Job on Campus

    By Josh Cantor As I’ve written about before, we at George Mason University just outside Washington, D.C., get our share of high-profile visitors, including presidents, vice presidents, U.S. Supreme Court justices, senators, candidates, and foreign heads of state. In late April, former Vice President Joe Biden visited us as part Read More »

  • Private Parking Meters Appear in Tourist Town

    Annapolis, Md., is known for its quaint waterfront, outstanding dining and shopping, and sometimes, its lack of obvious, available parking options. Now, some owners of private lots are installing parking meters for visitors to use after business hours and on weekends, when the businesses are closed and the lots can Read More »

  • What do Apple, Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, Tesla, Cisco, Siemens, and Uber Have in Common?

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM Ever find yourself in a career rut? You go to work, you accomplish the task, you meet the budget goals, but are you passionate about your industry? I’ve read the articles that talk about Google being the best place to work. They elaborate on the creative Read More »

  • South Korea Embraces the Hyperloop

    Lots is being said about the future of urban transportation and now another country has jumped in to start building a new infrastructure to fulfill its vision. South Korea has partnered with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to build a hyperloop, super-fast train system that’s projected to cut a three-hour car commute Read More »

  • Moving the Needle on Commute Mode through Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

    FREE Offering sustainable transportation options to students and staff is the easy part. What more can you do to foster improvements in sustainable commute mode share? Transportation demand management (TDM) professionals from Stanford University, Cornell University, and University of South Florida will discuss current topics to improve the performance of Read More »

  • A Different Take on Diversity in Parking

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I recently read “The Role of Minority Executives in the Parking Industry” in The Parking Professional. Author Raymond Mensah, CAPP, says, “Research has shown that diversity in the workplace drives innovation, makes recruitment easier, avoids high turnover, captures more of the market, increases adaptability, provides Read More »

  • The Future of Driving: A Picture

    What’s the future of driving? That is, as they say, the $50 million question. Ohio University put together a handy infographic with some of the details. Among their findings: 61 percent of current drivers want at least some semi-autonomous features in their next cars. Lane departure warning systems top their Read More »

  • Member News: WGI Structures Continued Growth; Firm Acquires Carl Walker, Inc.

    Media Contact: Kelly Owens ko@alchemycommgroup.com WGI Structures Continued Growth; Firm Acquires Carl Walker, Inc.  West Palm Beach, FL – June 26, 2017 – Design, planning, and surveying firm WGI is pleased to announce it joined forces with award-winning parking consulting and structural engineering provider Carl Walker, Inc. (Carl Walker). The Read More »

  • University of Michigan Goes Driverless

    University of Michigan North Campus students will ride on driverless shuttles this fall as part of the Mcity public-private partnership to advance mobility and related technologies. The fully-automated, 15-passenger, electric shuttles will run on a two-mile route around campus, guided by a lidar system that uses laser beams to build Read More »

  • Win-Win: Donations for Citations

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Whether you call them Food for Fines or Donations for Citations* programs, the concept of creating an annual event where people can pay off tickets in a way that benefits communities is a win-win. The charity recipient benefits, those with citations feel good paying Read More »

  • Member News: A Successful IPI Show for Crane Payment Innovations Also Benefits New Orleans Charity

    Media Contact: Andrew McArdle Booker Transport@CranePI.com MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA – June 21, 2017 – Crane Payment Innovations (CPI), a Crane Co. Company, successfully ran a promotion during this year’s IPI Parking Show in New Orleans encouraging visitors to experience for themselves the superior user proposition delivered by the SCR Advance bank Read More »

  • Ready for the Blockchain?

    The key to shared mobility, writes Fast Company, may be the blockchain. What the heck is that? It’s a decentralized ledger shared by thousands of computers that tracks transactions in blocks. Every transaction creates a block that links to the block before and after it, and all changes are recorded Read More »

  • Ralph Kramden Would Have Loved Parking

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE I’ve always been intrigued by the phrase, “a busman’s holiday,” which typically relates to someone spending their day off doing something very similar to his or her normal workday, like a bus driver on his holiday riding along with a friend on a bus. I used Read More »

  • Free Webinar: Town/Gown – Building a Successful TDM Relationship Between Your Campus and Your Community

    This free webinar is being brought to you by the Association for Commuter Transportation’s University Council. Meet Our Presenters JC Porter, CAPP Assistant Director, Commuter Services Arizona State University Parking & Transit Services Gary Cremeens Project Associate II, Transportation Services Cornell University Don Bryson, PE Principal, VHB This webinar will Read More »

  • Online Learning Discount for 2017 IPI Conference & Expo Attendees

    For a limited time, attendees of the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, La., can save 20 percent on any of IPI’s online courses. Purchase a single course by August 31, 2017, to get the discount. Register here. Taking an IPI online course is the easiest and best way to enter, advance, Read More »

  • Parking Shortage Threatens Island Communities

    People who live on islands in Casco Bay, Maine, rely on a ferry to get back and forth to Portland, where many work and do all of their shopping and business. But a tightening mainland parking market, they say, threatens everything about the way they live. Development in Portland and Read More »

  • New York State Parking Association (NYSPA)’s 10th Annual Summer Retreat

    Join the New York State Parking Association (NYSPA) for its 10th Annual Summer Retreat. The program includes educational opportunities, networking, team activities and plenty of food at the famous Hinerwadel’s seafood and picnic buffet. $40 registration fee includes all sessions and lunch. 10:00AM- 10:30AM- Registration Opens 10:30 AM -10:40 AM- Read More »

  • Member News: Reno A&E Introduces the PLA Series of Prefabricated Saw-Cut Loops for Access Control Applications

    RENO, Nev. (June 19, 2017) — Reno A&E (RAE) is pleased to introduce the PLA Series of Prefabricated Saw-Cut Loops for access control applications. RAE has manufactured prefabricated loops for the access, traffic and railway control industries for more than 20 years. The ultra-lightweight PLA Series loops are extremely flexible Read More »

  • Parking: A Great Idea of New Urbanism

    Imagine listing the 25 greatest ideas that have influenced cities, towns, and suburbs. Parking would be on our list but does it make the cut for others? As it turns out, yes (hooray!). Public Square, a publication from the Congress of New Urbanism, thinks parking is a huge influence on Read More »

  • TransportationCamp Ithaca 2017 — Transportation & Technology

    Tompkins County and Cornell University are hosting their second TransportationCamp Ithaca, on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8AM-4PM, at Klarman Hall, 232 East Avenue, on the Cornell campus. The three primary objectives are: to offer a high quality TransportationCamp experience in Upstate NY, to focus on challenges and solutions to medium Read More »

  • When Government Gets Involved (Not Always a Bad Thing)

    By Mark A. Vergenes The Pennsylvania Parking Association’s (PPA’s) members recently persuaded District 13 State Senator Scott Martin and District 22 State Senator John Blake to co-sponsor legislation that will allow many towns and cities throughout the state to assign enforcement and administration of parking laws to their parking authorities. Read More »

  • More Paid Parking in D.C.

    Visitors to Washington, D.C., have traditionally clamored for free on-street parking around the National Mall and the Tidal Basin. That came to an end this week with the introduction of paid parking and a three-hour daytime limit on those spaces. The National Park Service said through a spokesman they hope Read More »

  • Member News: Virginia Beach Parking Services Becomes First in the Commonwealth to Achieve Accredited Parking Organization Certification

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 ​Virginia Beach Parking Management was recently named an Accredited Parking Organization (APO), becoming one of the first few in the nation and the very first in Virginia to do so. APO is a designation for parking organizations that recognizes best practices in responsible parking management, customer Read More »

  • A Bridge to … Somewhere

    By Casey Jones, CAPP Our eldest son just finished his sophomore year in high school and we’re having a lot of discussions these days about his college plans and what he has to do now to put himself in the best possible spot when application time comes. Should he take Read More »

  • Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) Mid-Year Training

    Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) Heads to Reno, Nev.! Join the Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) for a mid-year training event, June 14-15, 2017, Reno Silver Legacy Hotel, Reno, Nev. The Silver Legacy Hotel in downtown Reno is in close proximity to dining, entertainment, shopping, and has many transportation Read More »

  • How to “Lean In” Without Falling on Your Face

    By Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP Like many professional women, I rushed out to buy and read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The main premise of Sandberg’s book is that to be successful, women need to more actively “lean in”—lean in so they Read More »

  • University Innovation and Parking

    What to do when campus parking permit prices feel steep for a student’s budget and one can’t just leave a vehicle on neighborhood streets? At Arizona State University (ASU) the answer appears to be to come up with a new system. That’s exactly what two students just did and the Read More »

  • Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) 2017 Networking & Roundtable

    JUNE 2017 ROUNDTABLE  Free event for Parking & Transportation Professionals! WHO:    All parking & transportation professionals WHAT:  Join TPTA for a free networking mixer on June 12 at 6 pm and then join us the following day for a free informative Roundtable. WHY:  Meet colleagues, share knowledge and get Read More »

  • Day One: Education Packed

    By Cindy Campbell I’ve had a week to reflect on the IPI Conference & Expo held in New Orleans. As a former university parking director, the IPI Conference was always a time of professional renewal. After all these years, it still has that same effect on me. My first IPI Read More »

  • Member News: NES Digital Garage Ventilation System Delivers 93% Energy Savings at San Francisco City Owned Garage

    Limiting energy consumed by Golden Gateway Garage ventilation system to just 7% of its full-load capacity.  MENLO PARK, CA, June 7, 2017 – The Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) innovative garage-ventilation control system continues to deliver exceptional operational efficiencies and energy savings; this time limiting the energy consumed by a sizable Read More »

  • DMV: Parking & Toll Curriculum: 2017 California Public Parking Association (CPPA) Workshop

        Presented By: Kelly Walton and Maribel Fuentes DMV Liaison Officers This workshop is ideal for: Police Officers Police Dispatchers Police Records Staff and Supervisors Parking Officers First Level Hearing Officers Parking Adjudication Staff Topics Include: Finding Registered Owner by License Plate, Recognizing DMV Codes on Print-Outs Disabled Placard Read More »

  • What Would You Do?

    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) found itself in the news this week when it asked university employees and students to park at remote lots and shuttle in for a week while the campus hosted several high school graduations. One employee complained to the local media that she pays $75 per month Read More »

  • Zero-Occupant Vehicles?

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP From an urban transport perspective, what is potentially worse than the dreaded single-occupant vehicle? The answer may be a zero-occupant vehicle! In the most recent Mobility Lab newsletter, Howard Jennings, managing director, discusses the potential impacts to communities and traffic systems autonomous vehicles might have. Read More »

  • Member News: Propark Purchases LA Parking Company

    June 6, 2017 Hartford, Connecticut – Propark, Inc. (www.propark.com) announces that it has purchased Express Park in Los Angeles, California. Express Park’s portfolio of parking operations includes locations in Hollywood, Studio City, Santa Monica and Huntington Park. Propark’s Chief Investment Officer David Schmid, “We are very excited to be growing Read More »

  • Customer Service and the News

    By Alex Smith In the past two months, the airline industry has come under intense scrutiny from its customers, the public, and even Congress for how it has handled customer-service issues. Every time one of these major events has occurred, they generally are plastered all over the evening news and Read More »

  • 2017 Pennsylvania Parking Association (PPA) Spring Training and Golf Event

    Join the Pennsylvania Parking Association (PPA) for an exciting learning opportunity, June 6-7, 2017, Bank Street Annex, Easton, Pa. This event unites PPA members and other knowledgeable professionals from the parking industry in a day dedicated to workplace issues. Networking opportunities include golf at Morgan Hill Golf Club and a casual meet Read More »

  • Pennsylvania Parking Association (PPA) 2017 Summer Workshop

    PPA Summer Workshop–Save the Date!! Summer Workshop Registration Opening Soon     The Pennsylvania Parking Association 2017 Summer Workshop Save The Date for our 2017 Summer Workshop   Join us this Summer for a parking learning opportunity.  Topics Include: Employment Practices Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the workplace Managing Transition Read More »

  • Member News: Roamy Valera Launches Parking and Mobility Consulting Firm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 40 N.W. Third Street Suite 1102 Miami, Florida 33128 June 2017 Roamy Valera, CAPP, has launched NewTown Advisors, LLC., a consulting firm specializing in long-term growth strategies and increasing market penetration in the parking, transportation, and mobility sectors. With a demonstrated ability to establish and grow vertical Read More »

  • IPI’s 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners Showcase Sustainable Parking and Innovative Land Use that Improves Communities

    A municipal garage built into North Sea sand dunes; robotic parking in West Hollywood; and a community-building, green garage for a healthcare facility are among honorees. (New Orleans, May 15, 2017) – As the 2017 winners of the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Awards of Excellence illustrate, diverse parking challenges call Read More »

  • Great Thoughts on Success

    All hail Monday (if a little sleepily): The fresh face of a new week, loads of potential ahead, and the chance for a new beginning if only on the calendar. What better day of the week to contemplate success? We thought we’d share five quotes from five great thinkers (Condoleeza Read More »

  • 2017 Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Orioles Parking and Baseball

    Save the date for Family Day at Camden Yards Sunday, June 4, 2017 Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Bullpen Picnic: 12:00 pm Game: 1:35 pm Camden Yard Baltimore, MD Start the party early! Join us for a tailgate starting 90 minutes before the game. Look out for registration details coming soon!

  • Bottle Caps, Duct Tape, and Leaping Roadblocks

    By Kim Fernandez  My daughter, like, I’m betting, many of your kids, has been hounding me for weeks to buy her a fidget spinner—this year’s biggest toy fad. Having survived the Rainbow Loom and affiliated rubber shrapnel in every crevice of the house, Zhu Zhu pets, Silly Bandz, and a Read More »

  • Mobility Incubator Welcomes its First Two Members

    Jaguar Land Rover this week chose the first two startups to be part of its new transportation and mobility incubator project. The incubator, based on Portland, Ore., plans to work with about 120 startups in the next 10 years—six at a time—with a goal of developing new innovations in mobility Read More »

  • Avoid, Shift, Improve

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I recently read “How Do We Get Urban Transport to Deliver on Global Climate Targets?” on the Citiscope website. The feature was written by Cornie Huizenga, Mark Major, and Karl Peet and focuses on strategies to reduce the impacts of urban transport systems (of which Read More »

  • Seven Parking Organizations Earn Accreditation or Accreditation with Distinction

    The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) establishes national and international standards for professionalism, accountability, innovation, responsibility, and performance. (New Orleans – May 2017) At the International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference & Expo this week, seven parking organizations became Accredited Parking Organizations (APO) or earned APO with Distinction. APO, developed by the Read More »

  • NYC, the Teachers’ Union, and Parking

    We’re all used to seeing familiar hot buttons when cities and teachers’ unions negotiate. Professional days, teacher-to-student ratios, healthcare benefits, and numbers of classes per instructor rarely make headlines anymore. But parking? New York Mayor Bill De Blasio made big headlines when he gave 50,000 city parking permits to teachers, Read More »

  • Member News: Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) Announces Partnership with Locomobi Parking System

    Malvern, PA (May 16, 2017) Crane Payment Innovations (CPI), the world-wide leader in providing cash payment solutions and a Crane Co. company, today announced that the company has partnered with Locomobi, a leading provider of reliable parking management solutions, to integrate CPI’s cash recycling technology into Locomobi’s pay-on-foot equipment. Through Read More »

  • Robotic Parking—Literally

    Parking professionals hear about robotic parking and picture garages equipped to lift and place cars with specialized equipment. But robotic parking is about to get literal: Stanley Robotics recently raised $4 million to begin producing actual robots that will park cars in facilities without automated infrastructures. The robots will be Read More »

  • Until We Meet Again…

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen! We had a great time with thousands of parking professionals in New Orleans this week—thanks for joining us for the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo! We hope you learned as much, networked as much, and had as much fun as we did. Mark your calendars Read More »

  • Autonomous = Fewer Cars? Not So Fast

    Autonomous vehicles, some say, will help take cars off the road, unclogging streets and helping meet sustainability goals. But a study released by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and University of California Davis says it’s going to take a lot more than one revolution to get there. In Read More »

  • Tech and Trends and Challenges: The Experts Look Toward the Future

    What’s the future of parking, transportation, and mobility, especially with so much new technology and so many trends coming toward the industry? That was the topic of Monday’s General Session at the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo, and the expert panel did not fail to impress and intrigue the audience. Read More »

  • The New Networking

    It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We’ve all heard it and conventional wisdom generally holds true—a huge key to getting ahead in our careers is networking. Inc. came out with three networking strategies that really work and we thought they were so great we’d pass them along. Read More »

  • Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Site Reviewer Training

    Sunday, May 21, 2017. The one-day pre-Conference course is in conjunction with the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Program establishes a benchmark of the quality by which a parking management organization conducts its business and maintains its facilities and services. Site Read More »

  • Parking Immersion and Operations

    Saturday, May 20, 2017. The one-day pre-Conference course is in conjunction with the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • 2017 IPI Conference & Expo

    The 2017 IPI Conference & Expo, May 21-24, New Orleans, La., is the world’s largest educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals. From seasoned managers to industry rookies, there’s something for everyone at this once-a-year opportunity to connect with thousands of peers from around the world. Expand your network, further Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — In-Person Training

    Sunday, May 21, 2017. The one-day pre-Conference course is in conjunction with the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. 7 CAPP Points, .07 CEUs Parksmart Advisors (formerly Green Garage Assessors) lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) Read More »

  • UVA Business Management

    Saturday, May 20, 2017. The one-day pre-Conference course is in conjunction with the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. Creating an environment for employees to generate success is a priority. Explore various management theories and their common themes. Study pathways and pitfalls of individual personality styles and Read More »

  • Member News: Spotwise Launches at IPI Conference & Expo with New SaaS Product for Lot Operators

    Intelligent Enforcement Increases Ticket Revenue with Real-Time Analytics for Lot Managers and Auditors NEW ORLEANS – May 21, 2017 – Spotwise, the technology company making surface parking management and operation more efficient, today launched at the International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo its flagship product, Intelligent Enforcement. The cloud-based Read More »

  • In Memoriam: Robert Bundy, CAPP

    Robert Bundy, CAPP, co-founder of what would become IPI, passed away May 8 at his home in Toronto. Bundy was valedictorian of his class at Riverdale Collegiate Institute. He volunteered for service with the Royal Canadian Navy, serving as an officer aboard several destroyers and the aircraft carrier HMS Furious; Read More »

  • In Memoriam: Robert Bundy, CAPP

    Robert Bundy, CAPP, co-founder of what would become IPI, passed away May 8 at his home in Toronto. Bundy was valedictorian of his class at Riverdale Collegiate Institute. He volunteered for service with the Royal Canadian Navy, serving as an officer aboard several destroyers and the aircraft carrier HMS Furious; Read More »

  • No Parking … on the Dance Floor, That Is                 

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP In 1984, for my 17th birthday, I got a new stereo—with a cassette player—for my car. Up until that point, my 1973 Volkswagen Beetle (aka the Mishmobile) boasted a boom box on the front seat. (And “air conditioning” was really just the vent windows pointed Read More »

  • JC Porter, CAPP, of Arizona State University Parking and Transit Services, is 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year

    (New Orleans – May 18, 2017) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has named JC Porter, CAPP, assistant director of Parking & Transit Services at Arizona State University, its 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year. Porter commutes by bike to work each day – a 40-mile round trip. At ASU, Read More »

  • Parking Matters—Even to Apple

    Apple’s behemoth new corporate headquarters, built to the vision of the late Steve Jobs, is making a lot of headlines for its design, technology and overall coolness. Apple Park, as it’s called, is like something out of a science fiction novel, with futuristic shapes and spaces and tunnels and an Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes Newest Graduates Earning CAPP, Parkings’ Top Credential

    (New Orleans — May 18, 2017) The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the 2017 graduates of its CAPP credential program at the IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans. This year’s 31 graduates come from private and public parking organizations at universities, cities, airports, corporations, commercial operators, consultants, and transportation authorities. Read More »

  • Development as Investment

    By Mary Mabry, CAPP “If you are not willing to invest in yourself, how can you expect someone else to invest in you?” I heard that phrase once from a mentor and it has stuck with me my entire career. It made me realize that not only did I need Read More »

  • Free Webinar: How to Get the Most Out of the IPI Conference — Hosted by Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA)

    Please join the Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) for a free discussion with IPI’s Rachel Yoka and fellow experienced IPI attendees on what to look for at the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo, May 21-24, New Orleans, La. We will discuss strategies and points of interest for navigating the Read More »

  • Safety: No Time Like the Present

    By Mark Wright How long are you willing to wait for technology to solve a stubborn parking-safety problem? Five years? A lifetime? California Assembly member Bill Quirk had an easy answer: the seconds it took for a car to crash through the front wall of a childcare center. The incident Read More »

  • Member News: PARC Group Going Strong After 27 Years

    May 15, 2017 – Members of the PARC Group will gather this weekend for their Mid-Year Meeting in conjunction with the IPI Conference and Expo in New Orleans. PARC Group is a well-known, multi-national network of many of the top companies in vehicle access control. Members meet twice annually and Read More »

  • California Lawmaker Proposes Handicap Parking Reform Measures

    After a nearly year-long audit of its disabled parking permit program, California may implement strict new processes designed to curb permit abuse, at least if one lawmaker gets his way. State Sen. Jerry Hill last week introduced legislation that would require the state department of motor vehicles to conduct quarterly Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes 12 Parking Marketing Programs

    2017 Marketing and Communications Awards Highlight Best Practices and Innovative Strategies (New Orleans, May 15, 2017) The International Parking Institute (IPI) will recognize 12 outstanding marketing and communications programs in the parking sector at the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, La. The Parking Matters® Marketing and Communications Read More »

  • Melinda Scott Anderson, CAPP (Ret.), and Donald Monahan, PE, Honored for Lifetime Achievement in the Parking Industry

    (New Orleans — May 15, 2017) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced two recipients of its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award: Melinda Scott Anderson, CAPP (Ret.), director of the Office of Parking Management at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston; and Donald R. Monahan, PE, principal of Read More »

  • Arizona State University’s Parking & Transit Services is 2017 Parking Organization of the Year

    International Parking Institute (IPI) recognizes one of the largest universities in the nation for commitment to sustainability in parking and customer service. (New Orleans – May 15, 2017) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has named Parking & Transit Services (PTS) at Arizona State University (ASU) in Phoenix as its Read More »

  • Becky Cass of Houston’s Winpark is 2017 Parking Supervisor of the Year Award

    Winpark Area Manager named Parking Supervisor of the Year by the International Parking Institute (New Orleans, May 15, 2017) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced that Becky Cass, area manager of Winpark in Houston, has been named its 2017 Parking Supervisor of the Year. The award honors management-level Read More »

  • Roger Finch of Denver International Airport is 2017 Parking Staff Member of the Year

    Airport’s Landside Services Agent Honored with Award (New Orleans, La. – May 15, 2017) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced that Roger Finch, Landside Services Agent II at Denver International Airport, has been named its 2017 Parking Staff Member of the Year. Finch began his career with Denver Read More »

  • Boulder, Colorado’s Molly Winter is 2017 Parking Professional of the Year

    Executive Director of Boulder’s Dept. of Community Vitality is named the James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year. (New Orleans, La.) – MAY 15, 2017 — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced that Molly Winter, executive director of the Department of Community Vitality for the City of Read More »

  • Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Scholarship Application Deadline

    The award(s) shall be for one academic year. Applicants may reapply for subsequent years. The scholarship award may be used towards an accredited institution of higher learning or professional parking certification program. The scholarship will be awarded in August. To be eligible for the MAPA Scholarship Award you must be: Read More »

  • Member News: New, Near-Airport “The Parking Spot” Facilities Developed in Austin and Philadelphia with $18M Associated Bank Loans

    CHICAGO – April 28, 2017 – Associated Bank announces construction loans totaling more than $18 million to affiliates of Green Courte Partners, LLC and The Parking Spot for the construction of two new near-airport parking facilities, one each in Austin and Philadelphia. TPS Philadelphia LP, doing business as “The Parking Read More »

  • Finding the Uncommon

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd Each day we set out with our daily list of scheduled meetings and tasks to accomplish. This seems mundane and rote. But each day when we say yes to experiencing something new, we have the opportunity to find something uncommon in common tasks. Recently, we had Read More »

  • Valet with No Dings or Dents

    By Jerry Mauboules Would you believe a valet operator telling you they had no paid damage claims in a year? What about two years? When I began my career in parking, the first facility I worked was an 800-space, all-valet location in downtown Houston that operated 24/7/365. The operation consisted Read More »

  • An Exciting Time to Work in Parking

    It’s an age-old problem: not enough desirable parking spaces to accommodate every driver who wants one. The difference now is the variety, creativity, and sheer quantity of solutions to the problem. In-car apps built right into the dashboard enable drivers to find the closest parking space. Mobile apps aim to Read More »

  • How to Build a Parking Yield Management Strategy

    By Errol Gayle Are you certain you’re getting the maximum revenue from your parking rates? A yield management strategy like those used by airlines and hotels allows parking facilities to set the right price for the right driver at the right time. Here are the building blocks for yield management: Read More »

  • New Online Course Launched to Offer Parksmart Advisor Certification

    Certified Parksmart Advisors guide parking facilities in achieving sustainability and applying for Parksmart certification through the Green Building Certification Institute (Alexandria, Va., May 9, 2017) – A new online course certifies parking, transportation, and mobility professionals as Parksmart Advisors—able to guide parking facility owners and managers in implementing sustainable strategies Read More »

  • APO Manual for Applicants

    The  Second Edition of the APO Manual for Applicants outlines guidelines and requirements for facilities interested in the Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Program. APO Manual For Applicants, May 2017 Edition

  • Leveling the Parking Citation Field for Low-Income Drivers

    A $200 parking ticket means a lot more to someone earning $25,000 per year than someone making four times that amount. San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros says parking fees and fines are taking a huge chunk out of working-class family budgets and he wants to change his city’s parking citation Read More »

  • Sustainability Framework

    Industry-wide goals and action items for sustainable parking solutions. Sustainability Framework 2017

  • At a Glance: Green vs. Greenwashed: A Reference for the Parking Industry

    With the rise of consumer demand for environmentally (and socially conscious) products and services, companies promote the perception that an organization’s products, goals, or policies are environmentally friendly. This may occur without a true commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. “Green marketing” or “greenwashing” is defined as the practice of a Read More »

  • Next Gen Mobility and Parking Management & Green Design

    You’ll learn about: Learn about the role and implications of mobility hubs, next gen mobility technology and services on travel, street management, parking, and walkability in cities and neighborhoods. Additionally, the evolution, applied demonstration projects, tools, and techniques addressing parking management and sustainable green design. The program is codified in Read More »

  • Practicing the Hand-Off

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C The Penn Relays, the oldest and largest track and field competition in this country, has been hosted annually since April 21, 1895 by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Our elementary school-aged kids are invited to participate as a part of Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud and Aeroporti di Roma Further Develop Partnership

    ADR Mobility, part of the ADR Group, signed a partnership with ParkCloud in August 2016, allowing customers to book a parking space directly from participating airports. Following fantastic results, ADR have decided to further the relationship with ParkCloud. Easy Parking is the official brand of the car parks at Rome Read More »

  • Member News: In Memoriam: Steven Monetti, President of the New Jersey Parking Institute

    Steven Monetti, president of the New Jersey Parking Institute, former executive director of the Fort Lee, N.J. Parking Authority, and former chairman of the North Bergen, N.J., Parking Authority, passed away in late April. He was 67 years old. Monetti grew up in North Bergen, N.J., and enjoyed a long Read More »

  • Royal Jelly and Your Career

    By Frank Giles We’ve all heard the phrase “as busy as a bee” but why do we think of bees as busy? As an employee, one would hope to have the work ethic of the noble honey bee; always on time, always on task, and always a team player. There Read More »

  • The Untold Story of Paid Parking in Vegas

    There was lots to consider when Las Vegas’s storied casinos began charging for parking late last year. From rates to occupancy to public relations, the move to paid parking made headlines around the world. The story you haven’t heard, however, is about all the technology needed to make the shift Read More »

  • Member News: One Riverside Celebrates Grand Opening

    Philadelphia, PA (May 2, 2017)- The Harman Group (THG), a firm specializing in structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering, is proud to announce that One Riverside, a $90 million, 82-unit residential condominium complex in Philadelphia celebrated its grand opening milestone on May 2nd. Standing 22 stories tall, One Riverside is Read More »

  • New York State Parking Association (NYSPA) Lunch and Learn in New York City

        Attend the New York State Parking Association (NYSPA)’s first-ever New York City event! You are invited to a lunch and learn event with the New York State Parking Association (NYSPA), Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., New York, N.Y. Join parking and tech experts in the heart Read More »

  • High-Impact Customer Service

    By Julyanne Long My career in parking started at a hospital valet. It was a new operation that was “temporary during construction.” Needless to say, hospital construction and reduced parking brought a lot of unhappy customers. We were parking about 300 cars per day, rain or shine. After the patients Read More »

  • MODern Parking

    Adaptive re-use, which involves designing parking garages so they can be shifted into other uses in time, is a hot topic, albeit somewhat abstract. Enter Andy Cohen, co-CEO of Gensler architecture, Washington, D.C. He’s not only embraced the concept but illustrated it with the MOD, a still fictional but fully-designed Read More »

  • Additions to IPI and CAPP Board of Directors Announced

    The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the results of its recent 2017 Board of Directors Election. Newly elected Board members include: Temitope Longe, Parking Division, Integrated Transport Centre, Abu Dhabi. Brent Paxton, Parkmobile LLC, Atlanta, Ga. Geary Robinson, Ph.D., CAPP, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Diego Torres-Palma, Smarking, San Read More »

  • 2017 California Public Parking Association (CPPA) Hearing Officer Training

        Presented By: Steve Bowman, Attorney At Law April 28, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:30am) Hearing Examiner Training: Learn how to conduct Level 2 Administrative Hearings and render effective decisions when reviewing parking citation appeals. Attendees of this 8-hour training program will be taken Read More »

  • Sustainability: Your Role

    By Brian Shaw, CAPP Earth Day gives us an opportunity each spring to reflect and consider the health of our planet. As the largest, most complex system humans directly affect, the earth has been changed by our actions and deeds. However, as improvement in our air and water quality, recovery Read More »

  • Member News: World-Leading Kiwi Parking Tech Firm Hiring After Multi-Million Investment

    World-leading Kiwi parking technology firm Frogparking is hunting for new talent as part of a major growth programme off the back of a multi-million-dollar investment. Frogparking, co-founded by entrepreneurial father-daughter team Don and Shareena Sandbrook in 2010, has grown into a global export success with a wide range of major Read More »

  • Member News: TagMaster Announces the Acquisition of CA Traffic

    Stockholm, April 27, 2017 TagMaster, the leading supplier of advanced RFID products and ANPR cameras for vehicle identification within traffic and rail solutions, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of CA Traffic Ltd from Hill & Smith Holdings PLC for a total cash consideration of £3m. CA Traffic Read More »

  • Planning Your Lighting Retrofit

    By Catherine Kendig As LED technology ushers in a breadth of new features for commercial parking applications, taking the right approach to planning a successful energy efficient retrofit can become an impactful part of your larger sustainability goals. With the right design, a simple swap-out of fixtures stands out. Whether Read More »

  • 2017 Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) Spring Workshop and Municipal Forum

    The Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) is offering it’s first ever Municipal Forum on April 27-28. The forum is FREE to municipalities. April 27: Municipal Workshop Topics include: Parking Enforcement. Creating and Establishing a Parking Program: To charge for parking or not charge for parking. Parking Economic Development: The Read More »

  • Heart Over Head

    By Ron Steedly, CAPP Last week, Texas A&M University had “A Day To Ride,” our branded version of bike to work/school day (we like to have it while the students are on campus rather than in May when no one is around). We tie it to our Earth Week celebrations Read More »

  • 2017 Parking Association of Georgia (PAG) Annual Conference & Trade Show

    It is that time again; the best parking conference in the State of Georgia is about to happen! Parking Association of Georgia – the T E A M – Together Everyone Achieves More! A parking experience that brings it all together! Transportation – operations – management – enforcement – design Read More »

  • It’s in Our Hands

    By Paul Wessel Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made a powerful plea for the power of science in a Facebook post last week. In a passionate video, he laid out how science has made us great: One of the great things about science is that it is an entire exercise in Read More »

  • Earth Day

    By Irma Henderson, CAPP In celebration of Earth Day that occurred this past Saturday, this week’s blog series is dedicated to sustainability in parking. During the past 40 years, 85 percent of Americans have driven their cars to work every day and most cars are parked 95 percent of the Read More »

  • Dead Heat

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Anyone who follows racing—horses, cars, sprinters—knows it’s a dead heat when two or more in a race finish in a tie. Now that I’m in parking, the term has a far more disturbing connotation. I think of deadly heat—the kind that can build up Read More »

  • Parking and the Friendly Skies

    By Josh Cantor By now, most have seen the troubling video of the United Airlines flight in which a passenger was dragged off the plane as officers “re-accommodated” four passengers to make room for flight crew needing to get to Louisville. Watching the video made me think of several things Read More »

  • Member News: Winpark’s Nicole Chinea Elected to Texas Parking & Transportation Association’s Board of Directors

    April 19, 2017 Houston, Texas – Winpark announced today that the company’s Regional Vice President of Operations, Nicole Chinea, CAPP, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA). “The entire Winpark family would like to congratulate Nicole for this exciting opportunity,” declared Read More »

  • Member News: All Traffic Solutions Announces the Launch of TrafficBridge, The Universal Connector to TraffiCloud—ATS’s Patented IoT-enabled Cloud-based Traffic Management Solution

    TrafficBridge unifies existing traffic infrastructure by turning equipment into ‘smart’ connected devices that work together in TraffiCloud, ATS’s patented traffic management ecosystem. All Traffic Solutions, the innovation leader in cloud-based traffic management solutions for law enforcement, intelligent transportation and smart cities announces today the launch of TrafficBridge™, a customizable cellular Read More »

  • Patriots’ Stadium Among the Safest in the NFL

    Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, boasts the highest level of antiterrorism security standards awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The stadium, which has more than 65,000 seats, is the first sports or entertainment venue in New England and only the fourth in the NFL Read More »

  • NextGen Parking Management Summit 2017

    Topics include: Government Initiatives in Parking Management, Autonomous Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation, Smart Parking & Security Threats, Technology Demand and Implementation.

  • Member News: Spring Price Promotion Available on Duncan Eagle® Meters and Housings

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. (April 18, 2017) – Duncan Parking Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of CivicSmart, Inc., is offering a special “Spring Discount” promotion on its Eagle® Meter Series and legendary meter housings. For a limited time, these products will be 25 percent off list price for those clients who use the Read More »

  • Netflix Gets it Wrong

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Netflix is making a big mistake in airing its new 13-episode drama, “13 Reasons Why.” The series is based on a book by Jay Asher that chronicles a young teen who ultimately commits suicide. There is a graphic depiction of the suicide in the Read More »

  • Offering Solutions for Elon Musk’s Parking Problem

    Tesla, widely regarded as the maker of a very advanced automobile, has a serious parking problem. The company’s 6,000 employees make cars specifically designed to make driving easier and greener, but battle for 4,500 parking spaces. It’s a little awkward. The Mobilizing the Region blog, which normally focuses on sustainable Read More »

  • Building a Bridge to Fill a Pothole

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE As a representative from the 18th congressional district of Illinois, Ray LaHood knew a large number of phone calls his staff received focused on filling potholes. Sixteen years—including a stint as U.S. secretary of transportation under President Obama—later, Secretary LaHood is still lamenting about potholes, both Read More »

  • Member News: SmartLPR Access NA License Plate Recognition Units Now at Carpark 49, Toronto

    The Toronto Parking Authority reopened Carpark 49, a former surface parking lot that is now a 153-space modern parking garage. Our SmartLPR Access NA units for license plate recognition are placed at the entries/exits of the newly modernized Carpark 49 parking garage, allowing vehicle access based on license plate information. Read More »

  • Member News: Denver International Airport Adds 800 New Parking Spaces with the Opening of 61st and Peña Parking Lot

    DENVER – April 10, 2017 – Denver International Airport (DEN) today opened a new parking lot at the 61st & Peña Regional Transportation District (RTD) University of Colorado A Line commuter rail station. The new lot adds a total of 800 parking spaces to the airport’s extensive parking system, and Read More »

  • California Public Parking Association (CPPA) Workshop: Parking Industry Fundamentals for Frontline Staff

    This course provides an entry-level overview of the purpose, objectives and services of parking programs. Topics include current industry technologies, citation review, adjudication processes, and broader understanding of the role we play in our organizations. Basic customer service concepts will also be reviewed. Learning Objectives for Parking Industry Fundamentals:  In Read More »

  • Developing Future Leaders

    The college internship: Every student wants one and many companies would like to offer meaningful experiences, but confusion on both sides of the process can lead to internships that aren’t fulfilling for anyone. In this month’s The Parking Professional, FINFROCK Executive Vice President Lloyd Kennedy explains why his company’s internship Read More »

  • Power’s Out, Is Anyone Home?

    By Jessica Garcia Day in and day out, we run our facilities to the best of our abilities. Sporadically, something transpires that really challenges us. Imagine this scenario: your garage loses power … on a Friday morning … during the middle of rush hour! It happened to us. We had Read More »

  • First-Day Parking Lessons from Campus

    By Linda Velazquez University of Buffalo Parking and Transportation Services shifts into high customer service gear as we welcome students back to campus each fall. Ticket writers become information ambassadors and during that first week, give out more directions than parking tickets while stationed at the entrances to some of Read More »

  • MARTA Tests Website for Parking

    The highway bridge collapse in Atlanta earlier this month forced lots of commuters to rethink the way they get to work and around town, and many started using public transportation for the first time. While the city’s MARTA train system performed well, parking became a challenge—there wasn’t enough for everyone Read More »

  • Seeing and Being Seen in Japan: It’s All about the Parking Lot

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it, and that’s exactly what happens in what news reports have called “the craziest parking lot in Japan”—definitely the place to see and be seen if you’re the proud owner of a luxury vehicle. The Daikoku Futo parking lot lights up at night, when car Read More »

  • When Parking Becomes Personal

    By Ke’Shawna Walker I have been a part of the wonderful world of parking for a little more than three months now. Previously, I worked in a downtown office building, which is how I was introduced to the parking world. Tourists, new employees, and visitors came to my desk asking Read More »

  • Atlanta’s Bridge Collapse Puts Mobility Front and Center

    By Kim Fernandez Last week’s fiery bridge collapse in Atlanta was top news all around the country, but the real story may end up being a new appreciation for—and much more use of—mass transit in and around the city. “It was nuts,” says Mark Vergenes, chair of the Lancaster (Pa.) Read More »

  • When a Parking Attendant Retires

    There’s a smaller guy in this year’s Arizona Coyotes pro hockey team photo who’s never played pro hockey. He has, however, played a pivotal role in the team’s success. Meet Lou Monaco, age 90, who recently retired after 20 years parking players’ cars in the team lot—and whose absence will Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Partners with Belfast International Airport

    Since beginning a partnership in late 2015, ParkCloud and Belfast Airport are continuing to work together to offer parking at the airport. Belfast International Airport is located 13 miles northwest of Belfast, and was formerly known and sometimes still referred to as Aldergrove Airport. It is the busiest airport in Read More »

  • Play Ball!

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP Most of us grow up loving to play in the snow, but as parking professionals, many of us are responsible for removing snow from our sidewalks, ramps, and roofs. The fun days of making snow angels, sledding, and snowball fights are a distant memory, replaced Read More »

  • CAPP Scholarship Deadline for Media Training

    Apply for CAPP scholarship funding by April 3, 2017 for IPI’s Media Training course. The one-day Media Interview Coaching Workshop is a pre-Conference course on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in conjunction with the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anyone who is pursuing CAPP within the next Read More »

  • Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) 2017 Conference and Tradeshow

    The City of Cowboys and Culture welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the great American West and rich arts and culinary treasures. Fort Worth offers the No. 1 downtown in America and is located minutes from AT&T Stadium and DFW International Airport. As one visitor says, “unpretentious, laid-back, Read More »

  • New England Parking Council (NEPC) Spring Conference & Tradeshow

    The New England Parking Council (NEPC) Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show brings together parking and transportation professionals from universities, municipalities, hospitals, airports and from the private sector. More than 250 attendees will gather in Boston for two days of education and networking. Forty vendors will exhibit the latest in Read More »

  • Saying Yes

    By Kim Fernandez My camera’s on/off switch went wonky a few weeks ago—I had to hold it in the “on” position with my finger to take photos. It was a 2015 Christmas gift and two months out of warranty (of course) and the repair-shop estimate came back at nearly half Read More »

  • Arugula, Focaccia, and a Battery Charge?

    By David M. Feehan Recently, I pulled into the parking lot of the Whole Foods in Columbia, Md. The lot appeared full except for a couple of spaces close to the door. Then I noticed the signs: These spaces are reserved for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. I drive a Read More »

  • Most Americans Fear Fully Self-Driving Cars

    Automakers and tech companies promise autonomous vehicles will reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. But what if motorists are scared of the very thing that’s supposed to make them safer? According to a new AAA survey, three in four Americans said they’re afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle and Read More »

  • Municipal Parking Forum and Workshop in Virginia

    By Robert Fries, CAPP Come join the Parking Association of the Virginias’ Municipal Parking Forum and Spring Workshop on April 27 and 28 at the downtown Fredericksburg Marriott Hotel. The Municipal Parking Forum will be held April 27 and admittance is free! Topics will focus on parking enforcement, creating a Read More »

  • Member News: Quercus Technologies Presents the Latest Spot Control Project in Chile

    With a fresh new product, launched on the market at the beginning of last year, that has already enjoyed a very good response from many of the players in the parking industry, Quercus presents now the latest parking installation that includes our parking guidance system provided by Spot Control Sensors. Read More »

  • Netflix, Pandora, Cars, and the Future

    What Netflix and Pandora have done for movies and music, Cadillac is trying to do for automobiles. Its new Book by Cadillac service offers up to 18 car swaps a year to subscribers who pay a monthly $1,500 fee. A similar membership service by Chevrolet lets members drive a Tahoe Read More »

  • Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Active Shooter Training

    Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed Read More »

  • Is Strategic Planning Professional or Personal? YES!

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP On Wednesday, IPI’s management team had its quarterly strategic planning meeting. As many of you know, a strategic planning session is an occasion to see where you are on your course. What’s working? What could be improved? What do we want to accomplish in the Read More »

  • Boots on the Ground

    By Nicole Chinea, CAPP I recently had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with our valet teams. One of these visits was on a Friday morning when the sun was shining bright in Houston and air was crisp. I have always loved getting back in the field but my takeaways Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Releases Mobile App

    March 23, 2017 Having already affirmed itself as a market leader in the parking industry, ParkCloud is further expanding its options for customers by releasing a new phone app on March 22, 2017. People are using mobile devices and tablets to do more and more online and in everyday life. Read More »

  • Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) Lunch and Learn

        Join the Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) for a free lunch and learn educational sessions on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Albuquerque Museum Ventana Salon. Discussion topics: Workplace Safety: Active Shooter Response Meter Security Customer Service and Parking Enforcement We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Tale of Three Cities

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Tale of Three Cities: Smarter Approaches to Parking Boost Revenue and Facilitate Economic Development—that’s the headline for a wonderful piece in American City and County magazine’s Smart Cities series. Read it here. We’re delighted the magazine worked with IPI to share the story of Read More »

  • Your Vote Matters. IPI Board of Directors Election Now Open

    The polls for the IPI 2017 Board of Directors election are open through Wednesday, April 12. There are 13 candidates in this year’s election for seven available positions. Please take a moment to review the candidates’ biographies and platforms. Only the primary contact from each member organization is eligible to Read More »

  • Member News: SmartLPR Access NA Now at San Leandro Tech Campus

    Quercus Technologies keeps on the good track and presents a new project at San Leandro Tech Campus. Westlake Urban’s San Leandro Tech Campus (SLTC) and it is a 750,000 square-foot, technologyfocused, mixed-use development located next to the Downtown San Leandro BART Station. The SLTC includes a six-story office building and Read More »

  • Stella! (Not From “A Streetcar Named Desire”)

    By Bridgette Brady, CAPP Everything came to a grinding halt, including most modes of transportation, in Central New York last week due to the storm so lovingly referred to as Stella. Snow days are enjoyed by many—children get a few days off from school, classes are cancelled at universities, and Read More »

  • Parking Matters in Aurora, Colo.

    By Casey Jones, CAPP Starting a parking program from scratch is perhaps one of the more difficult tasks facing a parking professional. Add on implementing license plate recognition, a neighborhood parking permit program, pay-by-plate, and pay-by-phone, and you are talking about a monumental challenge. This is precisely what Robert Ferrin Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Launches New Italian Location, Offering Parking in Matera

    March 17, 2017 Adding to an already extensive list of Italian cities – now totalling 24 – ParkCloud is very pleased to have added Matera to its directory. Offering spaces at a car park suitable for parking in the city centre and at the train station, ParkCloud is further cementing Read More »

  • Irish Luck and Corporate Responsibility

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd. For any enlightened business, having a clearly defined approach to the effects of climate change, involvement with local communities, responsible and ethical business practices, and the creation of a quality workplace environment must be core parts of business strategy. And with a little luck, that will Read More »

  • Study Finds Vehicle Ownership Rates Climbing

    We’ve all heard the rumors: Vehicle ownership is crashing and we’ve hit peak car. Well, not so fast—a researcher in the field says car ownership rates are actually climbing for the first time in a few years. Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found in a Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Connected Vehicles: Understanding the Revolution

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Connected Vehicles: Understanding the Revolution is the eighth in a series of parking-specific presentations by IPI’s Parking Technology Committee. This year’s presentation explores the connected vehicle and its impact on parking. We all hear and see the buzzwords: automated, self-driving, driverless, Read More »

  • Thirty Minutes of Education (TME): Content Isn’t the King, It’s the Kingdom

    Maximizing Digital Platforms for Member Engagement       IPI is offering this Thirty Minutes of Education (TME) in our series of online roundtables designed just for IPI’s affiliated State and Regional Associations (SRA). This series will equip SRA leaders and volunteers with essential information that will help strengthen and Read More »

  • Parking in Louisville Goes Greener

    By Teri Morkunas, CAPP Last fall, the Parking Authority of River City (PARC), Ky., installed electronic charging stations for customers with electric vehicles. The stations are located at the Clay Commons Garage and the First and Main Garage. Each location has two charging stations. These locations were selected because the Read More »

  • publications

    SERVING MULTIPLE MASTERS

    SERVING MULTIPLE MASTERS How incorporating nine parking best practices boosted a new garage at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Long gone are the days when the drab, utilitarian dorm room sized for a sardine was a rite of passage for an incoming freshman at a college campus. Today’s college student is Read More »

  • “Modern Family” Gets Barnacled, Parking Style

    Gather ‘round the T.V. this Wednesday night for the hit show “Modern Family,” which is about to showcase just how awesome parking enforcement really is. The Barnacle enforcement device—a finalist in last year’s IPI Park Tank competition—is the star of the show on this week’s episode, and if your friends Read More »

  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Recognized by EPA

    Dallas Fort Worth International Airport last week was named a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership. This marks the first time an airport has been recognized two years in a row by the program, which recognizes leadership in responding to climate change and Read More »

  • 2017 Mid-South Transportation & Parking Association (MSTPA) Annual Spring Conference & Tradeshow

    The 2017 Mid-South Transportation & Parking Association (MSTPA) Annual Spring Conference & Tradeshow is in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, March 13-15, 2017. This conference, like all MSTPA conferences, will not disappoint with great southern hospitality, food, and atmosphere. Educational sessions will include Frontline Customer Service Training presented Read More »

  • 17.3

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP Do you know what 330,000 people in over 175 countries are doing this weekend? It’s called 17.3. And if you know a Crossfitter, chances are they have already told you about it (whether you wanted to hear about it or not). It’s called the Open Read More »

  • First and Last Impressions

    By Shannon Mayfield I’ve worked in and around Class A office buildings for the past 15 years. During this time, I’ve seen changes to these buildings that range from new ceiling tile in the lobby to major renovations of a building’s façade. Big or small, these changes make a difference Read More »

  • Fighting Fake News and Misinformation

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM There’s a saying among journalists: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” It means writers and readers alike should bring a healthy dose of skepticism to news stories. Double-check all facts, figures, and sources — even familiar ones — and if it seems Read More »

  • publications

    BEAUTY AND A FUNCTIONAL BEAST

    BEAUTY AND A FUNCTIONAL BEAST Form and function meet in Sarasota’s State Street Parking Garage When Sarasota, Fla.’s city planners decided to develop a new parking structure, they saw it as an essential element of the city’s drive to promote economic growth. In fact, the city’s downtown parking master plan is largely designed to enhance Read More »

  • publications

    UNDER THE DUNES

    UNDER THE DUNES One-of-a-kind Dutch parking garage named its country’s Building of the Year. The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects received 125 submissions for its 2016 Building of the Year. The juried contest sees hot competition from all facets of building design, so when the winner was a parking garage, people sat up Read More »

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go

    By Vanessa Solesbee I travel a lot for work—a lot, a lot. Sometimes frequent travel has its perks: as I write this post, I’m sitting on a plane headed to the sunny beaches of Waikiki for a project site visit. However, sometimes I’m homesick before the plane even takes off, Read More »

  • 2017 Professional Sports Facilities Safety and Security Summit

    Professional sport facilities are going through a changing event landscape. Traditional stadiums, arenas, tracks, and sporting environments at both the professional and minor league levels are hosting a variety of events at their facilities. Years ago many of these were single event facilities, but not any longer. This will require Read More »

  • The Design of Future Carpooling

    What happens when private vehicles become a public resource? That’s the question addressed in a new project from IDEO, a global design firm that focused its creative and collaborative eye on driverless cars and carpools. Cars, they say, have always been designed for families and groups of friends. So what Read More »

  • Ready for Your Close-Up?

    By Alaina Goldense In today’s unpredictable environment, you can never be too prepared for a crisis.  For the parking industry, solid communication skills are your key to success. Be brave and take the opportunity to participate in Media Interview Coaching Training (offered by IPI in May—keep reading!). Learning critical skills Read More »

  • Member News: SmartLPR Access NA Flies Up to Providence Place Shopping Mall

    Quercus Technologies has had a good start in 2017. New parking projects around the world are already working with our license plate recognition units and many upcoming projects are in the horizon for this year. Providence Place shopping mall in Rhode Island (US) has upgraded its parking facilities in a Read More »

  • Member News: ParkingSoft Acquires SEMtech Systems

    February 20, 2017 ParkingSoft is pleased to announce the acquisition of SEMtech Systems, LLC based in Rochester, New York. As one of New York’s fastest growing commercial access and parking control service and support companies, SEMtech is a welcome addition to the ParkingSoft family. “SEMtech is very excited about the Read More »

  • Welcome Back to Parking!

    Remember navigating the parking permit process when you went to college? Remember how many tickets you probably received for parking in the wrong lot at the wrong time? Times have changed for the better—campus parking professionals go out of their way to help students get their permits painlessly and learn Read More »

  • Online Courses: Federal Emergency Management Agency – Emergency Management Institute

    Introduction to Incident Command System Length: 3 hours, 3 CAPP Points towards application or recertification. Description: CS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure Read More »

  • Online Course: First Observer Plus

    Length of time: 44 minutes. Cost: Free. Credit: 1 CAPP Point towards certification or recertification. Register here to complete the training and receive a TSA certificate at the completion of the training. Description: First Observer Plus is a Department of Homeland Security program, administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to Read More »

  • Stop Fighting Over Who Takes Out the Trash

    By Vicki Pero, SPHR Environmental sustainability has been important to me for most of my life and I’ve had the good fortune to participate in greening efforts personally and professionally. At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself to limit the amount of trash that I Read More »

  • Member News: Obituary for Angelina Gloria Bruno Manno, Co-Owner of Southland Printing Company, Inc.

    The following is the obituary for Angelina Manno, Co-Owner and Secretary/Treasurer for Southland Printing Company, Inc. Angie, along with her husband John A. Manno, Sr., was involved in the parking industry since the early 1960s and has many friends and acquaintances in the industry. SHREVEPORT, LA – ANGELINA GLORIA BRUNO MANNO Read More »

  • Joie de Vivre!

    By Bonnie Watts If you’ve been on this planet very long, you know today is an important and long-celebrated tradition in New Orleans. Millions flock to take part in the festivities and “laissez les bon temps roulez!” which strongly conveys the joie de vivre (joy of living) attitude that pervades Read More »

  • TED Talks and Parking and Mobility Pros

    The mighty TED Talk—about 15 minutes of brilliance, humor, and information we can use. They’re a great way to kick off the week—after all, who doesn’t love them? We sure do, and we featured five of our favorites in this month’s The Parking Professional—check out our list here. IPI member Read More »

  • IPI Members Shine Among Best Workplaces for Commuters

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Check out the just-released list of colleges and universities that are among the larger list of Best Workplaces for Commuters published by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. The majority of the academic institutions on the list Read More »

  • Member News: T2 and Creditcall Address All Payment Options with Single EMV-Certified Parking Payment Platform

    Parking operators can instantly upgrade to EMV while addressing customer payment preferences of unattended (self-service), attended (in-store), and online. New York/Indianapolis, February 22, 2017 – Creditcall, the payment gateway and EMV migration specialist, and T2 Systems, a technology-focused parking systems provider, today announced the availability of a single unified EMV-certified Read More »

  • A Look Ahead: 2017 Transportation Technology Trends

    By Scott Reiser It’s not enough to say technology will be the next big trend to hit the parking and transportation industries. Rather, much of the talk at industry trade shows during the past year focused on how systems large and small will use technology in the year ahead to Read More »

  • Airport ShopTalk

    IPI Airport ShopTalk | Parking Revenues – Threats and Solutions With the incoming arrival of several new innovations in transportation, it is crucial to begin preparing for the impact these changes will have on parking revenues at airports. We will discuss the foreseeable (short­­ and long term) threats and solutions related Read More »

  • Apply for CAPP Scholarship Funding by April 3 for Pre-Conference Trainings

    Want to participate in professional development at the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, La., but cost is holding you back? CAPPs and CAPP applicants may be eligible for financial assistance. Anyone who is pursuing CAPP within the next five years and any current CAPP who already has accumulated a Read More »

  • Member News: TIBA partners with Traffic Tech to grow in the Australian market

    Columbus, OH, Monday, 22 February 2017 – TIBA Parking Systems has signed a new dealership agreement with Traffic Tech, strengthening its business presence in the Australia. Traffic Tech with its head office in Sydney, has been serving the parking industry for more than 16 years. It develops and manufactures vehicle Read More »

  • 5 Things Every IPI Conference & Expo Newbie Should Know

    By Rita Pagan Last year I attended my first industry-related professional conference. No one gave me a pep talk or told me what to expect and I feel like I missed out on a ton not having some background. Here are five things I learned that other conference newbies might Read More »

  • Seattle Redefines “Alternative Transportation”

    Job growth in Seattle is, obviously, seen as a good thing except for one concern: In a city with very little space for more cars, how are the people filling new jobs going to get around? They apparently figured it out. A new report by Commute Seattle finds that nearly Read More »

  • Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) February 2017 Networking & Roundtable

    FEBRUARY ROUNDTABLE Free event for Parking & Transportation Professionals! WHO: All parking & transportation professionals WHAT: Join TPTA for a free networking mixer on February 21 at 6 pm and then join us the following day for a free informative Roundtable. WHY: Meet colleagues, share knowledge and get plugged into Read More »

  • Splitting Firewood and Words

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE I grew up in an environment where colloquial language was the norm. Actually, working on a farm during high school and college, the men and women I spent time with often used colloquial or informal phrases to make a point. One of my favorites was when Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Network sees addition of RIX

     Airport car parking at Riga International Airport is available from immediate effect through ParkCloud’s extensive network of collaborators. Riga serves as a hub for Wizz Air, Ryanair and Latvian national carrier airBaltic, and is the largest airport in the Baltic states with direct flights to 80 destinations in 30 countries. Read More »

  • Member News: New for 2017: WEL-200 WIRELESS EDGE LINK from EMX Industries

    The WEL-200 system by EMX Industries provides a complete wireless solution for interfacing sensing edges with gate and door operators. The Wireless Edge Link eliminates the wiring between the safety edge and operator control box reducing labor and material costs. Compliant with 2016 UL325 standards, the WEL-200 is compatible with Read More »

  • Historic Town’s Business Owners Petition for On-Street Parking’s Return

    In the six months since a flash flood devastated historic Ellicott City, Md., 70 of 90 restaurants and shops have managed to reopen, but their owners say there’s a huge speed bump in the way of their success: on-street parking that’s still closed to visitors. Main Street, where most of Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Transformational Services and Efficiencies

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members This archived webinar will demonstrate great leadership strategies learned from Walt Disney World with specific tactics around strategies for parking and transportation. As a large commuter school, ease of access and ease of parking remain at the apex of Florida International Read More »

  • All About Development

    By Robert Fries, CAPP One of Virginia Beach’s core parking goals is continuous training and ongoing education. We believe shared knowledge is one of the necessary traits to establish a high performing organizational culture that values people and the talent they bring every day. As part of Virginia Beach’s commitment Read More »

  • Submissions Due! Parking Solutions Student Competition — February 15, 2017

    February 15, 2017 is the last day for students to enter their innovative parking idea into the Parking Solutions Student Competition. Your parking innovation will be considered by our judges for recognition as the Next Big Idea in parking. Big prizes and a free trip to New Orleans is in your Read More »

  • Proactive vs. Reactive

    By Jason M. Jones While walking back to the office from a successful problem-solving site visit, I was stopped abruptly by a high-level university administrator. She’s having challenges with her reserved parking space and was having one at that particular moment. She thanked me for coming to see the situation Read More »

  • Parking Technology Keeps Cops Safe

    Technology designed for parking may well be on its way to saving the lives of police officers around the U.S. Taking heed of an uptick in ambushes on police officers parked on the street, popular police-car manufacturer Dodge has repurposed its rear-facing ultrasonic parking sensors in cars made for law Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud promotes parking at Aberdeen Airport

    ParkCloud is very pleased to announce a new partnership with Aberdeen Airport, offering spaces at 3 car parks with immediate effect. Aberdeen Airport is the third largest in Scotland, and the UK’s 14th largest airport – serving over 3.8 million passengers in 2015. With an average 7.8% growth per annum Read More »

  • Member News: Ace Parking Expands Hotels by 16 Hotel Properties Across Nation

    February 9, 2017 San Diego, CA – Ace Parking, a privately-held, nationwide operational and innovation specialist of valet parking, parking automation, transportation and event logistics has recently expanded its hotel division by sixteen hotel properties across the nation during the fourth quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017. The Read More »

  • Epic and Legendary

    By Kim Fernandez It’s o’dark-thirty—6:15 a.m. in February–in an airport parking garage. There’s a sad, empty, disposable coffee cup in my left hand, a suitcase handle in my right (because the bag tips over if I let go), and I’m summoning every last ounce of patience on a crowded platform Read More »

  • Parking Anxiety is Real

    By Victor A. Hill, CAPP, MPA Seriously. Google it and the first result is a blog post about anticipatory car park anxiety. So how do we mitigate it? Let’s start a conversation. I’m interested in common concerns expressed by customers and it would be great to hear from operations of Read More »

  • Too Much Parking?

    The parking industry has come a long way as part of the greater transportation system, embracing its role in a multi-modal-focused, new way of thinking about the ways people get around. But has it already been overdone? A new study by Smart Growth America and Reid Ewing at the University Read More »

  • The Super Bowl in Houston

    By Nicole Chinea, CAPP As I type the title of this post, the first thing that comes to mind is the old saying, “It takes a village.” Houston was home to the 2017 Super Bowl. Texas bleeds football and screamed with pride to host such an event. Upon selection more Read More »

  • Online Course: Transportation Demand Management: Parking Strategies

    Level: Foundational/basic course. About the course:   This course will review Transportation Demand Management strategies with a focus on those involving parking. These strategies will be illustrated using examples from various organizations that have used TDM successfully to improve employee and patron commutes, improve the overall transportation experience, and help mitigate Read More »

  • New Casino, New Parking, Old Cemetery

    Slot machines, card games, and a cemetery. In the middle of the parking lot. Odd? Yes, but also reality for the new del Lago Resort and Casino in New York, which had to build its parking around a generations-old cemetery the state said it couldn’t relocate. Now surrounded by a Read More »

  • How’s the Weather?

    By Cindy Campbell Last November, IPI members were asked to participate in a survey about inclement weather. The responses were great! We learned a few new things (think generational communication preferences) and received members’ best advice from lessons learned. All in all, an interesting read. One of the most consistent Read More »

  • State and Regional Associations’ Best Practices

    These best practices showcase effective ways state and regional associations can be successful and productive, sometimes while having fun doing it! IPI is pleased to share these updates and best practices as formulated by some of the most respected professionals in the parking profession. State and Regional Associations’ Best Practices

  • Input Requested: Coordinating Downtown Parking Assets

    By David Hill, CAPP As we know, attitudes toward the use of personal vehicles are changing and most modern cities are actively pursuing methods of reducing automobile traffic and its related infrastructure. Where past practice has been to “build for future capacity” (build more parking stalls than are actually required), Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — February 2, 2017

    This session is full. Learn about upcoming Parksmart Advisor trainings here. Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Read More »

  • The Super Bowl and Your Operation

    By Nichole Crossland With the Super Bowl coming to Houston, everyone in the city is preparing to receive thousands of visitors and fans to our city. There is no better time for all us managing parking and transportation to shine. Here are some questions we should all be asking ourselves Read More »

  • Phones and Parking: More than We Think

    By Matt Feagins What lies ahead in the intersection of mobile phones and their potential for good in the world of parking? A lot of people in parking are working on allowing the customer to use cell phones to facilitate payment. This is all well and good, but I am Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — January 31, 2017

    This session is full. Learn about upcoming Parksmart Advisor trainings here. Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Read More »

  • Smart Parking and Autonomous Vehicles

    Smart parking seems to be on everyone’s mind lately, even far beyond the parking industry. Navigant Research, which specializes in information about global clean technology markets, was featured in Forbes late last week for their research on how and why smart parking and automated technology will go hand-in-hand in the Read More »

  • Member News: Kiwi.com Selects ParkCloud for Parking Services

    January 16, 2017 Online travel agency Kiwi.com has chosen ParkCloud to provide its customers with parking reservation services. Kiwi.com is an online travel agency with a unique flight search algorithm, which allows customers to combine flights from airlines who do not usually collaborate onto a single itinerary, resulting in significant Read More »

  • Reading and Eating Fortune Cookies

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd As the key contact person for all IPI Conference education, I have the super-cool job of seeing the titles of all proposed presentations before the selection committee. This year, we asked submitters to create a clever or compelling title that piques interest and describes the educational Read More »

  • More from Our Experts

    IPI’s panel of experts answer a question in every issue of The Parking Professional. Here are some additional tidbits from a recent question—click here to see answers from the magazine. What’s your best strategy or tip for pricing parking for greatest efficiency and to balance availability and cost? Dan Kupferman, Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — January 26, 2017

    This session is full. Learn about upcoming Parksmart Advisor trainings here. Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Read More »

  • Proof: We Matter!

    By Liliana Rambo, CAPP During a recent training and development session for our managers, we decided to go out of the norm and expose them to areas of the parking, solicitation, and RFP process they do not get to deal with on a daily basis. The exercise was fun, engaging, Read More »

  • Member News: Ace Parking Partners with Western International University to Support Ace Employees in Reaching Their Higher Education Goals

    January 24, 2017 San Diego, CA – Ace Parking, a privately-held, nationwide provider of professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance and event logistics services to real estate owners and managers in a wide array of markets, has recently partnered with Western International University (West), an accredited university that has been Read More »

  • Member News: Propark Awarded Parking Facility Management Portfolio from Hudson Pacific Properties

    January 24, 2017 Media Contact: Dennis Safford dennis.safford@propark.com (860) 856-4104 Hartford, Connecticut – Propark America announced today that the company was awarded a portfolio of parking facilities throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles by Hudson Pacific Properties. “We’re excited and honored to assume management responsibility of these assets for Hudson Read More »

  • At a Glance: Mobile Apps for the Parking Industry

    What would we do without our smartphones and connected devices? With 1.2 billion apps1 (as of 2015) and a steady stream of new ones coming our way, consumers have access to the world at their fingertips. Millennials (not to mention every succeeding generation) have grown up with this technology and Read More »

  • 365 Days Big Green

    By Dan Ciarcia Today’s parking owners are innovating to maximize financial and environmental value while providing higher levels of service to customers. Parking designers are crafting solutions that capitalize on location, community, and water and energy resources. Owners are also embracing multi-mobility, alternative fuels, cycling, and connectivity to the community. Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor — Online, Instructor-Led Training — January 24, 2017

    This session is full. Learn about upcoming Parksmart Advisor trainings here. Parksmart Advisors lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Read More »

  • Autonomous Vehicles and the Moral Machine

    You’re driving down a busy city street when a child chases a ball into the road directly in front of you. You have a nanosecond to choose: Hit the child in the street or veer onto the sidewalk that’s teeming with people? Autonomous vehicles will face those sorts of choices, Read More »

  • Presidents: Past, Present, Future

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP Today is Inauguration Day and the D.C. Metro area is abuzz with activity and tons of visitors. Folks have been vigilant in their planning for transportation and parking. Some IPI members have been proactive in helping their customers have positive experiences on this overly congested Read More »

  • Member News: Apriva and Metric Parking Usher in Future of Parking Payments with Latest EMV-Certified Unattended Solution

    Comprehensive Solution Supports EMV PIN Ahead of Adoption Scottsdale, Ariz. and Wiltshire, U.K., January 19, 2017 — Apriva, the leading provider of secure end-to-end wireless transaction processing solutions, and Metric Parking, a leader in parking and ticketing payment solutions, announced today that they have completed EMV integration and certification on Read More »

  • Returning to Work After a Long Absence

    By Deara M. Person Today’s job market is extremely competitive. How can women who have separated from the workforce re-enter it? Re-entering the workforce after a long absence is challenging and women tend to face a multitude of hurdles when trying to return to work after family or medical leave. Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Adaptive Reuse — The Next Generation of Parking Facilities

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members     This archived webinar will demonstrate how the parking garage has evolved over the past century and it is still evolving. This webinar will address practical designs to accommodate future flexibility. Objectives: Illustrate sustainable goals that have influenced change in Read More »

  • How Do You Measure a Year?

    By Monica Arpino Another year has passed and with it inevitably come goals and resolutions for the next one. But before moving on, it’s important first to reflect on 2016 and the milestones already achieved. One way to do that is by taking a cue from “Seasons of Love,” a Read More »

  • The (R)Evolution of Public Outreach

    By Vanessa Solesbee As parking professionals, engaging the communities we serve in meaningful dialogue about their parking preferences and experiences is an undeniably important of our work. Many of us have learned the hard way that if decisions are made behind closed doors, our proposed projects, policy recommendations, and/or initiatives Read More »

  • A Video is Worth a Thousand Words

    Everyone loves a good video, right? They pop up on your Facebook feed, maybe shared by a friend who liked it, and we get to see and experience a slice of life. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and sometimes uplifting — the medium of video speaks to all of us, even Read More »

  • Parking Management and Limiting Access

    By Gorm Tuxen There has always been a clear separation between private and public parking. Parking facilities have traditionally been either private and public—it has generally been difficult to permit private parking at certain times and public parking at other times in the same facility. However, modern vehicle access control Read More »

  • Parking Lessons on the Fly

    Daniel Lassiter, CAPP, wasn’t thinking about work when he set out to teach his daughter how to fly fish, but it soon became apparent that the lessons of the river applied to parking as well: build trust, develop standards, organize, make decisions, delegate, take action, coach, and align performance for Read More »

  • Member News: Hörmann High Performance Doors Announces the Release of Their New BIM Objects on www.Hormann-Flexon.com

    Contact: Alice Permigiani – Marketing Director Phone: (800) 365-3667, ext. 323 Email: a.permigiani@hormann-flexon.com November 17, 2016  Burgettstown, PA – Hörmann High Performance Doors has developed its fabric and rigid high speed doors for BIM, and it is now available on their website at www.hormann-flexon.com/BIM. The data-rich content is available to Read More »

  • Turning of the Tables

    By Nicole Chinea, CAPP There have been three distinct paths of my parking career that have led me to my current position in this multifaceted and awesome industry. I was on the owner side for the majority of my career. This involved being the mover, shaker, decision-maker, and such. During Read More »

  • Nobel? Here’s Your Parking Space.

    “You’ve won the Nobel Prize. What are you going to do now?” “Claim my reserved parking space!” Sound far-fetched? It’s actually not—check out this story about coveted reserved spaces for Nobel winners at the University of California, Berkeley. There’s a whole row of spots just for Nobel Laureates and they Read More »

  • Cheerleaders and Free Parking

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM We’re just past the time of year where many of us rush to finish holiday shopping and errands and from one commitment to the next where businesses are hosting us at appreciation events and cocktail parties. The mailbox begins to fill up with greetings and expressions Read More »

  • Member News: Naples International Airport Signs Deal with ParkCloud

    ParkCloud is very pleased to announce that Naples International Airport has chosen its marketing channels. The deal sees two busy car parks at the airport offered to all customers across the ParkCloud network, and are also included in a range of brand partnerships ParkCloud has in place. Naples International Airport Read More »

  • Moving Forward: The Next Big Idea

    By Stephanie Santoro What are the best ways to encourage and enable ridesharing among drivers? Smartphone apps? Eco-friendly vehicle incentives? Urban planning? Cooperative programs between public transportation and private vehicle owners? I know I’d be first in line to carpool with a work buddy who had the self-flying smart car Read More »

  • Say It Loud, I Love Parking and I’m Proud!

    By Vanessa R. Cummings We parking professionals are unique in our passion for parking and transportation. We find ourselves more bothered by illegal parkers than the average person and do not follow the rationale of the perpetrators, who have stories as to why they were only parked for a few Read More »

  • Art and the Garage: Baltimore

    Tiffany James, communications manager with the Parking Authority of Baltimore City, liked Robert Fries’s recent post about some great garage art in Virginia Beach so much that she sent us a note about her new installation up the highway. The parking authority installed a photographic mural outside a garage near Read More »

  • Member News: The Lancaster Parking Authority Streamlines On-Street Parking Operations in 2017

    Lancaster, PA – November 8, 2016 –The Lancaster Parking Authority (LPA) will assume management of on street enforcement of the city parking ordinances beginning on January 1, 2017. Oversight includes parking enforcement during street sweeping days, enforcement in residential permit parking areas, at downtown meters and loading zones and in Read More »

  • Year in Review 2016

    The annual recap highlights IPI news, events, programs, and more. Year in Review 2016

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    Ditching Drivers

    Ditching Drivers By Jess McInerny, SE What parking professionals need to know now to prepare for a new world of driverless cars.  How will parking differ in the future? If you are investing right now, given 30 to 50 years of building use, what should you consider to improve the Read More »

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    A New System for Abu Dhabi

    A New System for Abu Dhabi By Mohammed Al Muhairi and Tope Longe Managing the conflicting priorities of parking management. Parking pricing remains an important aspect of parking management. The need to set prices at a level that is effective for road space management and to redress the gap between parking Read More »

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    Profitable Pricing

    Profitable Pricing By Saloni Firasta Vastani, PhD How new trends in pricing models can benefit the parking industry. Why is price so important? A study conducted by Hinterhuber in 2004 shows that a small increase in price can increase or decrease profitability by 20 to 50 percent. That seems like Read More »

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    AN EARLY OUT? NOT SO FAST.

    AN EARLY OUT? NOT SO FAST. How to evaluate an early retirement offer and see if it’s the right move for you. In today’s corporate environment, cost cutting, restructuring, and down­sizing are the norm, and many employers are offering their employ­ees early retirement packages. But how do you know if Read More »

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    LESSONS ON THE FLY

    LESSONS ON THE FLY Developing parking managers and teaching kids to fly fish: They’re the same thing.  The ability to develop talented managers for a career in the park­ing industry can be as challenging as teaching a child to fly fish. Though frustrating at times, I can assure you the Read More »

  • Parking Makes Everything Better

    By Nichole Crossland I live in Houston, a city with a longstanding reputation for big trucks, long drives, and traffic jams. I grew up here and left in 2003 to pursue an environmental degree on the West Coast. To my pleasant surprise, when I returned in 2014, I came home Read More »

  • What’s Your Good Health Worth?

    By Casey Jones, CAPP An epidural steroidal injection to the lumbar 5 sacral 1 area. That’s what my doctor prescribed to treat a tear in the tissue around a disk in my back. Probably from too much running, he said. As I lay waiting for the procedure to begin I Read More »

  • From Toilet Paper to Heels

    By Vanessa Cummings, CAPP, M.Div. I recently had two separate experiences that reminded me parking is more than just about cars — it is about customer service. I was staying at a downtown hotel in Philadelphia a few weeks ago for a connectional (international) church conference. The meeting drew thousands Read More »

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    GOING UP

    GOING UP Villanova University expands a garage skyward, increasing capacity and campus visibility. By William F. Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB As part of the Campus Master Plan implementation at Villanova University, outside Philadelphia, Pa., there was a need for additional parking on campus. Phase 1 consisted of the creation of new surface parking lots and the vertical Read More »

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    PARKSMART FAQ: A PRIMER ON THE GROUNDBREAKING GARAGE CERTIFICATION ROGRAM

    PARKSMART FAQ: A PRIMER ON THE GROUNDBREAKING GARAGE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C What is Parksmart? Parksmart (formerly Green Garage Certification) is the only sustainability rating system designed for parking structures, featuring parking and transportation-specific measures that address the unique challenges and opportunities to increase efficiency and sustainability Read More »

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    A Beautiful Thing

    A Beautiful Thing By Mitch Karon, CAPP How a municipal parking authority uses outdoor advertising to lend spark to its garages while boosting revenue.  During my 16 years as executive director of the New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA), I have personally been involved with the development and construction of four parking garages. Read More »

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    Recognizing Excellence

    Recognizing Excellence IPI’s 2016 Professional Recognition Program awardees serve as leaders, mentors, and inspirations for the industry. LOTS OF PEOPLE EMBODY THE “PROFESSIONAL” in “parking professional,” but there are those who do it in a way that not only leads their individual organizations to success, but inspires everyone around them to work a little harder, smile Read More »

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    Gorgeous The 2016 IPI Awards of Excellence

    Gorgeous The 2016 IPI Awards of Excellence WOW, WHAT A GREAT PARKING GARAGE! It’s not something in the general lexicon, but we’re hearing it more and more, as designers and parking professionals design lots and structures that are functional, sustainable, and sometimes drop-dead gorgeous. IPI’s Awards of Excellence recognize those Read More »

  • What We Do

    It’s Greatest Hits week on the Parking Matters Blog. We hope you enjoy some highlights of the past year during the last week of 2016. Happy holidays! By Irma Henderson, CAPP Parking professionals often have difficulties explaining what we do to people on the outside. As it is, my family Read More »

  • Member News: “Food for Fines” Holiday Food Drive Experiences Another Successful Campaign

    Did your parking organization implement a Food (or Toys) for Fines program this year? IPI wants to hear about it! Please contact Helen Sullivan at sullivan@parking.org. LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2016) – The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) announced today that $13,000 in citations were “paid for” with 8,300 food items Read More »

  • Survey Says…

    By Helen Sullivan Based on the tremendous number of responses to IPI’s Member Survey, if you are reading this post, you’ve probably taken the survey. Thank you! I have to admit I’m a bit of a marketing research nerd, and maybe this is embarrassing, but I’ve peeked at the survey Read More »

  • Garage Technology in San Francisco

    By Frank Nagle A quandary for many municipalities with an aging transportation infrastructure—in this instance, public garages—is how to effectively integrate 21st century technology in to properties designed in the 20th century. Such is the case for the City & County of San Francisco. With several of its municipal garages Read More »

  • Member News: Ace Parking to Provide INRIX with Real-Time Parking Data for the Connected Car

    Contact: Kristin Ludwick Tel.: 619-233-6624 Email: Kristin_ludwick@aceparking.com San Diego, CA – December 21, 2016 – Ace Parking is pleased to announce an agreement with INRIX, the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, to provide real-time parking data for over 400 locations across the United States. Ace Parking Read More »

  • Wanted: Students with Innovative Solutions to Parking and Transportation Challenges to Enter International Competition

    Wanted: Students with Innovative Solutions to Parking and Transportation Challenges to Enter International Competition New, international competition strives to discover and showcase the Next Big Idea (ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Dec. 21, 2017) Are you a student with innovative ideas that might solve parking and transportation challenges? Here’s your chance to Read More »

  • Un-Parking Holiday Insanity

    By Pierre Koudelka I just purchased new cell phones for my wife and me for Christmas. At the store, the propaganda hasn’t changed. It starts with yelling that these new phones are clearer, faster, brighter, have better sound, take clearer pictures, offer the best apps. It’s the same baloney they Read More »

  • Season’s Greetings from IPI

    IPI’s Staff and Board of Directors wish everyone in the parking and transportation industry a wonderful holiday season.

  • Holiday Spirit on the Lot

    Searching for a little holiday spirit? Look no further than the Huffington Post UK and their story about what happened this week in a parking lot. Seems a driver had only one option—to park very close to another car. Fearing retribution, the driver left a note on the unoccupied vehicle Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Offers Parking at London City Airport with Immediate Effect

    The official car parks of London City Airport are now available to book with ParkCloud, who is very pleased to further it’s substantial network of airport car parks. London City Airport is an international airport located east of the City of London. Just a short distance from Canary Wharf, London’s Read More »

  • Member News: Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) Wants Your Presentation!

    The Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) has opened its call for presentations for the 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow, which is being held in the beautiful city of Ft Worth, Texas, from April 3-6, 2017. Visit http://www.texasparking.org/conferences/ for more information and submittal instructions. We look forward to hearing from Read More »

  • Abu Dhabi Considers High-Tech Enforcement

    Parking offenders in Abu Dhabi might soon face a little high-tech enforcement thanks to Mawaqif, which manages parking in the United Arab Emirates city. They’re considering installing sensors and cameras that will record when drivers stay in parking spaces past their paid time. Currently in the planning stages, the system Read More »

  • Negative Stories and Us

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE While traveling on the West Coast recently, I tuned in to a local radio station in time to catch the morning chatter, which was about—what else?—parking. The conversation wasn’t focused on parking availability or pricing, but instead about an individual parking attendant. The disc jockeys/dee-jays (are Read More »

  • Parking Isn’t Going Anywhere (a Contest)

    By Stephanie Santoro People are attached to their cars. When I was a kid, my dad treated his classic vehicles with such care, you’d think they were giant, rare gems. Even though he has dialed it back a notch these days and has reduced his fleet to one vehicle—a very Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Parking Enforcement for Frontline! — December 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members In this archived webinar we look at the reason for enforcement in the scheme of parking management. We explore the ethics of enforcement and the role of the Parking Enforcement Professional. Objectives: Discuss and understand the role of enforcement in successful parking Read More »

  • Thirty Minutes of Education (TME)

    State & Regional Association Committee Thirty Minutes of Education (TME) | Best Practices in Sponsorship  facilitated by Bonnie Watts Click the image below to access the full pdf slide deck, supporting documents and networking sheet. Click to download complete presentation.           Watch Here for a full visual and Read More »

  • Six Ways Hiring a Parking Consultant Can Save Time and Money, and Reduce Aggravation on Your Next Project

    Whether you’re an architect, urban planner, or head of a parking department, getting advice from a parking consultant at the earliest stages of a project can really pay off. When people enter a city, university, hospital, airport, or any other large institution, what are their critical first and last impressions? Read More »

  • CAPP? Recertify by December 31

    By Lauri Chudoba The deadline to renew your CAPP certification is quickly approaching and we want to make sure you’re aware of what needs to be done – before it’s too late! First, you’ll want to download the CAPP Recertification Guidelines to know what you need to have to recertify. Read More »

  • Conquering Your Fear of Writing

    By Kathleen Laney You are not alone. It’s a common fear. There is even a name for it—Scriptophobia. Often a result of previous unpleasant experiences, the fear of writing can creep deep into your psyche. You worry you will be rejected, ridiculed, criticized or embarrassed. Perhaps you think a reader Read More »

  • Got Lot? Save a Life

    What if your parking lot could save a teenager’s life? That’s the potential behind the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) program, which uses parking lots around the country to give teen drivers hands-on experience under the watchful eyes of race car drivers, law enforcement officers, and other experts Read More »

  • California Embraces Pedestrian Safety Legislation

    By Cindy Campbell California state lawmaker Bill Quirk was recognized by the California Public Parking Association during its recent annual conference, where the CPPA named him 2016 Legislator of the Year.  CPPA lauded Quirk for his work on legislation that allows insurers to offer a discount on a property owner’s Read More »

  • Oh What Fun!

    When the Today Show decides to dress up and spread holiday cheer, what costume do they pick? A parking professional, of course! Host Hoda Kotb geared up as a parking enforcement officer and handed out lots of fun “tickets” to unsuspecting New Yorkers this morning, with terrific results. Check out Read More »

  • Airport Shop Talk | Future Airport Parking Facility Needs

    Greetings! Please join us for a FREE online Airport ShopTalk on Wednesday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. PST (60 minutes) Rick Decker, CAPP, Manager – Parking Operations of Metropolitan Airports Commission will be facilitating the discussion on future airport parking facility needs in light of transportation network Read More »

  • Better Tech, Better Management

    By Dave Hill, CAPP I have worked for a lot of people in my career—some pretty smart and some less so—but I have learned something from each of them. One of my bosses told me once, “You cannot manage what you cannot measure,” and that has stuck with me. When Read More »

  • 2016 Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) Workshop & Trade Show

    Join the Parking Association of the Virginias for their Annual Fall Workshop and Trade Show at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. December 7-9 over 130+ parking professionals and vendors will gather for the largest parking & transportation conference in Virginia.

  • Art and the Garage: A New Take

    By Robert Fries, CAPP We can all agree that parking garages can be utilitarian, stark, and visually unappealing at times. Whether it is design, cost constraints, or construction limitations, function can override form and result in a structure without its own unique character or a lively and inviting sense of place. Read More »

  • 2016 Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) Winter Roundtable

    WINTER ROUNDTABLE  Have you registered yet? Free event for Parking & Transportation Professionals WHO: All parking & transportation professionals WHAT: Join TPTA for a free networking mixer on December 6 at 6 pm and then join us the following day for a free informative Roundtable. WHY: Meet colleagues, share knowledge and get plugged Read More »

  • Opening day of Parking Solutions Student Competition

    What is this competition? The International Parking Institute (IPI) Parking Solutions Competition is a design and development parking challenge for college students actively enrolled in an undergraduate institution or actively pursuing a graduate degree. The Challenge: Find an innovative new way to reduce single-occupant vehicles to maximize land use; increase Read More »

  • Parking Guidance for Santa’s Sleigh: There’s an App for That

    ’Tis the season for shopping, merriment, and packed parking lots. Some shopping centers and municipalities are taking matters into their own hands, launching seasonal apps to help customers find parking. Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Mich., added a parking feature to its app this month to help shoppers find parking Read More »

  • Member News: Gotogate partners with ParkCloud

    Gotogate, a member of the Etraveli AB group, have signed a contract with ParkCloud to provide its customers with online parking services. One of the largest aircentric online travel agents in Europe, the group began in 1989 as one of the first e-commerce travel companies in Scandinavia. Gotogate secure its Read More »

  • A Place to Lay Your Head in New Orleans

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP Many of you will remember that the IPI Conference & Expo held earlier this year in Nashville oversold its sleeping room block until the hotel was completely sold out. While it’s great to fill our contracted sleeping room block, we don’t want our attendees having Read More »

  • Member News: Ace Parking Expands into Las Vegas, NV and partners with Caesars Entertainment Group

    CONTACTS: Ace Parking Kristin Ludwick Tel. 619-233-6624 Email: Kristin_ludwick@aceparking.com Caesars Entertainment www.caesars.com/parking San Diego, CA, December 1, 2016 – Ace Parking, a privately-held, nationwide parking management company, announced today they have been selected by Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR), the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider, to implement and manage a paid Read More »

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    Weathering the Storm

    Weathering the Storm Simply put, life on Earth exists because of the presence of water. However, water is also a force of nature that can have incredible destructive capabilities. For that reason alone, it’s important for us as parking managers to understand how our operations affect our water resources, actively Read More »

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    365 Days Big Green

    365 Days Big Green by Megan Leinart, LEED AP BD+C Another year has come and gone, and what a year it was. In the parking industry, we have continued to see the public and private sectors embrace the latest and greatest sustainability initiatives and technologies. A new partnership between the IPI Read More »

  • More From Our Experts

    IPI’s panel of experts answer a question in every issue of The Parking Professional. Here’s a recent question and some great answers—check out more here. We hear a lot about shared parking, especially in urban areas. How is it actually working? Leonard T. Bier, CAPP, JD Principal Bier Associates Shared Read More »

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    PARKING ANALYTICS

    PARKING ANALYTICS An Industry Snapshot                       TPP 2016-12 Parking Analytics

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    FUTURE VISION

    FUTURE VISION Parking during its first 100 years evolved slowly and linearly, much like the evolution of the automobile in the same time period. It was all about the car and the space. The next 100 years will be as different as the computer on which I am now writing Read More »

  • Parking Goes to the Horses

    By Faith Altman The Lancaster County Amish are the oldest and largest Amish settlement in the U.S. The Old Order Amish generally live in the southern end of Lancaster County. When traveling through this area, you seem to step back in time and enjoy a much slower pace—the horse and Read More »

  • 2016 Florida Parking Association (FPA) Annual Conference & Trade Show

    Join FPA as they celebrate their 37th year, surrounded by 1,200 acres of well-preserved wetlands, and two world-class ChampionsGate golf courses at the world-class Omni Orlando ChampionsGate Resort. With more than 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest parking products/services, sponsorships/support from industry leaders nationwide, and two days of educational Read More »

  • Parksmart Certification Standard

    Parksmart Certification Standard is the detailed reference manual for Parksmart certification (formerly Green Garage Certification), the transformational rating system defining and recognizing sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design, and technology. The standard contains technical requirements for each of the 48 discrete elements of the program, including descriptions, options Read More »

  • Parking Garage as Art Canvas

    By Lauren Nelson It took a bit of persuasion but a beautiful mural in an usually overlooked area is becoming a tourist attraction. Garage placemaking is a trend sweeping the parking industry. Stimulated by the green garage movement Parksmart, the idea of placemaking helps people see the garage as part Read More »

  • Illinois Launches Crackdown on Parking Violators

    The holiday shopping season has officially kicked off and that means more demand for parking at malls and in busy downtown areas. In Illinois, it also means a crackdown on illegal users of parking spaces reserved for the disabled. Secretary of State Jesse White announced stepped-up enforcement efforts throughout the Read More »

  • Member News: Quercus Technologies appoints new Sales Managers in the US and in ASEAN region

    Quercus Technologies is pleased to announce that Allan Witten has recently joined our team as the new Sales Manager in the US market. Allan has a customer-oriented profile and a solid engineering background and he will seek to expand our expertise in this area and contribute to the growth of Read More »

  • Got Lighting? DOE Needs 10 Minutes

    IPI members are invited to participate in a 10-minute questionnaire to provide data about parking garage and lot lighting inventory to the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting Program. Data will be part of the next update to the Lighting Market Characterization, which provides an estimated lighting inventory of installed Read More »

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    A New Home Base

    by Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP  IPI builds a new website for members and the parking community. IPI has a new online look, but our new website is far more than just a costume change. When IPI staff and the Board of Directors made the decision to launch a new Read More »

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    Community Assets

    By Natasha Labi, CAPP  The intrinsic value of parking enforcement officers to their neighborhoods. ON AN OLD EPISODE OF “PARKING WARS,” a Philadelphia parking enforcement officer (PEO) walked solemnly back to his vehicle as an irate parking violator hurled such vulgar profanity in his direction that mandatory Federal Communications Commission bleeping Read More »

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    Passing the Baton

    by Monica Tanksley  Raising the Next Generation of Parking and Transportation Leaders HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED A TRACK AND FIELD RELAY RACE? As the lead runner on each team runs the first part of the race, the next runner gets prepared. The runner anxiously times his or her teammate’s arrival and Read More »

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    Leaving the Desk

    by Gloria Gallo, CAPP Looking for insight into your parking operation? Spend a day with a frontline professional. AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FORT LEE, N.J., PARKING AUTHORITY (LPA), I find it critical to spend time out on the street with my employees from time to time to get an idea of the issues they encounter on a regular basis. Read More »

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    Unleashing the Beast

    by Vanessa R. Cummings, CAPP, M.Div. Bringing the BEAST to customer service. The beast is a process for you to put into practice every day, especially in difficult or unusual situations or when someone tries to take you over the limit.  HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PUSHED TO YOUR PARKING LIMIT? Have Read More »

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    Constant Progress

    IPI’s volunteer leaders have been hard at work via the association’s committees, advancing the parking profession with programs, initiatives, and research. Here’s what they’ve been doing so far this year. Awards of Excellence Committee IPI’s Awards of Excellence competition for new facilities, surface lots, innovative programs, sustainable new construction, and restoration of existing structures never ceases to Read More »

  • Access Parking

    By Donald Shoup The most emotional topic in transportation planning is parking. When it comes to parking, rational people quickly become emotional and staunch conservatives turn into ardent communists. Critical and analytic faculties seem to shift to a lower level when thinking about parking. Some people strongly support market prices—except Read More »

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    Staying Put

    by Geary Robinson What it means to shelter in place and how to know it’s the right decision during a crisis. In the first grade at Washington Elementary School, Lawton, Okla., the bell rang and our teacher instructed us to leave our classroom, line up in the hallway, turn and face Read More »

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    More Than Acronyms

    by Mark D. Napier, CAPP Why parking professionals need to understand NIMS and ICS and what each can do in a disaster. It is important for all parking professionals to understand the basic tenants of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). The fundamentals of Read More »

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    Parking Safety by Design

    by Khurshid Hoda Crime prevention through environmental design boosts safety with relatively easy steps for both new builds and existing-structure retrofits. SAFETY AND SECURITY are important aspects of operating a successful parking structure. Part of developing an effective parking structure includes helping ensure that design elements support a safe and Read More »

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    Big Events Big Challenges

    How sport safety and security are greatly enhanced by parking and now, by IPI. SOME OF THE BIGGEST SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE WORLD HAPPEN IN SPORTS, and perhaps nowhere are there more people parking in a compact area at a single time. Sporting events bring unique security challenges, and many Read More »

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    Two Plain Hamburgers. No Fries.

    by Cindy Campbell Very few of us have ever received specific training on effective listening. My first formal course on the topic came in a workshop about Steven Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Covey talks about listening skills, or more appropriately, the lack thereof. One of the Read More »

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    A Smart Approach to Parking Technology Interfaces

    By Steven Grant and Michele Krakowski The parking industry is at a strategic inflection point. We are in the midst of an avalanche of new players and cutting-edge solutions to enhance or replace traditional parking systems. Owners now realize two things: There is a vast number of parking technologies on the Read More »

  • Buckle Up Travelers: Delays Ahead

    Traveling this Thanksgiving holiday? At least one travel analytics expert is warning U.S. drivers they may have a long road ahead. INRIX last week released its annual Thanksgiving traffic forecast, which says drivers may be less than thankful for all their neighbors on the road this year. According to the Read More »

  • What University Business Officers are Reading

    By Helen Sullivan Parking Matters® to the National Association of University Business Officers (NACUBO). The cover story of a recent issue of their magazine, Business Officer, features an article chock-full of quotes and references to IPI members and our Emerging Trends in Parking Survey. The article conveys important pro-parking messages Read More »

  • Four Tips for Easier Parking, Less Road Rage, and Fewer Tickets During the Holidays

    How to survive holiday parking challenges with your safety, security, and sanity intact. Alexandria, Va. — Economists are forecasting increased sales this holiday season, and even with an increase in online purchases, more than 100 million consumers will shop at traditional retailers. The result? Long checkout lines, crowded stores, and Read More »

  • Member News: Norwegian Reward signs with ParkCloud

    November 18, 2016 ParkCloud is very pleased to be partnering with Norwegian Reward, offering customers ‘CashPoints’ on all airport car park bookings. Norwegian customers can earn CashPoints when they book airport parking, plus a wide selection of hotels or car rentals among other products, and then use the points to Read More »

  • New England Parking Council (NEPC) 2016 Municipal Forum

    The New England Parking Council will hold its 2016 Municipal Forum at Union Station on Friday, November 18th, 2016 in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts. This is your opportunity to share your experience, strategies and successes with municipal administrators, their staffs as well as parking and transportation professionals by signing up Read More »

  • Wonks Recognize Parking Professionals’ Value

    By Paul Wessel An academic transportation journal from the University of California Transportation Center and the University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness argues that how we manage parking is as, or perhaps more, important than how much parking we have. Richard Willson, professor and chair of urban and regional Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: The Path to APO — Benchmarking Success and Advancing Your Organization — November 16, 2016

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members This session will present an overview of the new APO standard, and summarize the range of industry practices and features that are state of the industry in institutional, municipal, medical, university, airport, private, and other parking programs nationally and internationally. This Read More »

  • Donating Food in Exchange for Parking Fines Emerges as a Holiday Trend

    Parking industry gives back as cities trade food donations for the hungry in exchange for parking ticket fines. Alexandria, Va. — Paying a parking ticket can make anyone feel like Scrooge, but what if your payment could help feed those in need? This holiday season, a growing number of cities are Read More »

  • The Struggle is Real

    By Amy Zaid With all the new and upcoming technology in the parking industry you might think something simple wouldn’t be hard to find! In July 2016, we automated an event-driven garage in Houston, Texas. We primarily intended to increase revenue, reduce costs, and enhance the tenant and visitor parking Read More »

  • Parking Smarter (and Greener)

    By Brian Shaw, CAPP  As the U.S. attempts to heal and come together following a contentious and acrimonious presidential election, the parking industry offers an inspiring example of how two opposing sides can reconcile and come together. You may remember a few years ago when the United States Green Building Read More »

  • Parking Attendant Causes a Stir

    Social media accounts in Coalisland, Ireland, and local-road traffic went a little crazy last Thursday as drivers slowed down, pointed at, photographed, and documented … a parking warden. Why? Because they couldn’t remember seeing one in a very long time. Coalisland was discovered to be a bit of a parking-enforcement Read More »

  • Gulf Traffic 2016

  • Thanking our Veterans

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd Growing up in a house with a father who was in the Navy was interesting. I got to hear the stories and re-live the patriotic duties my dad was assigned. He was one of the Navy crew aboard the USS Lake Champlain aircraft carrier commissioned June Read More »

  • No Decal? No Problem

    Excerpted from the September 2016 issue of Business Officer, the publication of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). By Margo Vanover Porter These days, when students and visitors pull up to a parking meter on a campus, they expect multiple payment options, whether they stay five minutes Read More »

  • Last Chance to Submit Photo Contest Entries

    Calling all shutterbugs — it’s your last chance to enter The Parking Professional’s photo contest ! You could win a free online course from IPI or a free registration to the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo. All you have to do is send us your best parking photos in these Read More »

  • EV Infrastructure to Get Massive Charge

    The White House this week announced plans to launch 48 electric vehicle (EV) charging networks in 35 states and along 25,000 miles of highway, while 28 states are teaming up with major vehicle manufacturers and EV service providers to boost charging availability elsewhere on those corridors. Several other states also Read More »

  • Committee Work: Finding the Balance

    By Jason M. Jones Many of us have been asked to serve on a committee, task force, or steering group and often jump on the chance to not only support our industry but more importantly, our colleagues. I always view it as a great honor to have someone reach out Read More »

  • Member News: New Loop-less Vehicle Detector from EMX Industries

    The CarSense CS303-L Logic Interface expands the application of the CS303 single cut vehicle detector into one channel, two channel and directional detection installations. The flexibility of the CS303-L Logic Interface enables the user to configure it in a similar fashion as a single or two-channel inductive vehicle detector. The Read More »

  • Parking Technology, Hospitals, and Loyalty

    By Chris McKenty Hospitals find themselves under continuous competitive pressure and are constantly looking for ways to attract new patients. One great way to do that is by making the parking experience easier. Automating access control equipment appeals to patients who hate having to wait in line to leave a Read More »

  • Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition (PACE) 2016

    As the largest Parking event in Australia , over two days PACE 2016 will showcase new technologies and innovations in parking whilst providing an interactive conference featuring international and local speakers.

  • Adaptive Reuse and Parking Design: The New Trend

    Driving habits are changing. We’ve heard it over and over the last year or so, and the parking industry is working hard to ensure that whatever new habits become dominant in the future will be reflected in effective and efficient design and management of parking facilities. Last week, Wired got Read More »

  • Making Waves and Headlines

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE On November 1, 1948, Henry S. Truman, the Democratic candidate for President of the United States, went to bed thinking about the inevitable—that he would lose the election to Thomas E. Dewey. The outcome was so certain, the Chicago Daily Tribune printed the infamous headline, “Dewey Read More »

  • Doing Well, Doing Good

    Gary Means, CAPP, is no stranger to community service. He’s the guy behind the Food for Fines drive in Lexington, Ky., that collected more than 10,000 cans of food for the needy last year. This year, he’s trying something a little different: spending 24 hours outside to draw attention to Read More »

  • A Green Lot Opens

    Paul Wessel, director of market development at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), last week made remarks at the opening of Connecticut’s first “green” parking lot (read about it here). We liked them so much we wanted to share them here: Mayor Harp has called us all to embrace a Read More »

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    In Pursuit of APO

      In Pursuit of APO By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C Would you like to benchmark your organization? Streamline your operations? Evaluate your training program? Motivate your leadership? Pursue accreditation and you will be well on your way to achieving all of the above. Accredited Parking Organization (APO) is Read More »

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    Strength and Harmony 

    Strength and Harmony  Understanding specific personal strengths and talents to successfully work with all kinds of people. By Diane C. Confer, CAPP, CPA How many different assessments have we all taken to find out who we are, how we lead,   how we learn, and how we handle situations? I can Read More »

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    Thinking Ahead

    Thinking Ahead By Sanjay Pandya, PE Facilitating immediate or future adaptive reuse of parking structures.  Technology and advances in society are affecting current thinking related to mobility and directly affecting traffic, transportation, and parking. What will the future hold? Will parking demands increase, decrease, or simply change? What will become of Read More »

  • Take IPI’s Inclement Weather Survey and You Could Win a Free Webinar

    IPI is researching best practices for inclement weather and weather emergencies for parking organizations. This initiative will provide resources to improve the safety and security of parking patrons, staff, and facilities. Your participation is invaluable in determining how our industry addresses and prepares for weather emergencies and what additional resources Read More »

  • Unexpected Detours: All in a Day’s Work

    By Josh Cantor In September, I wrote an article for The Parking Professional about the many presidential and presidential candidate visits we have handled at George Mason University in my 11 years here. On cue, right after the article was published, we had First Lady Michelle Obama on campus. It Read More »

  • IPI Professional Development Course: Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Site Reviewer Training — November 1, Garden Grove, Calif.

    This IPI training is presented in conjunction with the 2016 Annual California Public Parking Association (CPPA) Conference & Trade Show. Registration is managed by CPPA. REGISTER HERE. The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program is IPI’s newest credential and establishes a benchmark of the quality by which a parking management organization conducts its Read More »

  • IPI Professional Development Course: Customer Service and Conflict Resolution Training — November 1, Garden Grove, Calif.

    This IPI training is presented in conjunction with the 2016 Annual California Public Parking Association (CPPA) Conference & Trade Show. Registration is managed by CPPA. REGISTER HERE. Customer Service This course provides attendees with basic concepts related to the delivery of customer service. Topics include the dimensions of customer service, customer Read More »

  • Pumpkin Carving and the Importance of Having Fun

    By Liliana Rambo, CAPP Sometimes we take the little things for granted, like having fun with our colleagues. While attending a Texas Parking and Transportation Association roundtable at DFW Airport last month, I was reminded that one important element to a balanced everyday work life is employee engagement and having Read More »

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    Experts Needed

    by Pierre Koudelka Why the way your RFPs are written is setting you up for disappointment and what the industry can do about it. As it pertains specifically to parking access and revenue control systems (PARCS), your RFP may not be getting you what you intend. In my career as a manufacturer and consultant of Read More »

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    Ahead of the Train

    By Robert Ferrin and Brett Wood, PE, CAPP Building a parking program from the ground up.  What if you could build a parking program from scratch? Where would you start? What would your central tenets be? How would you integrate the wealth of knowledge gained by parking professionals during the past Read More »

  • Wow Your Customers

    By Dennis Snow Three keys for delivering great service.  The term “customer service” evokes different images in people’s minds. One image could be that of friendly, smiling, helpful employees who go out of their way to serve you. Or it could be the opposite—indifferent, unfriendly employees who can’t wait for you Read More »

  • Member News: Launch of inaugural ‘ParkCloud Parking Awards’

    20/10/2016 This November, ParkCloud will be holding its first ever ‘Parking Awards’. Since it was founded in 2008, ParkCloud has always been passionate about promoting fantastic car parking operators. Gaining a considerable international presence over the years, in order to monitor over 1,700 car parks in 39 countries, ParkCloud highly Read More »

  • IPI Rocks Music City

    By Kim Fernandez This May, the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo offers more than ever before. Nobody knows more about staying in tune than the people of Nashville, Tenn.—Music City, USA. And nobody knows more about staying in tune with parking than IPI, the biggest association of professionals in the industry. Read More »

  • Newbie to Newbie: On Speaking Up

    By Rita Pagan I recently came across the below picture on social media and liked it so much that I printed it out and hung it at my desk. Not only was it humorous, but it reminded me to speak up and not be afraid to voice my opinion. It’s Read More »

  • Member News: Parkmobile, Mobile Parking Payments Giant, Teams Up With Smarking To Offer Clients State Of The Art Data Analytics Software

    San Francisco, CA, October 26, 2016 – Smarking, the parking industry’s leading provider of data analytics software, and Parkmobile, the leading provider of mobile-enabled parking and mobility-related services, announced today an official partnership and integration. Through this partnership, the two companies hope to empower their mutual client base with cutting Read More »

  • Hold that Post

    by John V. Collins, CAPP What hiring managers say employees and candidates should think about before using social media, even on their own time.  I know I am getting up there in age and have to accept that technology may be starting to pass me by (if you ask my Read More »

  • Rethinking Transit

    by Steven Higashide What’s next for the commuter parking benefit? LATE LAST YEAR, Congress finally permanently addressed a longstanding imbalance in the federal tax code that allowed commuters to exclude up to $250 per month from their income toward the cost of parking associated with their trip to work, but Read More »

  • The Same, Only Different

    by Clement Gibson, CAPP, and Adam Isen, CAPP How two cities approach meter modernization in different ways to get similar great results. Motor sports may not be the only thing Charlotte, N.C., and Indianapolis, Ind., have in common. Meter modernization has been happening in Charlotte since 2006, while Indy hit the Read More »

  • Smarter than the Average Detective

    by Charlie Francis   How municipal parking finance professionals can catch parking bandits with data visualization.  I FIRST ENCOUNTERED the parking industry in the early 1970s as an entry-level accountant. I had to manually count the number of parked cars in each of Denver’s public parking lots between downtown and what Read More »

  • Big Data and Dynamic Pricing

    By Kelly Clonts The parking industry lacks “industry standard.” Part of this is due to the localized characteristics of each parking location: Even two parking garages in the same city and of the same size might have completely different demand and use patterns based on ease of entry, nearby competition, Read More »

  • Rolling It

    by Mark A. Vergenes Changing jobs? 401(k) rollovers come with lots of choices. Learn how to make the best ones.  If you’re changing jobs, you may be wondering what to do with your 401(k) plan account. No matter what stage you are in your career or how close you are Read More »

  • Oh Canada! EMV Lessons Learned North Of The Border

    By Renee Smith, JD, MBA Parking owners and operators shouldn’t shy away from EMV conversion; they just need to look north for guidance. Owners and operators across Canada went through the process a decade ago, so they’ve already experienced the growing pains and overcome the challenges. PIN entry for chip-enabled Read More »

  • ICE PARKING

    By Ryan J. Givens, CAPP The unusual parking challenges faced at Penn State (and the creative solutions that worked) when a new ice arena was constructed on campus.  What university wouldn’t love a brand-new ice arena for its hockey team? While it was certainly exciting (for all the right reasons) Read More »

  • BECOMING OUTSTANDING

    By Cindy Campbell Customer service is an interesting thing, isn’t it? As with most service industries, it seems as if parking agencies talk about customer service and how to deliver it ad nauseam. We all want to be on the receiving end of superior service delivery, but many still struggle Read More »

  • Archived Webinar: Cracking the Code to Sustaining a Customer Service Culture

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members In this webinar, the key tactics that can be used to sustain a customer service culture within your organization will be reviewed. The webinar will give you practical solutions to implement with limited time and dollars including: refresher training ideas, reward Read More »

  • PARKING AUTHORITIES AND PARKING UTILITIES

    By Leonard T. Bier, JD, CAPP   Virtually all municipalities recognize the importance of providing on- and off-street parking for residents, visitors, shoppers, and persons employed within their cities. However, not every municipality realizes the importance of integrating all aspects of providing public parking within the framework of a parking Read More »

  • VEEP: Evaluating Ventilation Efficiency

      By Frank Nagle While most, if not all, subscribers to The Parking Professional magazine are well aware of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign, it’s a safe bet they’ve never heard of Ventilation Energy Efficiency in Parking (VEEP). Consider this, then, a first step in heralding the Read More »

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    Case Study: Maintenance Planning

    By John Burgan, MS, PE There was a time when parking structure maintenance was new and somewhat frightening to municipalities. While no longer new, it continues to strain medium-sized communities, where a high demand for infrastructure spending combined with small revenue streams pinches budgets. Today’s discussions turn to operations, technology, Read More »

  • Member News: Walter P Moore Appoints New Leaders Of Award-Winning Parking Group

    Brian Lozano to guide Walter P Moore’s Parking Practice  Armen Megerdoomian oversees West Coast Parking Practice HOUSTON, TX — International engineering consultancy Walter P Moore announces that Brian Lozano, an 18-year industry veteran, will lead their firm-wide Parking Services group. In a simultaneous announcement, Armen Megerdoomian was named leader of Read More »

  • Member News: Parker Video Intercoms Signs 6 Dealers in First Week of Reseller Program

    (INDIANAPOLIS, October 25, 2016) Parker Video Intercoms, the exclusive provider of two-way face to face video intercoms to the parking industry, announced today that 6 regional PARCS dealers have signed up to become certified dealers in the 30 days since the Indianapolis-based rolled out the program in mid-October. Scott Gould, Read More »

  • Boosting Intelligence

      by Jason M. Jones An IPI task force takes on intelligent transportation systems and how they might work with parking, and members want your input.  As I write this, I’m heading off to the New York State Parking Association conference to see many old friends and hopefully meet a few Read More »

  • Facing the Sharks

    by Kim Fernandez  Last year’s IPI Park Tank™ contestants say the competition was fierce but came with huge benefits to their fledgeling companies. ARE YOU READY TO JUMP INTO THE PARK TANK™? IPI launched its live game show, modeled after television’s “Shark Tank,” at the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo in Las Read More »

  • Innovations and Processes

    By Michael Cramer Automation technology has swept into the parking industry. While we appreciate the advantages that automation provides, it also means parking managers need new methods to manage facilities. Earlier this year, we launched an initiative to review our processes to determine which needed modification or could be eliminated. Read More »

  • Myths Busted

    by Thomas E. Curtis, CAPP Will autonomous vehicles really lead to the demise of the parking garage?  Parking garages will be obsolete by 2025 (2020 if you believe Uber CEO Travis Kalanick). Of course, the paperless office was hinted at in 1964 and predicted by 1975. Decades later, the use of Read More »

  • Taming More than Lions

    by Bill Franklin, P.Eng. A new way of thinking about parking eliminates extreme road congestion at the Calgary Zoo. The Calgary Zoo had a really big problem: It was too popular. On warm, sunny days, excited children and accommodating parents filled family cars and SUVs in lines that stretched hundreds of Read More »

  • Getting Connected

    by Chris Chettle, CAPP; Mike Drow, CAPP; and Peter Lange Connectivity is the exploding technology trend of 2016. Are you on board? Refrigerators that help you create a shopping list, cars that provide real-time pressure information for each tire, roads that talk to vehicles to inform drivers of current driving conditions, and watches Read More »

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    The Winners of the Parking Professional’s 2015 Photo Contest Parking professionals show off their creative eyes in The Parking Professional’s annual photo contest, with amazing results. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR—photo contest time! Every year, IPI staff gather ‘round to judge the entries we get from parking professionals in Read More »

  • Watch It!

    By Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR I have have heard it said many times that if there is a choice between what you say and what you do, people will always pay attention to what you do. While I do not disagree with this statement, I would like to add another point of view Read More »

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    Preventative Maintenance is the Original Sustainability

    By Mike Mitchell As a manufacturer of protective coatings and preventive maintenance products, I might be accused by some readers of having a biased opinion. While that’s very much true, I can also make the case that protecting your existing parking facilities is the most sustainable and greenest option available. I’m going to focus Read More »

  • WHERE IT’S OK TO TALK BACK

    By Mark Santos, PE In the parking consulting arena, we work in different environments and provide a wide range of services to assist our clients: We work with everyone from well-established parking departments to those just starting at the ground level. We work with all sorts of budgets, from those Read More »

  • Making a Difference

    A woman in Montgomery, Ala., recently made it through a family crisis and told the local newspaper that much of the credit goes to a city parking attendant. Bronett Terrell was partway through her work day when she got a call that her sister in Florida was gravely ill and Read More »

  • Member News: Park at Pompei with ParkCloud

    20/10/2016 Partnering up with DS Management S.R.L., ParkCloud has gone live with a new car park called ‘Parking Zeus’ located next to the archaeological site Pompei. Just 50 meters from the main entrance to the excavations, the car park is located by the ‘Porta Marina Superiore’ entrance to the excavations Read More »

  • Lost in Translation

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM We’ve all seen the painful exchange between two individuals who did not speak the same language. Typically, you’ll see one person raising his or her voice or overemphasizing words as if that will make the recipient understand the message any better. Cultural differences play just as Read More »

  • White House Backs Smart Cities: So What?   

    The White House this week announced more than $300 million in funding to develop technology that will boost, in part, the Smart Cities initiative, which combines open data and the Internet of Things (IoT) to make cities more inhabitable and cleaner. What’s that mean for parking? Some people think a Read More »

  • Member News: WPS Re-Launches New ValiD™ Parking Ticket Validation System

    Los Angeles, CA – WPS USA, an industry leader in cutting edge parking solutions, is proud to introduce the ValiD™ barcode parking ticket validation transaction system, which processes ticket transactions over the Internet. Using TCP/IP-based touchscreen scanner stations and web-client software, the ValiD™ system is fully integrated with WPS model Read More »

  • Share This Video!

    We hope you’ll share this new IPI video that helps explain Why Parking Matters® to—well, everything (!): reducing congestion; creating sustainable, livable walkable communities; creating a frictionless driving experience; improving economic development; encouraging smart design; and so much more. All of that is featured in our two-minute video that we Read More »

  • Member News: Parking Forward, Inc. Officially Launches Vertical Market Brand in conjunction with BK Racing Team Sponsorship at Talladega Superspeedway for the Alabama 500

    Talladega (October, 18, 2016) – Parking Forward, Inc., new leaders in specialized parking management is pleased to announce the Associate Sponsorship with BK Racing and drivers David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto, and Jeffrey Earnhardt for the upcoming Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, October 21st – 23rd. This announcement comes as Parking Read More »

  • Parking Makes Everything Better

    By Nichole Crossland I live in Houston, a city with a longstanding reputation for big trucks, long drives, and traffic jams. I grew up here and left in 2003 to pursue an environmental degree on the West Coast. To my pleasant surprise, when I returned in 2014, I came home Read More »

  • Safe Parking for the Homeless

    Long Beach, Calif., became the next city in that state to take up the possibility of offering safe parking areas to people living in their cars or RVs. The city council, which recently enacted new parking restrictions for RVs and oversize vehicles, agreed to consider the idea at the request Read More »

  • Video: Why IPI

    Members share their stories about why being part of the IPI community has helped them learn, solve problems, advance their parking careers, and develop lifelong friendships.

  • Member News: The Harman Group Celebrates Grand Opening of Dalian on the Square

    Philadelphia, PA October 14, 2016 — The Harman Group (THG), a firm specializing in structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering, is proud to announce Dalian on the Square, a 520,000 square foot mixed use development, celebrated its grand opening on Friday, October 14. THG is the structural Read More »

  • Autumn is the Warmest Time of Year

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP I think autumn is the warmest time. Not because of high temperatures outside, but because I find it to be the most heartwarming time of year. The faint smell of smoke from the neighbor’s chimney, vibrantly colored leaves crunching under your feet, chilly football games, Read More »

  • Become a Car Seat Technician

    By Victor A. Hill, MPA, CAPP Offering child car seat inspections is a great way to promote your services and build partnerships. Parking and transportation operations are ideal locations because the facilities are —at the risk of stating the obvious—ideal places to park cars and assist families. Our university began Read More »

  • Carpool to the Train? Here’s Your VIP Parking

    It’s a not-unheard-of refrain: I’d happily take mass transit to work but I can’t find a place to park at the station. In Seattle, the local transit authority and a parking company have teamed up to solve that problem. Sound Transit, a commuter train service in the Central Puget Sound Read More »

  • Not a U.S. Citizen? Plan Your Estate

    By Mark A. Vergenes Last week, we talked about financial planning for non-U.S. citizens. If you’re in a marriage between an U.S. citizen and a non-U.S citizen, you may face additional wealth transfer challenges that require advance planning: Estate taxes work differently for non-citizens. When two U.S. citizens are married, Read More »

  • New York State Parking Association (NYSPA)’s 24th Annual Conference and Exposition

    The conference will welcome speakers for educational programs, trainings and workshops. The conference also offers a large exposition area with a diverse selection of vendors and service providers to the parking industry. We guarantee a great program and exposition coupled with NYSPA’s famous hospitality and penchant for creating a good Read More »

  • Hands-On for This Garage Art

    Parking garages have become popular sites for public art installations and for good reason—they’re a natural fit. But in a new twist, a garage in San Francisco hosted the community for a day of interactive, highly creative fun to introduce its newest art installation. The Moscone Center Garage introduced a Read More »

  • 2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign Award Winners Announced

    Annual LEEP awards honors organizations for cutting energy use in parking facilities (Los Angeles) – Oct. 5, 2016 – Today, the winners of the 2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign were announced. LEEP is an annual recognition of real estate owners that have achieved exceptional performance in parking Read More »

  • Three Bags Full

    By Cindy Campbell Last week, I boarded a regional flight headed to Houston. If you’ve ever been on a small regional jet, you’re able to envision the cramped passenger seating arrangements. I buckled into my first-row seat and settled in to read my emails. The solo flight attendant was busy Read More »

  • Emergency Preparedness Manual

    Parking-specific guidance on developing an emergency response plan for natural disasters, criminal activity, and other risks. View the Emergency Preparedness Manual.

  • Member News: CivicSmart Announces New EVP of Mobility Solutions

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. (October 4, 2016) – CivicSmart, Inc., an innovator of patented on-street parking sensors and other “Smart Parking” technologies, has announced the hiring of Gretchen Effgen, who will join the CivicSmart management team as Executive Vice President of Mobility Solutions for its emerging mobility division. A key component of Read More »

  • Not a U.S. Citizen? Plan Your Finances

    By Mark A. Vergenes “Foreign national” is a broad term that includes (from the perspective of the U.S.) both resident aliens (non-U.S. citizens who have established a legal domicile in the U.S. and have no intent to leave) and non-resident aliens (non-U.S. citizens who have not established domicile in the Read More »

  • Member News: Ace Parking launches PARK FOR PINK campaign for the third consecutive year

    San Diego, CA, October 5th, 2016 – Ace Parking’s PARK FOR PINK campaign kicks off its third consecutive year of raising awareness and generating funds to aid in the fight against cancer. During the month of October, Ace Parking will take a portion of the company’s parking proceeds and apply it to Read More »

  • Member News: Donald J. Nores, Founder of Digital Printing Systems, Inc., Dies

    It is with sadness that Digital Printing Systems (DPS) announces the passing of our founder and industry leader, Donald J. Nores. Don died in June surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. Don started DPS in 1971 to serve parking lot and garage operators in Southern California. Read More »

  • Under the Dunes

    We fell in love with the garage at Katwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, the first time we laid eyes on it. So did a lot of other people; for the first time in memory, a parking garage—this parking garage—was named the Dutch Building of the Year. It’s an amazing 663-space Read More »

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Undergoes Major Restoration to Stop Leaking, Damage

    With parking for more than 13,800 vehicles on eight levels, the Sea-Tac Airport Parking Structure is critical to smooth daily operations at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport –- the 13th busiest in the U.S. Constructed in phases between 1969 and 1999, the cast-in-place, waffle and post-tension (PT) slab/beam parking structure needed Read More »

  • Vertical Expansion of St. Augustine Center Parking Garage at Villanova University

    Before Villanova University could embark on a series of large capital projects to increase student housing and create a new performing arts center, the issue of parking needed to be addressed. The Performing Arts Center and an adjacent 1,300-space garage would be built on the site of the Pike Parking Read More »

  • Member News: Redesigned Texas Parking and Transportation Association (TPTA) Website is Now Live!

    We are excited to present our newly redesigned website for the Texas Parking and Transportation Association (TPTA). Through our Marketing and Communications Committee’s hard work, we have crafted a website that reflects our Vision and Mission for our members. More importantly, our goal is to provide our member’s with a Read More »

  • Member News: Allpro Parking Announces New Parking Facility in Syracuse, New York

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (October 4, 2016) – Allpro Parking, LLC, is pleased to announce their re-entry into the City of Syracuse parking market with the opening of a 427 space surface parking facility located in the Armory Square District in downtown Syracuse, New York. Allpro Parking, LLC responded to an RFP Read More »

  • Maintaining the Maintenance Checklist

    By Zachary Cook Maintaining cleanliness and equipment on the grounds of parking facilities is a basic and important aspect of what we do. Maintenance checklists are a tool many use to guide staff to complete daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, but are they enough? Handing frontline staff paper lists or tasks Read More »

  • 2016 IPI International Parking Conference

    No matter your specialty, the Abrapark & IPI International Parking Conference, October 4-5, 2016, Expo Center Norte, Sao Paulo, Brazil, showcases the newest tools, advanced technologies, sustainable solutions, and leading experts in parking and transportation. Come tap into innovations that are revolutionizing parking and contributing to a new vision for Read More »

  • Tell Your Story

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C It’s funny how often parking comes up as a topic, even among the Labor Day barbecue crowd. We were talking summer trips and vacations. My mom treated the whole family to a Caribbean cruise a few years ago (way to go, Mom!) and Read More »

  • 2016 Pennsylvania Parking Association (PPA) Annual Fall Conference & Trade Show

    The Pennsylvania Parking Association Annual Fall Conference and Trade Show is being held at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, October 3-5, 2016. Check out our dynamic educational line-up for this year’s conference. Not only do we have great presentation’s and speakers, we’ve put together a serious of social events that Read More »

  • publications

    UP TO SPEED

    UP TO SPEED Garage designers are embracing new door designs, for good reason. As parking professionals know, during the past several decades parking structures have become a major design consideration for architects. Though many facilities are freestanding, a large number of parking garages are attached to buildings in urban areas, the suburbs, or exurbia, prompting designers Read More »

  • publications

    A SOARING SUCCESS

    A SOARING SUCCESS Passengers and staff enjoy a state-of-the-art new parking structure at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal E Enhanced Parking Structure (EPS) project is a complete update and replacement of existing parking facilities. The new structure was designed to bring aesthetic improvements to an aging infrastructure and Read More »

  • Member News: Parkopedia Announcements at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

    We would like to share with you the following exciting announcements that Parkopedia, the world’s leading parking service provider, is making this week at the 2016 Paris Motor Show: Parkopedia Announces Global Partnership with TomTom to Integrate Parking Content Parkopedia announced today a global partnership to provide TomTom with premium Read More »

  • White House Takes Aim at Parking Requirements

    A paper released by the White House Monday was supposed to be about housing but got attention—a lot of attention—for focusing solidly on parking requirements levied on developers. “Parking requirements generally impose an undue burden on housing development, particularly for transit-oriented or affordable housing,” reads part of the “Housing Development Read More »

  • Shared Mobility Ecosystem Mapping

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I recently came across a document that illustrated how far we have come in the evolution of shared mobility resources and options. This map was created for the Silicon Valley Mobility as a Service project, where mobility aggregators integrate various services. It maps out the Read More »

  • Video: Why Parking Matters

    Parking, transportation, and planning experts explain why Parking Matters®. Download the Why Parking Matters® white paper, which explains why parking and the expertise of parking professionals are integral to the future of cities.  

  • Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) Fall Roundtable

    Join the Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) at Dallas Fort Worth Airport on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, for its Fall Roundtable. There will be a networking event the night before (September 27). The topics for this quarter’s roundtable are: 9:30 – 10:00 AM: Welcome/Introductions and Continental Breakfast 10:00 – 11:00 Read More »

  • Future Shock: Cars to Find Their Own Parking

    A whole host of apps do it. Waze has announced plans to do it. Google Maps is jumping in. And now it seems cars themselves will help drivers locate available parking spaces. Digital map service Here will start enabling some German cars, including those from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW, to Read More »

  • Carolinas Parking Association (CPA) 2016 Conference & Trade Show

    The Carolinas Parking Association (CPA) 2016 Annual Conference & Trade Show “Get Your Motor Running … and Race into the Parking Future,” is being held in the city that is the north American home to Michelin, BMW, and CU-ICAR, to name a few. CPA’s annual conference & trade show features a Read More »

  • New England Parking Council (NEPC) 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    New England Parking Council Golf Outing to Benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. This is a chance for the New England Parking Council and its’ supporters to give back to our community. Each year, NEPC selects a charity that will benefit from the proceeds of the golf tournament. Please Read More »

  • Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) Networking Event

    The Board of Directors for the Texas Parking & Transportation Association invite you to join us for a free networking and workshop opportunity.  Don’t miss out on this time to share and receive valuable information from experienced parking professionals in your area. Networking Event:  TPTA invites you to join us for Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud puts Genoa Airport P1 car park on sale

    September 22, 2016 ParkCloud is very pleased to offer parking at Genoa Airport’s Central Car Park with immediate effect. ParkCloud is working with the airport’s parking management company, Quick No Problem Parking, to offer the spaces, following previous collaborations at Palermo airport and in city centres across Italy. The P1 Read More »

  • Parking Pro ISO Shared Parking Examples

    By Joseph Heyman I’m looking for examples of garages that would otherwise be empty at night being used by neighbors. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is undertaking a major addition, which will cause disruptions to the neighborhood. As a goodwill gesture, it is proposed to Read More »

  • IPI Professional Development Course: Parksmart Advisor Training — Anaheim, Calif.

    Parksmart Advisors (formerly Green Garage Assessors) lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures.  The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems.   IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required Read More »

  • Saving Their Parking Spaces

    “Save Manhattan Valley!” implored the flyers and posters circulating around the upper West side of New York City. But the neighborhood didn’t want to be saved from the usual threats of development or traffic. No, this time, they wanted to save their parking. Three garages are on the chopping block Read More »

  • IPI Professional Development Course: Parking Design, Maintenance, & Rehabilitation — September 26-27, Anaheim, Calif.

    In this two-day course, you will learn the history of contributing issues affecting parking facility maintenance; identify and understand the importance of appropriate functional design elements; join in lively discussions about rehabilitation efforts in parking facilities for concrete, post tensioning systems, precast concrete, waterproofing, and typical structural repair and strengthening Read More »

  • Waze Partners with Parking

    By Nathan Donnell Circling the block (or even giving up the hunt) for parking is a familiar and painful experience for drivers across the board. Last year, drivers spent an average of 55 hours searching for parking, wasting more than $600 million in time and fuel. Waze, the popular navigation Read More »

  • Throw Away Your Pencils

    By Kyle Cashion and Ruth Beaman Since the earliest days of the parking industry, no issue has challenged parking owners and operators like revenue management. As with most cash industries, it has always been difficult to make sure that all of the money that’s collected makes it into the register Read More »

  • U.S. Driverless Car Regulations Released

    Analysts said Monday’s release of federal guidelines for automated (driverless) vehicles was a signal that the U.S. government strongly backs the development of such cars. The Department of Transportation’s guidelines focused on four main items: A 15-point safety standard. A requirement that states develop uniform policies. Clarification about current regulations Read More »

  • Member News: EasyPark Offers Parking Amenities to Downtown Anchorage Parkers

    For Immediate Release Contact: Melinda Gant Phone: 297-4415 Email: mgant@acda.net ANCHORAGE, Alaska, September 16, 2016 – EasyPark announces the launch of downtown Anchorage’s first parking Amenities Program. All guests in downtown Anchorage that park in any EasyPark garage or surface lot will have the option of utilizing free services such Read More »

  • Member News: Drivewayspikes Nails Down Driveway Safety

    Revolutionary new rubber Drivewayspikes acts as a deterrent for drivers on private property. Drivewayspikes requires no installation and more importantly does no damage to the tire of the vehicles driving forward or backwards on them because of the rubber “spikes”. The spikes are made of long lasting rubber and imply Read More »

  • What’s Your Good Health Worth?

    By Casey Jones, CAPP An epidural steroidal injection to the lumbar 5 sacral 1 area. That’s what my doctor prescribed to treat a tear in the tissue around a disk in my back. Probably from too much running, he said. As I lay waiting for the procedure to begin I Read More »

  • Survey Says: Car-Sharing a Big Perk for Students

    Students participating in a survey by UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center and Zipcar said having car-sharing options on campus is not only sustainable but improves their quality of life and makes them less likely to want their own car at school. That, of course, is music to the ears Read More »

  • Member News: Quercus new launchings: BirdWatch Parking Suite & Parking Spot Control

    Quercus Technologies has recently launched BirdWatch — an innovative, centralized and powerful software platform that includes several scalable capabilities based on license plate recognition and advanced vehicle detection technologies. The platform aims at providing total control of vehicle movements in/around the car parks, leading to smart parking management and improved Read More »

  • Park(ing) Day Completes Our Streets

    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on September 21, 2012. IPI invites you to participate in Park(ing) Day 2016. Send high-quality, original photos of your Park(ing) Day spaces to arpino@parking.org and they could be featured in The Parking Professional magazine. Be sure to include a brief summary of your efforts Read More »

  • Park(ing) Day 2016

    Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event. Dreamed up by San Francisco art group Rebar, the movement turns metered parking spots into temporary public parks. From green spaces to golf courses, it’s a day and space in which to get creative. Planning on participating in Park(ing) Day? IPI invites you Read More »

  • Member News: MCCA Announces Propark America as new operator of the Boston Common Garage and Lot on D

    For Immediate Release: September 15, 2016 Contact: Nate Little, MCCA 617-954-2309 Boston — After a competitive process, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) is pleased to announce that it has selected Propark America to administer parking operations at the Boston Common Garage (BCG), and the new Lot on D located Read More »

  • Communicating Change, Even at the Bus Stop

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd. After four years. the location of my son’s elementary school bus stop was changed from a four-minute walk around the block to a 12-minute walk two streets away. And to make it more stressful, our beloved drop-off and pick-up bus driver was changed and we now Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: From Asphalt to Green Infrastructure: Transforming Surface Parking

    On-Demand Archive: Webcast: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members In the United States, we have cleared 4 million acres of land to create 400 million parking spaces. Conventional parking lot designs create a host of problems for cities and the environment including water pollution, heat island, air quality issues Read More »

  • When the President Pays a Visit

    Long lines of cars waiting to park, security all over the place, sharpshooters on rooftops, secure areas, and accommodating a lot more people than usual, not all of whom are happy: This is what it looks like when the President visits a college campus. Josh Cantor, director of parking and Read More »

  • CAPP Scholarship Deadline for Trainings in Anaheim, California

    Need assistance with attending an IPI Professional Development course? Anyone who is pursuing CAPP within the next five years and who already has accumulated a minimum of six CAPP points can apply for scholarship funding. The fund can be used on IPI professional development and is available to offset registration Read More »

  • Fem Parking

    By Frank Giles So, have you heard the one about the lady trying to pull into a parking space? Of course you have. We have all heard the female-driver jokes at one time or another. They may be insensitive and stereotypical but no one takes them seriously, right? Apparently some Read More »

  • Member News: Propark America Promotes Luis Garcia to Senior Vice President

    September 12, 2016 Hartford, Connecticut — Propark America is pleased to announce the promotion of Luis Garcia to senior vice president for the company’s west region. “As a longtime member of The Parking Dream Team, Luis represents one of the many organic success stories that have helped anchor our company Read More »

  • Tailgating? Invite Amazon.

    Forget something for your tailgate? If you’re a San Francisco 49ers fan, it’s no worries—Amazon’s on it. The NFL team this year worked out a partnership with Amazon Prime to deliver game-day essentials to specific Levi’s Stadium parking spaces before home games. Forget that extra cooler? Need a team sweatshirt? Read More »

  • 2016 Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) Annual Fall Conference

    SWPTA goes back to VEGAS! Join SWPTA at the Golden Nugget for learning SWPTA style. No more boring presentations, SWPTA makes learning about parking fun. Enjoy interactive presentations and great social events. Parking and transportation organizations will send their employees to this conference because they know SWPTA makes solving parking issues fun! Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud signs with Towing to offer parking in Warsaw

    09/09/2016 ParkCloud is very pleased to offer a series of new parking spaces in Warsaw, collaborating with Polish company Towing. The deal includes three car parks in the city centre, which are all guarded, insured and offer customers parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Firstly, Zwirki i Read More »

  • Lessons from a Parking Professional

    By Kim Fernandez  “Mrs Fernandez, I’m getting your car!” I was still walking up the driveway of the Washington Plaza Hotel after lunch the other day when Zion called out to me. We’d just met 90 minutes earlier when I’d pulled up and showed her my parking reservation and now, Read More »

  • Situational Awareness

    By Scott Kangas, CAPP My father was a safety engineer for insurance companies most of his adult life. His job was to evaluate the risk factor (or potential businesses losses) from an insurance standpoint. Because of this constant exposure and frequent dinner-table discussions, I picked up a variety of tidbits Read More »

  • APO Spotlight: ParkHouston

    ParkHouston services and maintains 9,500 parking spaces throughout the greater Houston area. When the organization decided to measure its effectiveness as compared with other parking organizations, earning IPI’s Accredited Parking Organization (APO) certification was a natural direction. “Reviewing the matrix gave us the opportunity to identify our strengths and areas Read More »

  • The World’s Loneliest, Most Beloved Parking Meter

    Winters, Calif., is a tiny speck of a town whose charming, four-block-long business district found itself with a parking problem. Tourists discovered its beauty and hung around in on-street spaces so long that locals couldn’t conduct their normal business. As parking professionals can predict, debates ensued—what to do? Enter the Read More »

  • Ears Ringing?

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Seventeen of your fellow IPI members are talking about you – yes, you– the IPI community of parking professionals that so generously join together to learn, advise, share, solve problems, advance the profession, and just plain have fun being part of one of the most Read More »

  • White House Calling

    White House Calling The unique challenges posed to parking professionals when the president and friends pay a visit.  While presidential politics is consuming the news across the U.S. this year, it’s always a focal point of life here in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Many sites around the region serve Read More »

  • Member News: Artis McCoy Joins Propark America as Newest Member of The Parking Dream Team

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2016 Hartford, Connecticut – Propark America announced today that Artis McCoy has joined the company as regional business development manager. “The addition of Artis to the Propark family is one that will help us to continue growing our presence in the Western United States,” explained Rick Read More »

  • Member News: Park(ing) Day 2016 — ParkCloud and the power of plants

    What? A fun event to promote the well-being benefits of plant growing and allotments  When? Friday 16th September 2016, from 3pm  Why?  To raise money for charity Stockport Mind, and join in the global Park(ing) Day event  How?  Just turn up on the day!  Where?  ParkCloud, Wood Street, Stockport SK3 Read More »

  • Five Cool and Creative Ways to Reimagine a Parking Space

    By Monica Arpino What do a dog park, art installation, and yoga studio all have in common? If you said they’re all delightful gathering spaces, you’re correct but not quite on track. They all found temporary homes in metered parking spots, as part of the annual worldwide experiment known as Read More »

  • APO Spotlight: Miami Parking Authority

    Maybe you’ve heard about IPI’s Accredited Parking Organization (APO) designation for parking organizations that have achieved a comprehensive standard of excellence, and maybe you’ve thought about starting down the road to APO for your own organization. So what’s stopping you? The Miami Parking Authority (MPA) earned APO as part of Read More »

  • Being All That

    Teen Vogue just called a group of parking spaces “masterpieces.” OMG! You might have seen the story floating around social media: A high school in Florida had a lot of fun and raised a little money letting seniors custom-paint their parking spaces. The program was a huge hit, both among Read More »

  • Inside Higher Parking

    You might have heard of Inside Higher Ed, the daily news publication covering colleges and universities. It’s not the kind of place one visits to learn about parking. But last week, that’s exactly the topic it covered. San Diego Mesa College, part of the San Diego Community College District, came Read More »

  • IPI Adds Three New Online Courses for Parking Professionals

    The International Parking Institute (IPI) is excited to add three new courses to its set of nine online learning opportunities: Technology Trends in Parking (Version 2.0) has the same title as the previous course but is a totally updated experience. Learn about emerging technologies and how to improve operational efficiency. Foundations of Read More »

  • Life Lessons and the Housekeeper

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE I was out walking during a recent trip when I passed a car that carried on its door panel the logo, “It’s in the Details.” As the women inside exited the car, I noticed that they were housekeepers unloading their cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner. I Read More »

  • Member News: Parking Authority of Baltimore City’s ProjectSPACE to Launch September 27

    Parking meter upgrades to increase accessible parking options for people with disabilities in Fells Point and Harbor East gets official launch date. BALTIMORE – The Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC), in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Disabilities, announced today that Phase 2 of ProjectSPACE, the parking program aimed Read More »

  • Member News: The Harman Group Launches New Website and Brand Identity

    Philadelphia, PA — The Harman Group, a structural engineering and parking consultancy firm in King of Prussia, PA, today unveiled their new visual brand identity, logo and website, www.harmangroup.com. “Our look is new, but our dedication to designing projects that get built on time and on budget remains the same,” Read More »

  • What We Do

    By Irma Henderson, CAPP Parking professionals often have difficulties explaining what we do to people on the outside. As it is, my family and friends have given up on trying to understand what I do for a living. Last year, I was waiting for a flight and a gentleman approached Read More »

  • APO Building Blocks for a Lasting Standard: Integrity (Part III)

    By Casey Jones, CAPP According to a paper written for the American Journal of Public Health in 1965, “Medical quackery and the promotions of nostrums and worthless drugs were among the most prominent abuses which led to the establishment of formal self-regulation in business and, in turn, to the creation Read More »

  • Member News: Nicole Chinea Joins The Parking Dream Team

    Houston, Texas – Winpark announced today that they have hired Nicole Chinea as the company’s Regional Vice President of Operations. “We are excited to bring Nicole aboard as the newest member of the Winpark family,” said Liliana Rambo, Winpark’s president. “As the latest addition to The Parking Dream Team, Nicole Read More »

  • Member News: Amano McGann, Inc. Acquires PG PARK, Inc. Expanding Sales, Service and Support in the Canadian Market

    August 23, 2016 – Minneapolis, MN and Ottawa, ON – Amano McGann, Inc., the leading provider of Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) in North America, is pleased to announce that they have acquired their distribution partner PG Park, Inc. in Ottawa, Canada. PG Park specializes in parking system Read More »

  • Speak Your Heart Out

    By Daniel Bliley The IPI Conference & Expo features more than 3,000 people from more than 35 different countries. It’s the world’s biggest parking show. The red carpet, premier show. The best and brightest. It’s the one event you can’t afford to miss–and it needs you. The open call for Read More »

  • Disabled? Prove It.

    Police in Foxborough, Mass., aren’t fooling around when it comes to parking for the disabled this football season: Use a parking placard while attending a Patriots’ game and you’d better be able to prove it’s legit. Officers assigned to Gillette Stadium are spot-checking cars parked in spaces reserved for the Read More »

  • Video: Future of Parking

    IPI is featured in this fast and furious Travel Channel look at the Future of Parking from their three-part Extreme Parking series.

  • Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016 Smartphone App

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has introduced its most innovative product — a smartphone app for the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016. The Pocket Guide is a popular, quick reference guide to significant transportation statistics. The new app allows users to take all the informative Read More »

  • Long-Term Success and Short-Term Challenges

    By Cindy Campbell I was recently talking with a university parking program manager about the challenge of balancing priorities at work. “There’s just so much to do and it seems like there’s never enough time to get it all done,” she said. We talked about competing priorities in the workplace Read More »

  • We May Have a Fraud Issue. Now What?

    By Vicki Pero, SPHR When the term “audit” is used in the parking industry, it covers three functional areas: loss prevention, fraud investigation, and location (internal) audit. The fraud investigation component sometimes presents a challenge because many organizations don’t have a documented process defining roles and responsibilities. Establishing a process Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Suicide in Parking Facilities: Prevention, Response and Recovery

    IPI Webinar: Suicide in Parking Facilities: Prevention, Response and Recovery On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members     A sad reality of the parking industry is that parking structures are sometimes used for suicides or suicide attempts. According to a 2016 IPI survey of members, half the Read More »

  • Meet the APO: ParkHouston

    By Maria Irshad, CAPP, MPA By now, you’ve either heard or read about APO. It’s a tremendous step forward for the parking industry. It’s also a significant task to undertake as an organization. In 2014, the parking pioneers who developed the original APO framework reached out us to see if Read More »

  • Member News: More Than Ten Years

    August 8, 2016 Sunsea Parking Industry Group, the leading enterprise of China’s parking industry celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a ceremony “More Than Ten Years.” Sunsea’s colleagues from LimeTree Capital and partners in the industry were invited to celebrate this special day.

  • Video: Parking Matters (Spanish)

    To build a better tomorrow, we need to give parking professionals a seat at the table today. (Also available in English.)

  • Video: Parking Matters

    To build a better tomorrow, we need to give parking professionals a seat at the table today. (Also available in Spanish.)

  • Enforcement and Reputation Management

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP My parking authority has been approved to take over parking enforcement starting in the new year. “Congratulations or I’m sorry are in order….” For most of us, community complaints revolve around either ticketing too much or not enough. So what is one of our biggest Read More »

  • August 15 — IPI Professional Development Course: Parksmart Advisor Training

    Parksmart Advisors (formerly Green Garage Assessors) lead clients through the certification process for sustainable parking structures. The Parksmart program (formerly Green Garage Certification) is now offered under by the USGBC/GBCI alongside the suite of LEED and other sustainability rating systems. IPI is the USGBC Education Partner providing the education required Read More »

  • Doing Well, Doing Good

    Settling old parking citations while doing good in the community: Sounds like a win-win to us. That’s exactly what’s happening in Salt Lake City, Utah, where an innovative 90-day parking amnesty program just kicked off. Drivers who’ve not paid parking citations issued since July 2014 can earn up to 60 Read More »

  • Member News: Quercus ANPR cameras make it to the news on KARK NBC 4 channel in the US

    Quercus Technologies continues its worldwide expansion with new installations in the U.S. market. With license plates recognition units already installed in important parking facilities in Florida, Manhattan, Chicago, Illinois, Wisconsin, Quercus is becoming a more and more important player. SmartLPR® Access made by Quercus Technologies arrives in Arkansas to make Read More »

  • If You See Something, Say Something

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP We’ve grown accustomed to this mantra, usually in regard to potential terrorism activity. We know to alert authorities if we see an abandoned bag in the airport or if we someone with contraband on an airplane. But there is another matter–one much more prevalent than Read More »

  • CAPP Pays Off

    By Victor A. Hill, MPA, CAPP The road to CAPP can be an anxiety-inducing one to travel, but the payoff is worth it when you arrive. I began my parking career in 2013. My first supervisor in parking was a CAPP and he asked if I’d be interested in the Read More »

  • To Apply or Not to Apply?

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C How do you know if you are ready to formally apply for the Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Program? When you submit your application, your organization will have one year to submit your comprehensive package of documentation. There is no precise formula for a program Read More »

  • From Toilet Paper to Heels

    By Vanessa Cummings, CAPP, M.Div. I recently had two separate experiences that reminded me parking is more than just about cars — it is about customer service. I was staying at a downtown hotel in Philadelphia a few weeks ago for a connectional (international) church conference. The meeting drew thousands Read More »

  • Even Google’s Doing It

    Google Maps faces stiff competition in the driving directions arena. A new update hopes to attract and retain more users by offering real-time information about parking. News reports say the site will offer text-based alerts about whether parking is easy, medium, or limited as drivers approach popular destinations such as Read More »

  • Old World, New World

    By Kim Fernandez Pictured here is the Lake Pointe Inn, a charming waterfront B&B about two blocks from my regular summer vacation destination and happy place. Built as a family home in the late 1800s, the Craftsman-style mansion has been re-thought and re-made and sometimes ignored and abandoned over time, Read More »

  • Have You Failed Lately?

    By Kathleen Laney If the answer to this question is yes, fantastic! If the answer is no, it’s time to be concerned. Failure is the one experience that every successful person in the history of the world has in common. This may sound like a contradiction, but it’s not. Mistakes, Read More »

  • APO Building Blocks for a Lasting Standard: Rigor and Transparency (Part II)

    By Casey Jones, CAPP In my last blog post, I talked about iterative design, an essential foundational feature of IPI’s Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program. Iterative design is a methodology based on a cyclic process of prototyping, testing, analyzing, and refining a product or process. It’s important for the APO Read More »

  • Silent but Deadly?

    By Matt Feagins EVs such as the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf, or even plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt, are becoming more and more popular despite the fact that gas has become cheap again and is forecast to remain low for the foreseeable future. EVs are anticipated to be Read More »

  • Member News: Parking Data Goes International

    Smarking Partners With EasyPark to Expand Data Analytics Platform Into Canada Smarking, the parking industry’s leading provider of data analytics and yield management software, is expanding into Canada through a new partnership with EasyPark, British Columbia’s preeminent parking services provider. EasyPark plans to leverage the power of Smarking’s cutting edge Read More »

  • In. The. Bag.

    IN. THE. BAG. Technology hits meter bagging with great results.  We are all familiar with the sight of bagged meter heads. Municipalities and other  segments of the parking industry often have to bag meters to restrict parking in certain areas to accommodate construction or other large vehicles or to keep areas vehicle-free for special events. It’s an Read More »

  • Suicide in Parking Facilities: Prevention, Response, and Recovery

    Suicide in Parking Facilities: Prevention, Response, and Recovery It’s a sensitive topic and one not talked about much in parking circles, but it’s a fact. Each year, people die of suicide, or attempt suicide, by jumping from parking garages. There is the tragic loss of life of the victim, of course, Read More »

  • From Start to Finish

    From Start to Finish Choosing, buying, and implementing a new university parking system can be a long, rough road. Drexel University found that teamwork and patience were key. How did we navigate to the best-fit parking permit management system for our unique and diverse university? It’s a little like shooting Read More »

  • Bike Sharing on Campus

    Bike Sharing on Campus Nearly two years ago, I was asked to write an article in this very column on bicycle parking in parking facilities. Two years is like 14 years for comparing the leaps in technology available to bike-sharing programs and the explosion of bike-share programs at the college and university level. Read More »

  • The First Garage of the Future

    Developers in Nashville are about to start transforming a 50-acre parking lot into the parking structure of the future, complete with mixed-use, solar technologies, green roofs, and all the bells and whistles parking technology can offer. But that’s not what makes the property newsworthy: It appears to be the first Read More »

  • Proof of Thought About Parking

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd Who thinks about parking? How do we know people think about parking? What do people think about the general topic of parking? It seems the answers to these questions are all around us. Anytime someone goes anywhere, especially somewhere new, the question on their mind is, Read More »

  • Building a Foundation

    By Robert Ferrin Anytime you build something from the ground up, you have to start with a good foundation. I have been fortunate enough to spend the last 12 months building a brand-new parking program in Aurora, Colo. It’s an exciting time in a city that is experiencing growth, development, Read More »

  • In Pursuit of APO

     By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C It’s always better to tell me how you achieved a goal than to simply encourage me to do it. This applies to any complex objective, whether for an individual or an organization. If you have pursued or will pursue CAPP, IPI provides resources with Read More »

  • Video: Become an Accredited Parking Organization (APO)

    Missoula Parking Commission became one of the parking industry’s first five organizations to earn the Accredited Parking Organization (APO) designation in 2015. Anne Guest, Director (ret.), Missoula Parking Commission, discusses why pursuing the APO certification helped her organization recognize what it was doing well and what standards could be implemented Read More »

  • Certified Green Garage Goes Global As Parksmart

    By John Schmid It was 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2015 when I walked back into my holiday house party and made a toast: “to the green parking garage going global.” I then signed the document package the attorneys had sent over, and a new era began. This was Read More »

  • Splitting Up

    By Geary Robinson, CAPP, PhD Sooooo … you’ve been told the larger department that governs parking on campus is going to go through a separation, a divorce, a separation of assets, change in responsibilities, and fiscal assets. You know it had to happen but it’s surreal knowing the day has Read More »

  • 2016 IPI Conference & Expo Attendee Discount for Online Learning

    For a limited time, attendees of the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tenn., can save 20 percent on any of IPI’s online courses. Purchase a single course by August 31, 2016, to get the discount. Register here. Taking an IPI online course is the easiest and best way to enter, advance, and Read More »

  • Our New Friend, Zach

    Zach DeBoer isn’t a parking professional — he owns an art gallery in Sioux Falls, S.D., — but he might be a great candidate to recruit. He recently used his own money and time to help the city paint back-in, on-street parking spaces and a bike lane to draw business Read More »

  • Parkour, Anyone?

     By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C So my car was in the shop — the fender-bender was not my fault in any way, of course. One of the benefits of living in the city is the walkability that comes with the environment. Being out in the ‘burbs, this is Read More »

  • Do-it-Yourself Project Management

    By Alex Smith In the aviation world, we have a saying: “If there’s not constant construction, you’re doing something wrong.” Like aviation, parking is a demand-driven industry that is constantly evolving to keep up with usage increases and customer wants/needs. To fulfill these requirements, companies and organizations generally have dedicated Read More »

  • Middle Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Parking & Baseball

    Join MAPA members and sponsors at Washington Nationals Stadium for Parking and Baseball, Thursday, July 21st at 11:30 am. Registration includes tickets, lunch and our sponsors will offer power pitches on their products and services. Afterwards cheer on the Nationals to win! Education, networking and fun at a reasonable price! Read More »

  • APO and Iterative Design (Part I)

    By Casey Jones, CAPP In my last blog I introduced many of you to IPI’s Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program. In my next few posts, I’d like to cover some of the essential components that have been built into the APO program. Iterative design is a methodology based on a Read More »

  • Offering Options Without Overwhelming Customers

    By Victor A. Hill, CAPP, MPA Options are an important part of parking and providing them goes a long way toward enhancing customer satisfaction and reducing complaints. Too few options can frustrate customers with a certain expectation, while too many options can confuse customers and sully their experience. Our university Read More »

  • Geta Robot—For Real

    Chinese inventors last week introduced Geta, a parking robot they say can parallel park a car in less than two minutes with no extra space needed beyond the vehicle’s bumpers. This, they claim, will revolutionize parking. Geta (short for Get a Car) is a laser-guided robot that slides under a Read More »

  • Ultra-Productive People Eat Frogs

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM I recently returned from vacation. I set up the “out of office – vacation” autoresponder on my email that indicated I would not be available but still took my laptop with me. My intention was to take advantage of early mornings and an hour or two Read More »

  • Parking is Everywhere

    Parking is really everywhere. Proof: Check out this photo sent to us by Casey Jones, CAPP, who snapped it while enjoying a weekend at Idaho’s City of Rocks National Reserve. Parking Lot Rock is home to about 24 climbing routes and a popular destination for climbers. We’re not sure how Read More »

  • Customer Service Seminar – PIPTA Conference & Trade Show

    Join IPI and the Pacific Intermountain Parking Transportation Association (PIPTA) for this Customer Service Seminar, in conjunction with the 2016 PIPTA Conference & Trade Show. Seminar is not included in full conference registration. REGISTER NOW

  • Conflict Resolution Seminar – PIPTA Conference & Trade Show

    Join IPI and the Pacific Intermountain Parking Transportation Association (PIPTA) for this Customer Service Seminar, in conjunction with the 2016 PIPTA Conference & Trade Show. Seminar is not included in full conference registration. REGISTER NOW

  • IPI Webinar: Media Masters

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Working with “the media” can be intimidating. The parking industry hasn’t always had the best experience with the news media, but we have made major improvements. This webinar will combine some of the CAPP media training with input from the IPI Read More »

  • The APO Manual: More Than the Nuts and Bolts

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C Have you downloaded the new APO Manual for your virtual bookshelf yet? Whether you are on the path to accreditation or are interested in evaluating best practices for your organization, the APO Manual for Applicants is a significant industry milestone. It is the Read More »

  • Parking Construction in Urban Areas

    By Mike Uldrich Urban environments have reached the tipping point for population mass and with little available land, there is an increased need for dense, vertical construction. With a need for multi-level developments and a high cost of available property, robust multi-level parking garage demand is high. Parking structures tend Read More »

  • Bae. Or Not. #SMH

    Question: What’s the best way to reach out to Millennials in their own lingo on social media? Answer: Just don’t. Did you hear about Microsoft? The company sent out a supposed-to-be-cool email to its San Francisco interns all full of “bae” and “noms” and such, trying to connect with its Read More »

  • Five Things You Can Do July 31

    By Helen Sullivan Sixteen children have died from heatstroke in hot parked cars so far this year.* Summer isn’t nearly over. Here’s how this tragedy happens: 54 percent: child forgotten by caregiver. 29 percent: child playing in unattended vehicle. 17 percent: child intentionally left in vehicle by adult. 1 percent: Read More »

  • 2016 Florida Parking Association (FPA) Educational Seminar — Front Line Development Training

    The education seminar is geared toward the front-line employees and supervisors in preparation for future leadership and management opportunities. The first part of the day is focused on Customer Service; interactive sessions focusing on concepts and techniques to defuse and de-escalate customer conflicts-Dealing Effectively with Difficult and Aggressive Behavior! The Read More »

  • Online Article/Quiz Course: Greening Communities through Parking

    Level: Foundation/Basic About the course:  In this article-based course, the participant will learn about the sustainability movement in the parking and transportation industries from thought leaders, develop a foundation level understanding of garage certification, and the relationship to IPI’s Sustainability Framework and LEED.  IPI’s “Framework on Sustainability for Parking Design, Read More »

  • More From our Experts

    We can’t get enough advice and information from IPI’s panel of experts, who answer a question in every issue of The Parking Professional. To catch up on June’s panel, click here, and enjoy these additional nuggets of wisdom that weren’t in that issue. What’s the biggest reason novice parking professionals Read More »

  • No Parking. Seriously.

    One professional athlete apparently found out the hard way that parking in the wrong spot can have significant consequences. ESPN reported yesterday that Arizona Cardinals defensive end and former Olympian Lawrence Okoye was cut from the team last season for parking in a space reserved for ticket-buyers. Coach Bruce Arians Read More »

  • Becoming a Servant Leader

    By Mark Napier, CAPP As senior leaders of organizations, we have probably read dozens of books on leadership. We all struggle to craft our personal leadership style and should consider two things to make us more effective leaders. The first is adopting a mindset of Servant Leadership. This, as the Read More »

  • IPI Park Tank Finalists Apply Tech-Based Solutions to Parking Challenges

    ParkIT and other innovations target efficiency by predicting future spaces, connecting drivers with unused parking, maximizing off-peak times, and more (Alexandria, Va. – July 5, 2016) Imagine a future of fully connected transportation, with self-driving cars that efficiently navigate into easily predictable spaces. Thanks to innovations like ParkIt, winner of Read More »

  • Unanswered Prayers

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE Summer travelers, business travelers, and both frequent and new travelers are all experiencing long lines at airport security screening checkpoints. Airports are advising travelers to arrive three hours prior to take-off because checkpoints lines can wind through security lines all the way through baggage claim. People Read More »

  • Your Investments and Brexit

    By Mark A. Vergenes Everybody’s talking about Brexit, but what does it mean for parking professionals and their investments? The markets are down big, but it’s not that bad. First, U.S. stocks and the pound are off overnight lows and European markets actually haven’t violated last week’s lows. The numbers Read More »

  • Four Great Ideas to Steal

    The Smart City Challenge is over. Columbus, Ohio, may have taken home the $40 million prize but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great things for other cities to get out of the competition. In fact, our friends at the Shared-Use Mobility Center think there’s lots to learn from the contest. Read More »

  • Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Site Reviewer Roster

    View the roster of Accredited Parking Organization (APO) site reviewers.

  • Strategic Partner News: Certify your parking structure for the future with Parksmart

    Parksmart certification helps parking facilities meet standards of sustainability and reduced environmental impact. Parksmart is the world’s only rating system defining and recognizing sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design and technology. An industry-driven, field-tested road map for high-performance new and existing parking garages, Parksmart recognizes forward-thinking facilities working today Read More »

  • Protecting Yourself and Your Health

    By David Feehan I was sitting in my office in January working on a project for a parking client when I began to feel confused. The report I was reading, to which I was contributing, suddenly wasn’t making sense. I called my wife but just got voice mail. I decided Read More »

  • Member News: Propark America Launches New Company Website

    Propark America is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned corporate website. “We’re delighted to unveil the new Propark.com,” declared John Schmid, Propark’s chief executive officer. “The clean, modern, responsive design streamlines the process for people looking for affordable parking across the country, and allows for an assured user Read More »

  • Southwest Parking & Transportation Association (SWPTA) Mid-Year Spring Training

    Join SWPTA members, June 27-28 for our annual Mid-Year Spring Training. For Frontline staff, Julie Dixon, Dixon Resources Unlimited, will offer Parking Enforcement and Vicki Pero, the Marlyn Group will present Customer Service and Conflict Resolution. A managerial track on best practices and round table discussions will round out this Read More »

  • World Parking Symposium

  • First Impressions Last

    By Cindy Campbell As part of his stand-up routine, comedian Chris Rock shared something pretty insightful about first impressions: “When you’re meeting someone for the first time, you’re not really meeting them, you’re meeting their representative.” Think about it: We all like to make a good first impression, but have Read More »

  • Member News: Propark America Becomes Corporate Sponsor of Women In Parking

    Propark America announced today that it has become a Titanium Partner of Women In Parking. “Women In Parking is a transformative association for the parking industry,” stated John Schmid, Propark’s chief executive officer. “We are extremely proud to contribute to the ongoing endeavor of empowering women in the workforce and Read More »

  • Carolinas Parking Association (CPA) Training Course — Tactical Communication 101

    Carolinas Parking Association is pleased to present a one-day, two-part Educational Training Course focusing on skills for Customer Service Professionals in the Parking & Transportation industry. TACTICAL COMMUNICATION 101: DEALING EFFECTIVELY WITH DIFFICULT & AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR This is an interactive course designed to provide attendees with concepts and techniques to Read More »

  • Think International!

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP More and more, the work we are doing as parking professionals is highlighting the critical role that parking plays in helping to create functional and sustainable urban environments. Linking effective parking management as a key ingredient of sustainable urban mobility planning is becoming increasingly accepted Read More »

  • What is an Accredited Parking Organization (APO)?

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C Would you like to benchmark your organization? Streamline your operations? Evaluate your training program? Motivate your leadership? Accredited Parking Organization (APO) is a designation for parking organizations that have achieved a comprehensive standard of excellence. It recognizes best practices in responsible parking management Read More »

  • New York State Parking Association (NYSPA)’s 9th Annual Summer Retreat

    The program includes educational opportunities, networking, team activities and plenty of food at the famous Hinerwadel’s seafood and picnic buffet.

  • I Don’t Know Anything

    By Brett Wood, PE, CAPP “You don’t know ANYTHING.” That’s how this all started. Innocently enough, in conversation with someone I considered a friend, I was told that I didn’t know anything about parking operations. In a few breaths, a challenge was thrown out and quickly accepted. I, the parking Read More »

  • Blood for Violations. Literally.

    Give blood, take a pass on a parking ticket. Sounds like a win-win, and residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will get just that deal this summer, helping both the Red Cross and their wallets. Park Cedar Rapids has issued invitations with parking tickets recently; donate blood at one of four Read More »

  • It’s Not Easy Being Green

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP Our friend Kermit the Frog sang those famous words referring to his skin color. In this day and age of recycling and re-using, I get frustrated when I’m not able to be green.   I travel a LOT in my job and stay in a Read More »

  • Parking as Blissful Garden

    We were so excited to share this post with you that we accidentally sent duplicate email notifications to subscribers — sorry about that! Thank you for reading and for your patience as we learn the ins and outs of the new website.  “Creating something as prosaic as a parking lot Read More »

  • Michigan Parking Association (MPA) Two-Day Summer Event

    Thursday, June 16th Annual Golf Outing 11am Shotgun Start Medalist Golf Club | Marshall, MI MPA Cocktail Hour – 5:30pm Dinner Buffet – 6:30pm Firekeepers Casino Battle Creek, MI Friday, June 17th Annual Summer Conference Firekeepers Casino | Battle Creek, MI Breakfast Buffet – 7:45am Morning Session – 8:45am Lunch Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: User-Based Parking Structure Design

    On-Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members In this webinar you will learn various strategies for designing around the user of a parking garage. Examine how to develop affordable and comfortable parking garage designs for the customer/user. Join me as we explore opportunities and think beyond parking! Objectives: Read More »

  • On the Agenda

    Think beyond parking—we’ve all heard it. But what does it mean? To some, it means designing transportation systems that don’t assume everyone is driving a single-occupant vehicle. For others, it means making parking part of the larger traffic flow so arriving, parking, and walking to a destination happens seamlessly. No Read More »

  • Transportation Sweepstakes

    How do you gather together the brightest minds to formulate answers to forthcoming transportation challenges? With a contest, of course, and that’s exactly what governments around the U.S. are doing—challenging people to submit their ideas for fabulous prizes. One such contest, in fact, is offering a $40 million federal grant Read More »

  • Member News: Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) Chosen For San Francisco Garages

    The City and County of San Francisco have chosen technology from Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) to provide the design for the upgrading of mechanical ventilation systems in three garages owned by the city, according to the company. The technology will be used in the Golden Gateway, Sutter-Stockton and Japan Center Read More »

  • Sprawl by the Numbers

    What does sprawl cost you on a daily basis? Commuters generally know how long their average commute is, and can estimate their out-of-pocket travel costs. What happens when you add in time lost to traffic and congestion and impact to quality of life? That’s not easy for the individual or household Read More »

  • Why is Communication Called an Art?

    By Kathleen Federici, M.Ed. We all have all met those people or have that friend who can choose their words without hesitation and make the tone of a situation improve. I have friends who can turn a phrase on a dime and change the entire meaning of a situation, usually Read More »

  • Member News: Local Ticket Company to be featured as Ohio Business Profile by Ohio Secretary of State

    The Toledo Ticket Company is being recognized for the great work it is doing in the Buckeye State. The office of Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State, recognizes local companies that represent both perseverance and leadership in its industry. Toledo Ticket will be featured on the State of Ohio’s website Read More »

  • Learning the Hard Way: Parking Matters

    Think parking doesn’t matter? Ask Bryan Whitman, a former top U.S. Department of Defense official who got so worked up over a neighbor’s nanny using a (legal) visitor’s pass to park near his home that he left her nasty notes and stole her license plates. Three times. After being caught Read More »

  • Fighting Back Against Ransomware

    By Kyle Cashion Large and small businesses, individuals, and municipalities have fallen victim to a new kind of attack known as “ransomware.” Ransomware, as its name indicates, encrypts your files or locks you out of your computer until you pay a ransom. Often the extortionists demand to be paid in Read More »

  • Becoming Cyber-Super Man

    By Kyle Cashion How to transform into a superhero and battle back evil (and dangerous) ransomware. COMPUTER VIRUSES have long been a problem. Initially, they were often developed simply to cause havoc and give their developers some malicious entertainment. Today, however, computer viruses are more likely to pose a serious Read More »

  • Guide to Parksmart Certification

    Parksmart, (formerly known as Green Garage Certification) is the world’s only rating system that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages. An industry-driven, field-tested road map for new and existing parking structures, Parksmart recognizes forward-thinking facilities shaping tomorrow’s sustainable mobility network. Prepared by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the Read More »

  • Commencement Tricks of the Trade

    By Jason M. Jones Each year during commencement, many of us are faced with the daunting prospect of parking more vehicles then we are used to. Friends and family of graduates are often overcome with joy, selecting their best outfits and booking hotel rooms well in advance. Additionally, many staff Read More »

  • Parking Analytics: An Industry Snapshot – Participate Today

    IPI has released the results of the inaugural survey in our quarterly series.  Released at the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo, this brief survey is a critical first step to collect data about our members and the parking industry. Add your data to the mix, and look for the next Read More »

  • Parking Analytics: An Industry Snapshot (May 2016)

    The International Parking Institute (IPI) has launched a new initiative focused on parking analytics and benchmarking. Designed to advance the parking profession by collecting, aggregating, and publishing data, this series offers Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the industry. Parking and transportation organizations are collecting and studying KPIs as a tool Read More »

  • It’s Official: We’re a Dream Business

    The Washington Post just called parking a dream job. Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived. OK, so the article was about a dog who’s going to be a “bark ranger” this summer, but still—they put “parking” and “dream job” in the same story. It counts. Glacier National Park faces an Read More »

  • EMV and Parking White Paper, 2016

    IPI and the Smart Card Alliance have released an update to the white paper addressing the transition to EMV technology in the parking industry.  Download the full publication: EMV and Parking White Paper, May 2016.

  • Disruptive Thought of the Day

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C As many as 80 percent of young professionals would like to work in a green job. Most of the jobs and titles our kids will have don’t even exist yet. Now that’s food for thought. These are takeaways from the USGBC Education Partner Read More »

  • Are High Gas Prices Good for Parking?

    By Frank Giles Sometimes watching gas prices seems like watching the stock market: When the price drops, buy up all you can. We know that people stop buying SUVs and start buying EVs whenever gas prices get really high but what about parking? Are high gas prices good for the Read More »

  • Completely Up to Citizens

    Complete Streets, which incorporate pedestrian- and bike-friendly features along with trees, traffic, and parking, are popular in the media but does everyone want them? At least one city—Tonawanda, N.Y.—is putting the question to its residents and asking them their opinion in a public survey. The survey is online and even Read More »

  • What’s What in Parking Technology 2016, Third Edition

    Glossary of nearly 100 parking technology terms and definitions, from Access Control to Yield Management. What’s What in Parking Technology, 2016

  • publications

    Pay, Park, Tweet

    By Chris Blondell Like most working people, those in the parking industry have good days and bad days. You’ve probably been in a situation where you’re having a great day, everyone’s car is parked where it should be, traffic is moving in great order, and then suddenly, a man who’s Read More »

  • publications

    Future Thinking

    By David Kubik, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Within the Past decade, cities have become home to more than half of the global population, and the United Nations projects that the proportion of urban dwellers will reach 66 percent by 2050. Growing populations are putting a strain on the physical infrastructure Read More »

  • Careful Considerations

    By Pierre Koudelka I wrote an article last year about parking equipment and new applications in which I said, “Our system of specifying, purchasing, and managing, for whatever reason, is far too accepting of the status quo” (See the January 2015 issue of The Parking Professional). Since then, lots of Read More »

  • publications

    Why Cash May Still be King

    By Bryan Alexander The data breaches that hit the parking industry in 2014 offered a stark reminder that parking is just as vulnerable to credit card fraud as any other industry. Worldwide, credit card fraud has reached $14 billion a year, and while the hit experienced by the parking industry Read More »

  • publications

    Is Big Data Coming to a Parking Facility Near You

    By Mike Robertson When many industries consider big data, they envision large dollar signs. In certain industries, big data is the magic ingredient for guaranteed success into the future. But how could big data affect the parking industry? Big Data Defined If you are unsure what is meant by big Read More »

  • Lost In Translation – Speaking Clearly

    By Bill Smith Have you ever traveled abroad to someplace where people speak a different language? How did it go? Was it difficult to order a meal? Or check into a hotel? Or maybe get directions from someone on the street? When you are in a foreign country, it’s easy Read More »

  • Going Green with LED Lighting Retrofits

    By Jennifer I. Tougas, PhD, CAPP If you are looking for ways to save money in your operation, take a hard look at your lighting system. Recent advances in the lighting industry allow us to save energy with more efficient fixtures, more intelligent controls, and lower maintenance needs. All of Read More »

  • Kindred Spirits

    By Cindy Campbell I had the pleasure of attending many of the U.S. state and regional parking and transportation conferences this past fall. With the conference season now behind us, I got to thinking about the extent of work and planning it takes to execute a successful conference event. The Read More »

  • publications

    No More Procrastination

    By Mark A. Vergenes Human beings are natural procrastinators. Most people struggle with the temptation to put things off until that last minute—particularly those tasks we don’t enjoy. How many times have you claimed to “work better under pressure” or promised yourself to finish a task when you had more Read More »

  • How Parking Saved My Life

    By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP We’ve all heard and mostly agree that “we didn’t grow up wanting to be parking professionals.” My story is no different. But in many ways, parking saved my life and maybe yours as well. I was a fairly adventurous kid, attended a high-achieving high school, Read More »

  • New Guidelines Support More Complete Streets

    Smart Growth America is cheering for the Federal Highway Administration, which recently finalized new street design guidelines that do away with 11 criteria for roads with speed limits of less than 50 miles per hour. That move, says the advocacy group, means it’ll be easier for communities to design safer, Read More »

  • Why We Pay

    By Kim Fernandez My husband and I recently made a few visits to someone at a new-to-us hospital. When we arrived the first time and found a gate and pay-on-foot system in the lot, he grumbled a little bit. “Why would a hospital make you pay to park?” The next Read More »

  • California Audits its DMV’s Disabled Parking Program

    Disabled parking permit abuse is a hot topic and there’s lots of debate about how to fix systems around the U.S. Yesterday, lawmakers in California said consumer complaints about people improperly using ADA permits have led to an audit of the way the state DMV issues the permits to ensure Read More »

  • Office vs Retail Parking Design with Human Nature in Mind

    By Mike Uldrich Finding a parking spot in an office building or mall is part of daily life and we do it without much thought beyond hoping to remember where we parked. However, the way drivers experience parking structures—the ingress/egress, ramping system, parking technology to help locate open spaces, and Read More »

  • All-Star LEEPers: Success Stories from the Parking Lot

    The following webinar is being hosted by the Better Buildings Alliance Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.  The LEEP Campaign is a recognition and guidance program designed to encourage facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficient lighting solutions in their parking facilities. To Read More »

  • “Lots of Parking: Land Use in a Car Culture.” A Review

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I recently purchased Lots of Parking: Land Use in a Car Culture, by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle. One of the things that caught my attention was the book’s dedication. It reads, “For: The Frustrated Motorist, the Harried Meter Maid, the Dutiful Parking Read More »

  • Thinking Outside the Last-Mile Box

    Europe, which has pretty efficient mass transportation systems for the most part, is pinning its last-mile-challenge hopes on autonomous vehicles. Deutsche Bahn, a German railway company that transports 7 million train passengers per day, recently announced plans for fleets of self-driving cars that could be ordered on-demand by train travelers Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes 13 Parking Marketing Programs

    2016 Marketing and Communications Awards Highlight Best Practices and Innovative Strategies (NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 20, 2016) The International Parking Institute (IPI) recognized 13 outstanding marketing and communications programs in the parking sector at the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tenn., today. The Parking Matters® Marketing and Communications Read More »

  • Parking Comes of Age: 2016 Award-Winning Parking Facilities Combine Beauty, Convenience, Efficiency, and Sustainability

    An underground garage with a basketball court in Abu Dhabi, an inviting public park in Toronto, a visual showpiece in the Miami Design District, and a Florida university’s intermodal hub are among honorees NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 20, 2016 – As the seven winners of the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Read More »

  • Parking Technology Innovators Dive into Competition at IPI’s Second Park Tank™

    Popular event at IPI Conference serves as an incubator for innovative parking industry concepts (NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 19, 2016) Parking technology innovators will compete for a shot at fame and fortune during the 2016 IPI Park Tank™ competition, Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the International Read More »

  • Blanca Gamez of University of Texas, Austin’s Parking & Transportation Services is IPI’s Parking Institute’s 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year

    Assistant Director of Parking & Transportation Services at UT-Austin wins inaugural award (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) named Blanca Gamez, assistant director of Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, as 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year. Read More »

  • IPI Honors Jeremy Hernandez as 2016 Parking Staff Member of the Year

    Bicycle coordinator at the University of Texas (UT) – Austin’s Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) singled out for initiatives that support alternatives to driving on a parking-centric campus (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) named Jeremy Hernandez, bicycle coordinator at the University of Texas Read More »

  • Two Texas Universities Honored as International Parking Institute’s 2016 Parking Organizations of the Year

    Parking organizations at Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Austin are recognized for sustainability, efficiency, and financial success (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has singled out two university parking organizations, Texas Tech University Transportation & Parking Services and the University of Read More »

  • SP+ is First Commercial Operator to Earn IPI’s Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Designation

    SP+, one of North America’s largest parking providers, achieves comprehensive standard of excellence; Miami Parking Authority and ParkHouston earn advanced Accreditation with Distinction (NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) The International Parking Institute (IPI)’s newest certification program, Accredited Parking Organization (APO), has certified its first commercial parking operator, SP+, a Read More »

  • IPI Honors Cathy Harrison of Arizona State University as 2016 Parking Supervisor of the Year

    Office supervisor at Arizona State University Parking & Transit Services (PTS) is honored for her exemplary customer-service and management style (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) named Cathy Harrison, office supervisor at Arizona State University Parking & Transit Services (PTS) as its 2016 Parking Read More »

  • Preparing for Crisis: New Publication Provides Resources for Parking Professionals on the Sensitive Issue of Suicide in Parking Facilities

    Increased awareness and education may save lives and reduce trauma (Alexandria, Va., May 18, 2016) – Suicide has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, according to a recent report by the National Center for Health StatisticsWhile only about two percent of the estimated 43,000 suicides each year Read More »

  • H. Carl Walker Honored by International Parking Institute for Lifetime Achievement

    Prestigious industry award bestowed upon Walker for pioneering role in parking-structure design (NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that H. Carl Walker, former chief executive officer of Carl Walker, Inc., is the 2016 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was created Read More »

  • Anne Guest and Melinda Alonzo Share Honors as IPI’s 2016 Parking Professionals of the Year

    Missoula (Mont.) Parking Commission and Arizona State University’s Parking & Transit Services professionals are recognized for their outstanding management-level achievements (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that two recipients will share its 2016 James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year award: Anne Read More »

  • 2016 IPI Conference & Expo – Nashville, TN

    Join the International Parking Institute for the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo, May 17-20, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. The IPI Conference & Expo is the largest, most exciting parking event in the world, with more than 250 exhibitors, thousands of products and services, Read More »

  • Pre-Conference Program: Green Garage Assessor Training

    Green Garage Assessor Training is a one-day class covering the theory and practice of building certification and the emergence of Green Garage Certification, now ParkSmart, and offering a deep-dive into the specific management, programmatic, technological, and structural elements of certification. The course equips you with the knowledge to lead a Read More »

  • Pre-Conference Program: APO Site Reviewer Training

    The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program launched in June 2015 at the IPI Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The new certification recognizes parking organizations that have achieved a comprehensive standard of excellence, based on best practices in responsible parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, safety, and security. Read More »

  • Behind the Fine Print: A Blueprint to Parking Management, Operations, and Regulations

    A common challenge is doing more with less. In some cases, human positions are eliminated in favor of technology-based solutions. This course covers management topics such as having the opportunity to evaluate management practices and recognize where changes might need to be made to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Read More »

  • Something About Nashville

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE Growing up, my family and I listened to a lot of different music genres. Being from a large family, there was always music in the air, either on the transistor radio (which is nothing like your iPhone for those asking “what is that?”), on the turntable Read More »

  • IPI/UVA Business Management Course

    Creating an environment for employees to generate success is a priority. Explore various management theories and their common themes. Pathways and pitfalls of individual personality styles are studied and we examine the natural conflicts that can occur in communication among people with differing styles. Examine the role of ethics in Read More »

  • IPI’s New 30-Second Public Service Video Seeks to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Parked Cars

    Parking Safety Matters campaign reminds drivers not to leave children in sweltering back seats this summer ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 15, 2016 – On average, a child dies from heatstroke in the back seat of a parked car every 10 days, and the death toll typically rises to two per week Read More »

  • APO Summary

    Snapshot of how to become an Accredited Parking Organization (APO). Overview: How to Become an Accredited Parking Organization

  • Take a Tour

    By Jason M. Jones So little time, so much to do. How does one decide what educational sessions or activities to partake in when attending the IPI Conference & Expo in Nashville? Let’s treat this event like you’re going to a large amusement park except there is no special pass Read More »

  • Cupertino Garage: Demand-Control Ventilation System Pays for Itself with Energy Savings

    One of the greatest sources of energy consumption – and consequent operational costs – for an enclosed, commercial garage is the mechanical system that ventilates it. Ventilation can account for more than 30 percent of a property’s total, annual energy bill, consuming upwards of 400,000-kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. Some Read More »

  • Suicide in Parking Facilities: Prevention, Response, and Recovery

    Just published, May 2016 12-page publication, color, PDF Produced by the International Parking Institute in collaboration with leading suicide experts. This publication is provided as an informative tool intended for use by organizations that design, manage, or operate parking garages as they consider the issue of suicide prevention, response, and Read More »

  • Parking Management — Planning, Design and Operations

    The third volume in the Parking 101 Series provides you the best information and training available to succeed as a parking and transportation professional. Learn from the top experts in the parking industry through chapters such as: Parking Demand Studies Projecting Parking Usage Successful Parking System Organizational Models Essential Elements Read More »

  • Bikes Storm Manhattan

    Love your bike? Do you love your bike as much as New Yorkers love their bikes? Because there, new apartment and condo buildings are not only incorporating bike storage rooms, but they’re tricked out with repair tables, tire pumps, their own entrances or elevators, cushioned hooks for helmets, and sometimes, Read More »

  • Let the Games Begin!

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM I recently saw something running through my Facebook feed that said, “Being an adult was by far the stupidest thing I’ve ever done.” It made me chuckle and of course I had to hit the share button. Remember when you were a kid and all you Read More »

  • Smart Card Alliance and International Parking Institute Publish New Edition of EMV and Parking White Paper

    White paper provides updates on EMV chip technology, transition, and implementation in parking PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., May 10, 2016 –With the U.S. moving to EMV chip technology for more secure credit and debit card payments, parking industry stakeholders across the payments value chain recognize the need to learn about EMV Read More »

  • APO — The Pursuit of Parking Excellence

    By Casey Jones, CAPP I earned my CAPP credential almost 10 years ago now. At the time, there were only about 100 active CAPPs in the world. I was also the only CAPP in my organization of more than 60 people. Since then, the number of parking professionals who have Read More »

  • Parking Takes on Homelessness

    Twelve years ago, the City of Santa Barbara, Calif., partnered with a local nonprofit to provide overnight parking spaces to people living in RVs and cars. While most neighbors don’t even know the program exists, it’s offered safe haven to thousands of working poor in the area who are biding Read More »

  • Online Course: Foundations of Finance

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: The Foundations of Finance course is an interactive course where you are selected to work for the City of Park.  The City of Park needs another 1000 parking space structure built before a new super shopping center opens. The anticipated cost is between 20 Read More »

  • Were Your Ears Burning? Philadelphia was All About Parking Yesterday

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP Highlights from the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance (DVSGA) Spring Forum yesterday, featuring Professor Donald Shoup and an insightful panel, included a discussion of The High Cost of Free Parking, as well as parking issues that challenge our city but are common across the country.  Moderator Andrew Stober, vice president of Read More »

  • EMV and Parking: What You Need to Know

    By Randy Vanderhoof The U.S. migration to EMV chip technology is progressing quickly — more than 400 million chip cards have already been issued and 1.2 million merchants are enabled to accept them. With October 2015 EMV fraud liability shifts in place and consumer awareness of security benefits of chip Read More »

  • Available Now: Online CAPP Practice Exam

    Practice makes perfect.    Testing can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. IPI has released a new, online practice exam designed to simulate and prepare you to take the CAPP examination.    Find out more about the online practice exam and take the next step in your career. Read More »

  • Member News: Winpark Adds Mary Mabry to Management Team

    Winpark announced today that they have hired Mary Mabry as the company’s new senior parking assistant for the prestigious Chase Tower parking garages. “We are so honored to welcome Mary to the Winpark family,” said Liliana Rambo, Winpark’s president. “Mary brings an impressive wealth of experience and valuable industry expertise that Read More »

  • Member News: Winpark’s Lauren Nelson Honored with Texas Parking & Transportation Association Award

    Winpark announced today that the company’s Senior Parking Operations Manager, Lauren Nelson, was recently honored in the parking employee category of the 2016 Texas Parking & Transportation Association’s Awards of Excellence. “We are all very proud of Lauren’s accomplishments,” proclaimed Liliana Rambo, Winpark’s president.“ Lauren’s tireless efforts for Winpark, our clients Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Unlocking the Power of Data: Using GIS to Store, Manage, and Empower Your Parking and Transportation Data

    On Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Parking and transportation professionals looking for cutting-edge technology to enforce and collect revenue, identify needs, and manage demands often overlook the use of geographic information systems (GIS). Planners and engineers are using GIS to store, assess, manage, and identify trends Read More »

  • Don’t Forget to Pack Your Boots!

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM Perhaps your mother told you: Always wear clean socks (and underwear) — you never know what’s going to happen in a day. Or maybe your driver’s ed teacher urged you to give stick shifts a chance so you would be ready to go in any situation. Read More »

  • CAPP Online Practice Exam

    Why CAPP? Increased knowledge and certification leads to better performance, visibility, opportunities, and jobs. In an increasingly complex and highly-specialized working environment, accredited credentials are very important. For many career-minded professionals, certification is often the answer to convincing potential employers that they can do the job and do it successfully. Read More »

  • NIMS, ICS, and the Parking Professional

    By Mark D. Napier, CAPP In this month’s The Parking Professional, I authored a very detailed article covering the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). While it may seem that these concepts are limited in utility to first responders and only to the most critical of Read More »

  • More than ACRONYMS

    Why parking professionals need to understand NIMS and ICS and what each can do in a disaster. By Mark D. Napier, CAPP It is important for all parking professionals to understand the basic tenants of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). The fundamentals of Read More »

  • In the News: Car Sales Up

    Worried about cars losing their popularity? According to reports released last week, car sales are expected to jump in May. And it’s not just the analysts noticing a spike in vehicle sales: Sirius XM, the satellite radio company, reports its quarterly revenue has skyrocketed by 11 percent over last quarter Read More »

  • Three Tenets of Great Customer Service

    By Kim Fernandez Grab an item of clothing out of my closet and there’s a better-than-average chance its label will read L.L. Bean. T-shirts to dresses to shoes (even my summer flip-flops), the legendary green and white label is a staple of my wardrobe. It’s not that Bean’s more stylish Read More »

  • Efficiencies: Good for Your Operation or the Customer?

    By Victor A. Hill, MPA It’s always a good idea to improve operations to ensure customers get solid service. However, it’s important to ensure that customer service isn’t undercut at the expense of efficiencies for staff. I saw this first-hand recently at two government agencies. First, I renewed my driver’s Read More »

  • Learning to Love All 50 DMVs

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM It’s an age-old joke: Nobody likes going to the DMV. Long lines, disgruntled employees, and vague instructions add up to a miserable experience. And that’s just from the customer’s point of view. Most DMVs are dealing with a huge backlog of unpaid citations — something your Read More »

  • Time Flies and Technology Changes

    By Scott Kangas, CAPP When I started my parking life as a student parking attendant at the University of Minnesota about 1975, only several of the parking decks had a level with a ticket spitter. Even the decks that had spitters had a time clock that one used to manually Read More »

  • IPI Online Learning Earns GBCI Credit

    IPI’s online catalog is expanding by leaps and bounds, and now we have a new feather in our cap. Sustainability in Parking, one of our most popular online learning courses, now qualifies for two valuable GBCI credits toward maintaining LEED AP and LEED GA credentials, and is featured in the Read More »

  • Take the LEEP – Submissions due June 15, 2016

    The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign is a program offering free guidance and recognition to facility owners and managers interested in implementing energy-efficient lighting solutions in their parking lots and structures.   Phase 2 awards submissions are due June 15, 2016.  Awardees will be recognized at GreenBuild this Read More »

  • Just Released: Bike Share Siting Guide

    Parking facilities—lots and garages—can be a natural fit for bike-share stations. After all, it’s often the last mile or two of a multi-modal trip that offers the best opportunity for bike transportation, and having a bike sharing station at either end of that journey makes it a no-brainer. Last week—same Read More »

  • Case Study: Transformative Restoration: From Eyesore to Talk of the Town in Lexington, Ky.

    The question of whether to demolish or repair the badly deteriorating, 40-year-old Helix Parking Structure, located between two government buildings in Lexington, Ky., ultimately led to a $4 million renovation project that incorporated significant structural and waterproofing repairs, lighting upgrades, signage enhancement, exterior revitalization, and numerous other sustainability features. Drivers Read More »

  • Case Study: City of Ann Arbor’s Library Lane Parking Garage: Beauty Meets Function

    The Library Lane underground parking structure was strategically conceived to help  revitalize downtown Ann Arbor’s midtown area while encouraging new private investment and creating a stronger connection between Main Street and the University of Michigan campus. The city of Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority wanted 761 spaces to support new Read More »

  • Shooting for Net-Zero

    Our next Earth Day post comes from Propark America about one of the greenest parking facilities in the country: From the beginning, Canopy Airport Parking at Denver International Airport was meant to be the most sustainable parking lot on the planet, and it has exceeded that expectation. Canopy Airport Parking Read More »

  • Earth Day and Parking

    By Kathleen Federici, M.Ed. Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than 1 billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and Read More »

  • It’s Always Sunny in Arizona

    Today’s post comes from Arizona State University, where they have some serious solar power! Three major installations help power the university, significantly reducing fossil fuel consumption and emissions. The Wells Fargo Solar installation generates a total wattage of more than 24.1 MWdc (megawatts) at 89 locations across all four campuses and the Read More »

  • We’re Reading…

    Hearing customer complaints about how much longer EMV credit card transactions take than their old magnetic-swipe counterparts? Visa’s addressing the problem with a software upgrade that speeds up the process.  “Visa said that the new software would allow customers to dip and remove their cards from payment terminals in two Read More »

  • Why Drive When You Can Park and Ride?

    Today’s post comes from Watry Design and focuses on the role of structured parking to support advanced mobility options in the “Inland Empire” of Southern California: After opening on March 5, already more than 70 percent of Gold Line extension riders are new to Metro. In addition, 66 percent of Read More »

  • Checking In from Utopia

    By Brett Wood, PE, CAPP Last year, about this time, I posted about a very interesting project I was working on in Aurora, Colo. I’m happy to report things are progressing and you can learn more about our efforts in this month’s The Parking Professional. In short, we were working Read More »

  • Distracted Parking

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I recently had an assignment to research pedestrian safety best practices in parking facilities. While this has always been an issue to some degree, the same technology advances that have made distracted driving such an important topic also apply to increased incidents of accidents in Read More »

  • Do you know enough about DCV?

    Today’s Earth Week blog post features tangible benefits for people, planet, and profit! Did you know that demand-control ventilation systems for commercial garages can cut energy bills significantly? Consumption at a Silicon Valley mixed-use development reduced by 500,600 kWh a year.  In terms of greenhouse gas emissions eliminated, that equates Read More »

  • Hands-On vs. Online: Shopping in the Digital Age

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM You can buy practically anything online these days. From every corner of the world, from the obscure to the ordinary, nothing is out of reach anymore. You read reviews, compare products, and take a leap of faith in your purchase — after all, most retailers offer Read More »

  • Every Day is Earth Day

    Every day is Earth Day, and a  new opportunity to make sustainable decision(s) a priority. Follow along with our afternoon blog every day this week to see how parking professionals are making a big impact on the triple bottom line.  IPI’s Sustainability Committee is highlighting programs and initiatives from progressive Read More »

  • Smart Parking Qatar 2016 Conference

    Read more about this event here in the Press Release.

  • I Got the Music in Me

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP We’re getting ready to convene in Music City. If you’re anything like me, a song can bring back a memory, a feeling, or a sense of nostalgia after just a few notes. The first real song I really remember singing all the words to was Read More »

  • The Problem with RFPs

    By Pierre Koudelka With technology ever changing, we find that PARCS specifications are having a hard time keeping up. Even more divisive is the fact these specifications (RFPs) are often a result of multiple cut-and-paste procedures of different systems types that no longer make sense and cause issues for all Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Parking as a Profession: Preparing for the Future

    On Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members From coin-operated meters to automated garages and mobile payments, from meter maids to hand-held ticket writers and license plate recognition systems, we have come a long way in the parking industry. Due to advancements in technology and the adoption of Read More »

  • But where will we park?

    by Rachel Yoka, CAPP Spring break vacation days with the kids can be a challenge right?  So when we were looking for something fun to do as a family over the break, and it just happened to be the peak for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, we toyed Read More »

  • Homeland Security: Everything to do with Parking

    By Alex Smith Homeland Security: a phrase that hid in the shadows of the American public until the morning of September 11, 2001. Since that tragic morning, Homeland Security has become something that is embedded in every part of our culture, from shopping at the mall to going to the Read More »

  • Experts Needed

    Why the way your RFPs are written is setting you up for disappointment and what the industry can do about it. By Pierre Koudelka As it pertains specifically to parking access and revenue control systems (PARCS), your RFP may not be getting you what you intend. In my career as Read More »

  • Transportation: The Proverbial Road to Success

    Education is an essential part of one’s growth. It provides learning that is necessary to help develop a person’s personality and helps form opinions and one’s identity. Of course, it also affects a person’s  ability to achieve higher-paying employment and prospects for a brighter future. In a recent Washington Post article, Read More »

  • Member News: Impark Acquires U.S.-wide parking company; Republic Parking

    VANCOUVER, B.C. (April 8, 2016): Imperial Parking Corporation (“Impark”), one of North America’s leading parking operators, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Republic Parking System, a parking management company headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, and Republic Parking Northwest, based in Seattle, (collectively “Republic Parking”) operating facilities in more than 100 Read More »

  • Lost & Found: Would Your Staff Rate as Highly as Rodney?

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA I lost my wallet in a parking garage. Of course I didn’t know I lost my wallet in a parking garage at first. First I was just faced with that awful realization that this situation was going to be a royal pain in the Read More »

  • Predicting the Future of Work

    By Kathleen Laney Our lives today are dramatically different than 10 or 20 years ago, especially when it comes to work. Advances in technology and artificial intelligence, the spread of digital interconnectivity, and increases in automation and robotic dexterity have fundamentally changed work for both the employer and employee. These Read More »

  • Parking’s Friendliest Time of the Year

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM In today’s demanding world, it’s important to stay competitive and on top of the “next big thing.” That usually means working hard, often behind a screen. But there’s also something to be said about doing things the old-fashioned way — building relationships face-to-face and sharing information Read More »

  • We’re Reading…

    “… we love parking. Where we live, work and even eat is shaped by where we can park our cars.  A car has been the pet that Americans insist on accommodating, in numbers ten times higher than modern parts of Asia like Hong Kong. But now a change is at Read More »

  • Parking Management – The Next Level: Volume 2 in the Parking 101 Series

    The International Parking Institute is pleased to present the second publication in the Parking 101 Series, PARKING MANAGEMENT – THE NEXT LEVEL. This publication is designed to serve as a continuation and deeper exploration of basic topics covered in the first publication, PARKING 101 – A PARKING PRIMER. This publication Read More »

  • Parking 101 – A Parking Primer: A Publication of the International Parking Institute (The Parking 101 Series)

    The International Parking Institute is pleased to provide this handbook, PARKING 101 — A Parking Primer. It is designed to serve as a “first source” for those faced with an unfamiliar parking issue. This handbook is also designed to provide the user basic information on a wide variety of topics Read More »

  • It’s Time To Have Some Fun

    By Bill Smith, APR I’m here to preach the gospel of fun to you today! Marketing doesn’t have to be boring—in fact, it should never be boring. Nor should it be staid or timid. One of the most important things you can do in your marketing is give prospective customers Read More »

  • A Prime Parking Space but No Green Jacket

    Most sports fans will recognize the names of Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus, and Woods, but the name Dan Jenkins may not ring a bell.  Mr. Jenkins was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. His notoriety didn’t come from his driving or putting ability, but more from Read More »

  • Parksmart Advisor Training Offers GBCI Credits, New Dates Announced

    IPI, as an approved USGBC Education Provider, now offers LEED-accredited professionals valuable continuing education credits to maintain their LEED AP and LEED GA credentials. Parksmart Advisor Training (formerly Green Garage Assessor) now offers GBCI credit for LEED accredited professionals for 7 CE Hour(s). Attend a Parksmart Advisor Training course today: Read More »

  • Fifty Shades of Blue

    By Casey Jones, CAPP Last year, I traveled about 130,000 miles. My work takes me to all kinds of places and I have the chance to be in lots of different airports along the way. There are also a few I travel to and through more frequently–DEN, SFO, ORD, and Read More »

  • Perhaps You Don’t Know Who I Am

    By Cindy Campbell Having spent three decades of my professional life working in a campus environment, I came to recognize the sights and sounds of customer entitlement. Several years ago, I made the assumption that campus parking programs had the corner on the “I’m kind of a big deal” mindset. Read More »

  • Don’t Take it from Us

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM The best education in the parking industry, access to the hottest technology, unparalleled networking opportunities:  We could go on and on about why the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo, May 17-20, Nashville, Tenn., is going to live up to its reputation as the biggest and best Read More »

  • Tires of the Future

    By Frank Giles Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t reinvent the wheel?” Sounds like sound advice, right? Well don’t tell that to the people at Goodyear Tire because they are, in fact, reinventing the wheel. With all of the advances in automotive technology taking place these days, it’s difficult Read More »

  • In the News: A Fine Day in Parking

    There are days it seems nobody loves parking officers and days the sun shines just right upon their careers. Sunday was a sunny day, as the Washington Post Magazine’s weekly profile a of D.C. resident focused on city resident, father of four, and parking enforcement officer Jason Thomas. Jason Thomas Read More »

  • World Tour’s Over. Now Where’s She Going to Park?

    We don’t like to gossip (much), but Madonna’s in the headlines again and this time it’s all about parking. Seems even the Material Girl can’t just plop no-parking signs (or have custom concrete poured to reinforce the message—it’s good to be a pop star) wherever she pleases. Neighbors still have Read More »

  • Four Exceptional Days for the Dr. Google in All of Us

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM As parking professionals in a fast-paced world, you have no doubt experienced a problem or encountered a process at your organization that you would like to improve. What do you do about it? Most likely you take your question straight to your favorite search engine or Read More »

  • Welcome!

    By Kim Jackson, CAPP Welcome to your new homepage! I’m so happy to introduce the new parking.org site and hope you’ll make it a regular daily stop. The parking industry’s premier online resource has new look that’s easy to navigate, offers many new features, plus more news and updates. There’s Read More »

  • Parking Safety Matters PSA: Heatstroke (customize for your organization)

    Customizable public safety ad about preventing heatstroke deaths of children in parked cars. PM Safety Matters Flyer Customizable

  • Parking Safety Matters PSA and Fact Sheet: Heatstroke

    Combined public safety ad and fact sheet on preventing heatstroke deaths of children in parked cars. Get the fact sheet only.

  • Going Greener by Rachel Yoka

    Did you hear?  Green Garage Certification and our industry have taken a great leap forward.   Here comes the alphabet soup—glossary provided! The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification arm of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), acquired the program as of January 1 of this year. The USGBC’s Read More »

  • News from ADVAM

    March 10, 2016 ADVAM and NCP receive Highly Commended at British Parking Awards

  • City of Ann Arbor’s Library Lane Parking Garage: Beauty Meets Function

    The Library Lane underground parking structure was strategically conceived to help revitalize downtown Ann Arbor’s midtown area, while encouraging new private investment and creating a stronger connection between Main Street and the University of Michigan campus. The city of Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority wanted 761 spaces to support new Read More »

  • Cornell University’s Forest Home Parking Garage Earns Green Garage Certification

    Among the first parking structures to earn Green Garage Certification in the United States, the Forest Home Garage, constructed in 2009, is a perfect example of how sustainable innovation can be achieved through retrofitting an existing facility. Located at the north end of the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, the garage plays an important Read More »

  • Vote in the IPI 2016 Board of Directors Election

    The polls for the IPI 2016 Board of Directors election are open now through Wednesday, March 30, 2016. There are nine candidates in this year’s election for five available positions. Please take a moment to review the candidates’ biographies and platforms. Candidates are listed randomly on the ballot. Only the primary Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: How Data Plays a Role in Parking from Today to 2030!

    On Demand Archive: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members This webinar will explore thought leadership around data as it relates to parking. Check out the view from inside Silicon Valley as we explore how the tech giants view parking data and the implications for the future of your business. Read More »

  • How to Park: The Must-Read Manual for Teen Drivers

    Tips for helping teenagers become safe drivers.  Designed for teens and their parents. How to Park

  • Sustainable Parking Design & Management: A Practitioner’s Handbook

    Sustainable Parking Design & Management: A Practitioner’s Handbook is the parking industry’s first reference book on sustainability. The parking industry has a tremendous role to play in sustainability, and this handbook will guide parking professionals in their green initiatives. Available through parking.org in hardback or on Amazon, this is a must-have Read More »

  • Leading by Example by Bonnie Watts, CEM

    We all have that friend or colleague. You know the one—he or she is always working, seemingly around the clock, rain or shine, sick or well, holiday or working hours. Even with an out-of-office message up, they are still responding to emails promptly and answering phone calls as best they Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Big Data

    Recorded on January 21, 2015 (60 minutes) Big Data There is big data in parking!  Parking operation systems generate data.  Proponents of big data believe that there are relationships in the data that offer tell-tale signs of how your operation is performing. Big Data in parking aims to bring all systems Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: EVs and DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge

    Recorded on February 25, 2015 (60 minutes) EVs and DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge When it comes to parking, employers and facility managers are working together to make plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations the next bike racks. Parking providers that offer charging to workplaces can have a competitive advantage when attracting Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Recovering Outstanding Debt Strategies

    Recorded on March 25, 2015 (60 minutes) Recovering Outstanding Debt Strategies The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) moved to a fully-integrated distributed parking citation information management system (PCIMS). The new PCIMS provides the HPA with a means to increase in net on-street parking revenues $393,903 over the forecasted budget. Examine how the Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: TDM Case Study: Seattle Children’s Hospital

    Recorded on April 15, 2015 (60 minutes) TDM Case Study: Seattle Children’s Hospital This webinar will explore Seattle Children’s Hospital’s transportation strategic plans and the role Luum plays as the underlying technology platform supporting these parking/shuttle/commuter initiative. Presenters: Tyler Simpson is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Luum.  As CTO his responsibilities Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Airport Parking: Repair and Maintenance While Structures are in Use

    Recorded on May 20, 2015 (60 minutes) Airport Parking: Repair and Maintenance While Structures are in Use This webinar outlines the best practices based on survey of 12 U.S. airports. Based on the findings, critical factors are examined for undertaking an effective repair and maintenance program for airport parking structures while Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Emergency & Disaster Preparation

    Recorded on June 17, 2015 (60 minutes) Emergency & Disaster Preparation Parking and transportation professionals go to work every day knowing that at any moment an emergency could turn things upside-down. As parking and transportation professionals charged with the safety and welfare of our customers and stakeholders, we have only one Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Payment Systems: Countdown to EMV Chip Technology Rollout

    Recorded on July 15, 2015 (60 minutes) Payment Systems: Countdown to EMV Chip Technology Rollout Europay, MasterCard, and Visa EMV is coming to the United States. The effect on credit card processing is significant across the entire payments infrastructure: including payments practices in the parking industry.  By November of 2015, our Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Parking Operation

    Recorded on August 19, 2015 (60 minutes) Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Parking Operation In 2014, IPI partnered with Governing Magazine to create a survey that identified top trends in parking and transportation. According to the magazine’s membership – which consists of key municipal leadership and staff – “Developing a Read More »

  • Submit an Article

    To submit an article for The Parking Professional, please send a short summary of your idea to Kim Fernandez at Fernandez@parking.org.  

  • Submit a News Release

    To submit a news release for a member organization for the Community Digest in The Parking Professional, please send to Kim Fernandez at Fernandez@parking.org.  

  • IPI Webinar: Chinatown, D.C. Case Study: Multimodal Value Pricing Pilot and Curbside Management

    Recorded on September 16, 2015 (60 minutes) Chinatown, D.C. Case Study: Multimodal Value Pricing Pilot and Curbside Management In this webinar you will learn interesting information about what is going on with the launch of the Chinatown Multimodal Value Pricing Pilot and some data-based approach to curbside management. In this webinar, Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Parking Construction: New Technology, Innovation, Practices and Delivery

    Recorded on October 21, 2015 (60 minutes) Parking Construction: New Technology, Innovation, Practices and Delivery How a project will be designed and constructed, or the project delivery method are critical considerations made by every owner embarking on a construction project. With a variety of delivery methods in use today, it is Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Innovation in Municipal Operations — Government at Its Best

    Recorded on November 18, 2015 (60 minutes) Innovation in Municipal Operations-Government at Its Best Parking has changed radically in the last few years, and many municipal operations have been at the forefront of that change.  This webinar will feature an experienced panel of presenters from the government sector, and discuss how Read More »

  • Online Course: Sustainability in Parking and Transportation

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: Sustainability in Parking and Transportation defines how the parking industry works with the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. The course includes decisions, actions, and impacts on parking design, facilities, and operations based on IPI’s Framework on Sustainability and the United States Read More »

  • Online Course: On-Street Parking Regulations and Maintenance

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: Managing the supply of on-street parking is a tough challenge that faces municipalities. One of a city’s major functions is to support economic development by helping to ensure sufficient parking exists near major destinations. In this course you will learn about the different types Read More »

  • Online Course: Conflict Resolution

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: Conflicts are inevitable for anyone who deals with customers, colleagues, or teams. Understanding how personal communication and conflict styles can be tailored for more beneficial outcomes is key. Starting with a self-assessment, this course identifies stages of group development and sources of workplace conflict Read More »

  • Online Course: Customer Service

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: What defines good customer service? It may sound simple, but it’s all about skills, including active listening, positively reframing customer words, understanding nonverbal behaviors, and specific communication techniques. This course is designed for frontline parking personnel and their managers, this one-hour course can revolutionize Read More »

  • Online Course: Technology Trends in Parking (Version 2.0)

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course:   This course is intended to educate decision makers about technology trends in the parking industry. This includes managers and directors of parking operations; parking facility operators; team leaders; or others who are familiar with technological elements of a parking operation. The knowledge gained through Read More »

  • Online Course: Parking Enforcement

    Level: Foundational/basic course About the course: Designed for new and experienced parking enforcement officers and other interested parking professionals, this course addresses the myriad situations, duties, and technologies encountered on the job. It covers the basics every parking enforcement officer should know, including parking ordinances, regulations, violation adjudication, and stakeholder Read More »

  • Online Course: Introduction to Parking

    Level:  Foundational/basic course About the course:  Introduction to Parking is a perfect way to acquaint newly-hired parking professionals with the industry and its unique characteristics. This course offers a complete introduction to parking enforcement, on- and off-street parking, revenue control, safety and security, communications, and customer service, to build a Read More »

  • Webinar Archive List

    To access any of these webinar topics, register here. • A Deeper Dive into What the Durbin Amendment Means for Parking • ADA and Parking • Airport Parking: Repair and Maintenance While Structures are in Use • Automated Parking Guidance Systems: The Next Big Thing • Best Practices and Challenges Read More »

  • On-Site Training: Conflict Resolution

    Course Description Conflict is an inevitable part of human relationships. Conflict resolution training focuses on the particularly challenging area of attitudes and values. During the course, participants will: • Examine the four sources of workplace conflict, • Discuss personal conflict styles and complete a brief assessment regarding motivations, • Review Read More »

  • On-Site Training: Customer Service

    Course Description Customer Service experts have long agreed that community relations training needs to focus on attitudes and values. The true challenge is to find out those factors — personal and organizational — that get in the way of employee performance and inhibit their effectiveness. IPI’s Customer Service course increases Read More »

  • IPI Launches Spanish-Language Magazine for Parking Professionals

    International Parking Institute Launches Spanish-Language Magazine for Parking Professionals The International Parking Institute (IPI), the world’s largest parking industry association, is launching Industria del Estacionamiento, a semiannual, digital, Spanish-language magazine for parking professionals. The new magazine serves as an extension of IPI’s flagship publication, The Parking Professional, which provides parking professionals Read More »

  • Breaking news for Qatar’s parking industry

    Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to announce the launch of the first annual conference dedicated to the design, development and management of Qatar’s parking facilities. 18-19 April 2016 With congestion and parking being a major challenge for Qatar, this presents opportunities for the parking industry to provide solutions for Read More »

  • Industria del Estacionamiento – Winter 2016, Volume 1

    Industria del Estacionamiento, launched in January 2016, is IPI’s Spanish-language magazine, bringing news, trends, case studies, and analysis to Spanish-speaking parking professionals with a focus on Mexico and Latin America. Each biennial issue of the electronic magazine includes a note from IPI and four to six features, incorporating original content Read More »

  • It's Okay to be a Planner by Shawn Conrad, CAE

    “There is no reason to have a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.”             – Will Smith While Will Smith could be correct, he obviously doesn’t adhere to Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Which is why people (like me) like having a Plan Read More »

  • Going Green with LED Lighting Retrofits

    By Jennifer I. Tougas, PhD, CAPP If you are looking for ways to save money in your operation, take a hard look at your lighting system. Recent advances in the lighting industry allow us to save energy with more efficient fixtures, more intelligent controls, and lower maintenance needs. All of Read More »

  • A Light Bulb Moment for These LED Times by Bonnie Watts, CEM

    As parking professionals, we cram a lot into the workday. From reviewing documents and responding to emails to leading meetings and conducting interviews, to say we’re busy is an understatement. Now add to that the pressure to stay on top of emerging industry trends and technologies. Who has the time?  Read More »

  • A Parking Hat Trick

    What university wouldn’t jump at the chance to build a world-class ice arena? Penn State did, for good reason. But the new complex posed complicated parking challenges — more people visiting during busy hours, conflicts with daytime academic parking needs, and the need to develop a new permit system for Read More »

  • Heading to Nashville! by Kathleen Federici

    Whenever my family gets ready for any trip, it looks like I have packed for years, not just one week. In my defense, I have two young children so we bring everything and the kitchen sink. When it is a road trip, though, the inside of the car is fully Read More »

  • Membership Test

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  • Don’t Forget the Kids

    By Stasha Echols As we hit the middle of the year and temperatures start climbing, we have vacations and cookouts and summer fun on our minds. Along with the summer fun comes the summer heat, and with the summer heat come stories of children and pets being left in hot Read More »

  • Inspiration Galore

    Looking for inspiration? The 16 winners of IPI’s second annual Parking Matters® Marketing & Communications Awards will get your creative juices flowing. You’ll find ideas you can adapt to your own organization that help advance the parking profession, educate audiences about the value of parking expertise, communicate about parking and Read More »

  • Shining Stars

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP You’re about to meet a parking services officer with a characteristically friendly smile who is well-known for her high level of service; an excellent leader and respected supervisor who keeps his team motivated to do its best; a municipal authority whose independent Read More »

  • Form and Function

    By Tracey Bruch, CAPP, and Anderson Moore Lots of people don’t think “gorgeous” when they think “parking.” Members of IPI know they should because the parking lots and garages currently under construction and being renovated are often things of beauty, offering amenities and aesthetics to their communities and often serving Read More »

  • National Guidelines A Green Idea

    By Paul Wessel I was struck when reading “In Sickness and In Health,” Christina Onesirosan Martinez’s April Parking Matters® Blog (blog.parking.org) post, that Britain’s Department of Health had issued comprehensive parking guidelines. It’s hard to imagine the U.S. National Institutes of Health or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doing Read More »

  • Autonomous Vehicles and Parking

    By Mike Robertson Slightly more than 100 years ago, our daily transportation mode began to shift from horsepower (the literal kind) to the internal combustion engine, ultimately providing us with the freedom to travel in a way that could not have been imagined. Self-driving vehicles (or autonomous vehicles) have the Read More »

  • Greening the Walls

    By Vicki Lee Parking structures haven’t traditionally been viewed as things of beauty; historically, they’ve been thought of as dull, gray, and packed with vehicles that emit pollutants. An increasingly popular solution to this challenge has been to cover parking garages’ façades with living green walls. Green walls, also known Read More »

  • EVs Everywhere

    By Sarah Olexsak When it comes to parking, employers and facility managers are working together to make plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations the next bike racks. Parking providers that offer charging to workplaces can have a competitive advantage when attracting clients in ­cutting-edge industries. Employers have long recognized that Read More »

  • Lots of Greening

    By Brian McKelligett The city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently completed an almost one-year renovation of its very popular and recently renamed Cox’s Landing 15th Street Boat Launch. This launch facility has long been popular with boaters thanks to its easy access to the ocean. The city estimates that more Read More »

  • Making a LEEP

    By Michael Myer There’s no doubt about it: Parking facility lighting has come a long way in recent years, saving energy, money, and nearly countless resources. Thanks to a new campaign and awards program, it’s taking a giant LEEP and hopes to achieve more than 500 million square feet of Read More »

  • Transforming Green

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) was founded in 1993 to promote sustainability in the way buildings are designed, built, and operated. It developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and professional credentials and hosts the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, billed as the world’s Read More »

  • Making the Garage Green in Every Way

    By Brian Shaw, CAPP I recently started working for Stanford University as its director of parking and transportation services. Stanford is known as one of the leading sustainable universities in the country, and a number of ranking and recognition programs have given the university high marks for its sustainability programs Read More »

  • Simplifying the EV Charging Equation

    By Michael Nichols The statistics are compelling and the pressures are mounting: It’s almost a foregone conclusion that at some point in the future, your facility will add electric vehicle (EV) charging capabilities. In other words, it’s not a matter of if, but when, your facility will adopt EV charging. Read More »

  • The Right Moment

    By Phill Schragal When it comes to independent parking operators, owners, and property managers often adhere to the old adage, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” However, when assessing the bottom-line performance of an operator, it makes sense to take a closer look every now and then—“broken” can be Read More »

  • Modern Chauffeurs

    By Soumya S. Dey, PE, PMP, and Stephanie Dock, AICP The parking industry has seen more changes in the last decade than it did in the preceding 60-plus years, since the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935. Fundamental shifts are underway that can be categorized into Read More »

  • Elevating the Art of Parking

    By Jim Ketai The Bedrock Real Estate Services team is on a mission to revitalize Detroit by creating jobs, excitement, and opportunity. The short-term results we have achieved since 2011 are noteworthy: 40 properties, including several historic skyscrapers, have been acquired, and more than 100 businesses have been recruited to Read More »

  • Bigger in Texas

    By Peter Caporale Shine your boots and pack your bags—the International Parking Institute (IPI) is going to Texas and looking forward to a rip-roaring four days with thousands of professionals from all segments of the industry, ready for networking, education, and some great fun! The 2014 IPI Conference & Expo Read More »

  • Lessons from LEED

    By Paul Wessel It was a pretty audacious idea. Certifying green buildings? Who cares about that? And even if people care, who’s going to pay for it? That was the response David Gottfried received back in 1992 when the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was just starting Read More »

  • INTRODUCING PAID PARKING

    By Cristina Lynn The introduction of paid parking is complex, and owners and managers justifiably worry about public reaction. Embarking on a paid parking exercise may be motivated by a range of issues such as: The parking facility is being abused by commuters and other drivers who are not visiting Read More »

  • Not So New

    By Isaiah Mouw, CAPP, LEED GA The first purpose-built garage was constructed in Chicago in 1898. Again in Chicago, the earliest recorded multilevel parking garage was built in 1918. Less than a year later, as World War I came to a close, downtown Louisville, Ky., welcomed its first parking facility: Read More »

  • Before I Do

    By Brian Mitchell The average parking facility operator or owner may be involved in one or two major purchases a year, while the average parking sales rep is involved in hundreds. At any given time, a sales rep could be involved in initial discussions with a potential customer, preparing a Read More »

  • Internal Affairs

    By Jeff Reichman We often hear stories of the inventor working alone in a basement lab for hours, searching for a breakthrough. When that breakthrough comes, everything else just falls into place. That might work for basements, but it’s not the case for parking organizations. Simply put, one person’s idea Read More »

  • 2012 IPI Conference & Expo

    There’s a reason the IPI Conference & Expo is the largest parking-specific event in the world: with top-notch educational events, a huge Expo filled with the latest products and services, speakers like no other event, and unparalleled networking opportunities, it is the place to be for parking professionals. TPP-2012-08-2012 IPI Read More »

  • General Direction

    What could an Army general and former high-ranking government official have to say about parking? Turns out, plenty. General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) served as the U.S. National Security Adviser from 1987 to 1989, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993, and Secretary of State under Read More »

  • Strategic Planning Sustainability at its Best

    By Rick Decker, CAPP How do we incorporate sustainability into our parking operations and the strategic planning of our larger organizations? Frequently, budgeting and planning methods are already in place and can be difficult to influence. It appears a daunting task. Let me add some rays of hope. There are Read More »

  • Writing Specifications—Words Matter

    By Chuck Reedstrom, CAPP When writing specifications, the wording you use can make all the difference in ensuring the client receives the exact product or service expected. Too often, the person writing the specifications includes wording that is not specific, not measurable, and just too wordy. Many specifications include wording Read More »

  • Doing It Right

    By William Timmer Up until late 2010, Tacoma, Wash. was one of the few U.S. cities with a population of more than 200,000 that did not have some form of paid on-street parking. The downtown retail core is zoned for mixed use with commercial space for a full range of Read More »

  • Illuminating

    By Philip Lavee The historic Hills Plaza building in San Francisco’s South of Market waterfront district is home to high-profile companies including Google and global architecture and design firm Gensler. When global commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) decided to upgrade the lighting in the parking garage, Read More »

  • Permits? What Permits?

    By Alan M. Rucker and David Davitaia Nearly 25,000 daily parkers use lots and count on the Department of Transportation to provide an accurately enforced and cost-effective approach to parking at the University of Maryland, College Park. Decades ago, the backbone of that system was bumper stickers indicating lot assignment, Read More »

  • From the Far Horizon

    By David Hill, MA, CAPP, and J.D. Hassan As parking professionals, we are no strangers to technological innovation; our industry turns on technology and new ideas and concepts are all around us. But every once in a while, a new idea comes along that has the potential to completely change Read More »

  • Predictive Parking

    By Robert C. Hampshire and Tayo Fabusuyi The Pittsburgh Cultural District is home to the arts and entertainment scene supported by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (PCT), a nonprofit arts organization established in 1984 to lead the cultural and economic development of downtown Pittsburgh, primarily through the use of the arts. Read More »