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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.

  • NEPC Annual Conference

          Annual Conference | April 3-4, 2019 Save the Date! The New England Parking Council will host its Annual Conference and Tradeshow. The conference is an opportunity for parking and transportation professionals to hear the latest in parking technology and services.  The conference is a diverse makeup of the Read More »

  • MSTPA Spring Conference & Tradeshow

        Spring Conference & Tradeshow The Mid-South Transportation and Parking Association is hosting its annual conference in Lexington, KY this coming Spring! Save the date so you can be sure to attend. March 4-6 2019 Hilton Lexington Downtown | 369 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507    

  • GULF TRAFFIC & TRANSPOTECH CONFERENCE 2018

    GULF TRAFFIC & TRANSPOTECH CONFERENCE 2018 Download Agenda here.

  • Florida Parking & Transportation Association 2018 Annual Conference and Trade Show

    Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa 1000 PGA Tour Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 For more information, contact Marilyn Etheridge, Association Manager, metheridge1@verizon.net or 813-787-4509 Registration will open in September 2018.

  • 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 »

  • MAPA 2018 Fall Conference

        2018 Fall Conference The Mid Atlantic Parking Association hosts an annual conference, providing attendees with valuable education, networking, and social opportunities. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The MAPA Fall Conference offers a variety of different sponsorship options. Gold Silver Bronze Lanyard Conference Bag Bar November 7-8, 2018 Event location:  Ramada Inn at 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

    Register today – limited to 100 participants. October 17-19, 2018 The Warwick Hotel, Denver, Colorado Find out more here. 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.

  • NEPC University Forum

            University Forum | October 10, 2018 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 to network Read More »

  • 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.

  • 2018 Carolinas Parking Association (CPA) Annual Conference & Trade Show

    Join us for the 2018 CPA Conference: September 26-28, 2018 Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head, SC Registration for the 2018 CPA conference is coming soon…

  • Introduction to APDS Version 1.0, International Parking Data Standard

    The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) will offer this free webinar on the development of the first international industry-wide standard to streamline data transfer in the parking, transportation, and mobility industry. The APDS, a collaboration of the British Parking Association, the European Parking Association, and the International Parking Institute, Read More »

  • APO Site Reviewer Renewal Training

    APO Site Reviewer Renewal Training – Tuesday, Sept 18, 2 pm to 3:30 pm Eastern REGISTER APO Site Reviewer – Online Renewal Training If you earned APO Site Reviewer status in 2015, it’s time to renew. The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program establishes a benchmark of the quality by which Read More »

  • Introduction to APDS Version 1.0, International Parking Data Standard

    The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) will offer this free webinar on the development of the first international industry-wide standard to streamline data transfer in the parking, transportation, and mobility industry. The APDS, a collaboration of the British Parking Association, the European Parking Association, and the International Parking Institute, Read More »

  • 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 »

  • IPI Webinar: Park That Phone! The Road to a New Brand

    Live Online Webcast: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Description: After a difficult PARCS equipment transition, the University of Cincinnati (UC) needed to find a way to rebrand its image and improve its perception on campus. The Common Read, a program for incoming freshmen, was centered around a book Read More »

  • Northern CA Training: Tactical Communication Training 101 and 201

    Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real Santa Clara CA, 95337 Vari Hall, Weigand Room  Tactical Communication 101: Dealing Effectively with Difficult & Aggressive Behavior This is an interactive course designed to help the participant defuse and de-escalate conflict.  The course is intended to provide front-line customer service personnel with Read More »

  • Member News: Passio Technologies Ranks on Inc. 5000 List

    Passio Technologies Ranks on Inc. 5000 List Passio Technologies was recently recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. The companies identified on this year’s list comprised more than $206.2. billion in 2017. Inc. is an American weekly magazine focused on small Read More »

  • Parking Professional, MENSA Member

    Parking Professional, MENSA Member We all know that parking and mobility professionals are smart. But some are super-smart—and they have the certificates to prove it. They’re also modest. “I don’t know if it necessarily means you’re smart,” says Tom Szubka, CAPP, director of operations for Flowbird. “It says you have Read More »

  • Brown M&Ms, RFPs, and Rock ‘n Roll

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE We’ve all heard of the excesses, egos, and vanity celebrities and rock ‘n roll musicians display from time to time. One story has given a popular band a bad rap, but when you know the full story, it makes their lead vocalist comes across as a first-rate Read More »

  • Member News: Park Place Parking and ParkMobile Partner to Offer Smart Parking in Columbus

    Park Place Parking and ParkMobile Partner to Offer Smart Parking in Columbus ParkMobile is partnering with Park Place Parking to allow customers to use their mobile devices to pay for parking. The service is available across 2,000 spaces at 20 lots across Columbus. The ParkMobile app has replaced the previous mobile Read More »

  • Member News: ParkMobile to Offer Smart Parking in Caldwell, NJ

    ParkMobile to Offer Smart Parking in Caldwell, NJ ParkMobile recently announced a partnership with the Borough of Caldwell, NJ to enable people to pay for parking on their mobile device. The ParkMobile app is now available at approximately 200 single space on-street meters. New stickers and signage will provide information Read More »

  • IPI News: APDS Releases Version 1.0 of Global Parking Data Standard

      APDS Releases Version 1.0 of Global Parking Data Standard The British Parking Association (BPA) and the European Parking Association (EPA) have joined forces with the International Parking Institute (IPI) to form the Alliance for Parking Data Standards, (APDS) a new, not for profit organization focused on developing and managing an Read More »

  • Trends in Parking: Future Thinking

    By Richard W. Willson, PhD, AICP Parking will undoubtedly be different in the future. Everything is changing–factors that affect the amount of parking used, the way it is accessed, the design of parking facilities, and parking management tools such as dynamic pricing. This is a time of rapid disruption in Read More »

  • Wait, My Customers Said What?

    By Alex Smith, AAE Customers are the lifeblood of the parking industry, but how do you as an operator know they are satisfied, find value in your product, or have specific issues with your facility? Metrics are an integral part of a successful parking operation, but how your customers perceive Read More »

  • We Are Mobility

    By Todd Tucker, CAPP I’m going to write something radical: the parking industry doesn’t exist anymore. Yes, you read that right. But before you open your email to send me an angry note, consider this: How do you define the parking industry? We facilitate travel and transportation. We make people’s Read More »

  • NEPC 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    11:00 AM – Registration, Driving Range and Lunch 12:00 PM – Tournament Start Charity Tournament Dinner to follow play at the 19th Hole

  • Member News: PassportParking expands in Philadelphia region

            PassportParking® expands in Philadelphia region Mobile payment app launches in Borough of Morton Morton, Pa. (Aug. 8, 2018) — The Borough of Morton and Passport announce the launch of the PassportParking® mobile application in downtown Morton. The mobile application is powered by Passport, the global leader Read More »

  • Member News: Propark Welcomes Peter Kim to The Parking Dream Team

          Propark Welcomes Peter Kim to The Parking Dream Team (Hartford, CT) – Propark America announced today that Peter Kim has joined the company as the director of airport marketing and revenues. “We’re so happy to welcome Peter Kim to the Propark family,” said John Schmid, Propark’s Chief Read More »

  • High Schools Find Bright New Fundraisers in the Parking Lot

    High schools, which can find themselves tight on cash by the end of the academic year, have embraced a new fundraiser that’s proving popular with just about everyone. For a donation to the school, students can pick a specific parking spot and paint it any way they’d like. Every school Read More »

  • More Than Driving Lessons

    By Kim Fernandez I’m writing this in a Starbucks, not because it’s summertime and the living is easy, but because the parking lot is where my son and I rendezvoused with a very brave ex-police officer for the teenager’s second, two-hour driving lesson. My memory of the first time I Read More »

  • Dirty Hands, New Ideas

    By Victor A. Hill, CAPP, MPA Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. You’ll inevitably learn something about your operation or get a new idea to make something better. I have three full-time employees, not including me. If a parking lot sign needs to be fixed, I can submit a work Read More »

  • Member News: RVA’s Downtown to Receive Parking Upgrade with PassportParking® App

          RVA’s downtown to receive parking upgrade with PassportParking® app City adopts first mobile payment option Richmond, Va. (Aug. 8, 2018) — An estimated 7 million people visited the Richmond-area between fiscal 2015-2016, and according to the Richmond-Times Dispatch, they spent about $6 million a day. With signs Read More »

  • How to Use Social Media in Real Time

    By Josh Cantor Years ago, as social media started to explode, many had hesitation about using it for business and professional purposes. I remember attending several sessions even at the IPI Conference about the role of social media in a parking operation. It certainly takes a thick skin to be Read More »

  • Focus on Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

    By Isaiah Mouw, CAPP, LEED GA; and Brian Shaw, CAPP Technology has and will continue to change the travel options and services made available to the traveling public. It is hard to predict with certainty the long-term effects of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles, alternative transportation services such as Uber or Lyft, Read More »

  • At Home in a Garage? ArchDaily Says Yes

    The concept of adaptive reuse of parking garages is a not-uncommon conversation between parking and mobility professionals, but now the architecture world is taking notice. ArchDaily, a leading source of news in that industry, today features a piece on the potential of turning garages into homes should city needs change Read More »

  • Member News: City of Orillia Launches First Mobile Parking App with PassportParking®

    City of Orillia Launches First Mobile Parking App with PassportParking® Drivers can now pay and extend parking sessions remotely Orillia, Ontario (Aug. 1, 2018) — The City of Orillia and Passport announce the launch of the PassportParking® mobile application in downtown Orillia. The mobile application is powered by Passport, the Read More »

  • Parking Rehab

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, and First Time Flippers are just a few of the popular home renovation shows on the HGTV and DIY networks. Reality shows comprise a large piece of TV programming–and ratings.  The parking industry even had a reality show, called Parking Wars, Read More »

  • Parking Treasure Found

    Anyone who’s ever renovated an old house knows you might find just about anything behind cabinets, walls, and trim. But a renovator in Champaign, Ill., stumbled on a truly rare find—parking treasure. David Kristovich was tearing apart a closet in his 100+-year-old home to make it larger when a folded Read More »

  • Member News: City of Eureka Springs Partners with Passport to Launch First Parking App

    City of Eureka Springs partners with Passport to launch first parking app PassportParking® app allows drivers to pay for parking on the go Eureka Springs, Ark. (Aug. 1, 2018) — The City of Eureka Springs and Passport announce the launch of the PassportParking® mobile application in downtown Eureka Springs. The Read More »

  • Member News: ParkMobile Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

    ParkMobile Appoints New Chief Technology Officer  ParkMobile the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the US, recently announced the appointment of Matt Ball as its new Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Ball will be responsible for IT, as the company continues to scale and create the next generation Read More »

  • Member News: H2H2H Foundation Names Gary Neff to Board of Governors

    H2H2H Foundation Names Gary Neff to Board of Governors Panama City, Republic of Panama, 5 July 2018 – The H2H2H Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of parking industry veteran Gary Neff, CEO of New York City-based Park Assist, to its Board of Governors. The Governors guide the Foundation Read More »

  • MAPA 2018 Networking Lunch Cruise on the Potomac

    Join MAPA for a networking luncheon cruise Join MAPA and the Spirit of Washington on the Potomac River for our first ever Networking Luncheon Cruise in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss this scenic networking opportunity to connect with other parking industry professionals while soaking up some sun. A Networking professional will be Read More »

  • Thinking About the Curb

    By Brett Wood, CAPP, PE If you look around the parking industry today, it seems like everything is revolving around the evolution of the curb. Many presentations at this year’s IPI Conference focused on the competing interests around this space. Vendors and technology specialists are creating tools and software to Read More »

  • Keeping Eyes Forward

    By Jennifer I. Tougas, CAPP, PhD The other day, I spoke with an employee about training that is available to become certified in his line of work. This employee has many years of experience and his response was something to the effect of, “I’ve been doing this job for years. There’s nothing Read More »

  • New Data Research Aims to Help Truckers Park

    It’s a common challenge for long-range truckers: Where to park to get their required hours of rest. Truck-stop spaces can be few and far between, highway shoulders are dangerous and not always legal for overnight parking, and truckers say they end up spending some of their driving time just looking Read More »

  • Member News: Cleverciti Systems Appoints Steve Gorski as General Manager, Americas

    Cleverciti Systems Appoints Steve Gorski as General Manager, Americas Lake Forest, Ill. and Munich, Germany, July 25, 2018 — Cleverciti Systems Corp., a leader in comprehensive, high-tech solutions for outdoor and on-street parking detection, monitoring and guidance, announced that Steve Gorski has joined the company as General Manager of the Read More »

  • Battle Royale

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C Let’s take 100 transportation, mobility, and parking professionals and drop them into a last man- (and woman-) standing online adventure. Throw in a rainbow llama or two and a big old tornado-style storm. Better yet, let’s do it for free across all gaming Read More »

  • Global Catch-Up

    By David Hill, CAPP I encountered a pretty interesting factoid last month: Used car sales around the world are up! Our global auto industry is pretty good at counting its own output–numbers of cars sold in each region, by country, by manufacturer, by style, by option, and a dozen other Read More »

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    A Parking Pro on a Roll. Literally.

    Jaime Omps fell into parking after a move to Charlotte, NC, with her spouse earlier  this year. The events professional began working in events marketing for Passport and soon, like so many before her, discovered that the parking industry is fascinating, fast-paced, and full of supportive people. That last part Read More »

  • Feeling Innovative? Prove It

    You already know parking organizations are innovative—more innovative than ever. We think it’s time to tell the rest of the world. Luckily, Fast Company is ready to spread the word for the right company. The magazine and website is taking nominations for its 2019 Most Innovative Companies awards, which seem 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 »

  • Member News: Smarking Signs Enterprise-wide Agreement with One Parking

    Smarking Signs Enterprise-wide Agreement with One Parking Partnership Will Provide One Parking with Differentiated Customer Service and Operations SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 24, 2018) — Smarking, the parking industry’s leading provider of data analytics and yield management software, announced today an enterprise-wide partnership with One Parking, a national parking operations Read More »

  • Scooters Could Solve Downtown Parking Problems

    By David M. Feehan Jon Wertjes, Minneapolis director of traffic and parking, has encountered yet another form of transportation that could cause traffic and pedestrian problems–or help solve downtown parking problems. Electric scooters have recently appeared on Minneapolis streets. St. Paul has asked the company that provides the scooters to Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Expands Shareholder Base As It Bolsters Growth Plans

    ParkCloud Expands Shareholder Base As It Bolsters Growth Plans Following a successful decade in business, ParkCloud has solidified its position as a market leading parking reservation provider, with a significant announcement today regarding the company’s future growth plans. ParkCloud will be expanding its shareholder base with investment partner, Mercia Fund Read More »

  • Atlanta Columnist: To Fix Traffic, Fix the Parking

    Doug Turnbull knows a lot about traffic–he’s a media traffic anchor and The Gridlock Guy in Atlanta. So when he talks about fixing traffic jams, people listen. Last week, he wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal Constitution about just that. His best solution? Fix the parking. “Parking,” he wrote, Read More »

  • FPTA Active Shooter and Emergency Response Training

    FPTA 2018 Educational Seminar – Front-Line Development Training The FPTA Educational seminar is geared toward the front line employees and supervisors in preparation for future leadership and management opportunities. The 2018 seminar has been developed to prepare attendees for Emergency Situations. The instructors are the FIU University Police Department and Read More »

  • No Forgiveness When it Comes to Parking

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd My children attend a Catholic school attached to a church. The school and church share one small parking lot. Parking is at a premium  in the borough and I personally find a lot of convenience in having ties to the school and church when I need Read More »

  • A Gorgeous Beacon of … Meters?

    Those parking meters are gorgeous. It’s not a phrase one hears often, but it’s happening in Santa Rosa, Calif., where 80 old and discarded parking meters were used to create a giant sculpture that lights up at night in changing patterns. The sculpture was born out of a contest hosted Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Data Driven Success: Building a New Data Standard for Parking

    Live Online Webcast: FREE Overview: IPI will offer a free webinar July 18 at 2 pm Eastern on the development of international industry-wide data standards designed to streamline data transfer. Offering one CAPP point, this webinar will provide an overview of the IPI-DataEx Standard for parking as well as the international Read More »

  • Controlling the Curb

    Delivery trucks, bike-shares, ride-shares, buses, cabs, emergency vehicles, trash trucks, pedestrians, and oh yeah—single-occupancy vehicles. They all share what’s becoming a very crowded curb in cities around the world. Curbs don’t stretch, so what’s the best way to ensure everyone has use? In this month’s The Parking Professional, Ben Winoker, Read More »

  • Getting Noticed

    By Jason M. Jones At the end of the 2018 spring semester, the University at Albany Parking and Mass Transit Services was presented an Outstanding Service Award from the Disability Resource Center for their continued support of those in need on campus. It was such a great honor for our Read More »

  • Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) Roundtable – Fort Worth, TX

    JULY 2018 ROUNDTABLE – FORT WORTH  Free event for Parking & Transportation Professionals! WHO:      All parking & transportation professionals WHAT:    Join TPTA for a free networking mixer on July 17, 2018 at Houston Street Bar & Patio, 6 pm and then join us the following day for Read More »

  • Putting the Love Back in Parking Meters

    Few people love the sight of a parking meter, but that’s changed in Berkeley Springs, W.V., thanks to nothing more than a little paint and some community spirit. Thirteen meters are now painted with bright colors, designs, and pictures–one looks like a gumball machine–after a town contest encouraged residents to Read More »

  • Member News: Macon-Bibb County Launches New Parking Management System with Passport

            Macon-Bibb County Launches New Parking Management System with Passport Mobile parking, permits and citation management platform available in Macon-Bibb Macon-Bibb, Ga. (July 13, 2018) — Macon-Bibb County announces the launch of a new end-to-end parking solution that allows drivers to pay for their parking through their Read More »

  • Blocking Off the Lot

    By Kim Fernandez It sounded like a great idea at the outset: A small town near where we vacation recently secured a significant grant to close off a messy intersection and one of two entrances to its municipal parking lot and turn it all into a pedestrian plaza. Beautiful, greener, Read More »

  • An Autonomous Tomorrow

    By James C. Anderson I came across an article that sparked my interest entitled, “When will self-driving cars arrive in your state?” by Francis Navarro at komando.com. The article describes the advancing advent of autonomous vehicles and their implications to transportation safety, efficiency, as well as the economy. It is Read More »

  • Member News: ParkMobile CEO Jon Ziglar Named Entrepreneur of the Year® 2018 Award Winner in the Southeast by EY

    ParkMobile CEO Jon Ziglar named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award winner in the Southeast by EY Ziglar joins ranks of mold-breaking entrepreneurs Ernst & Young (EY) recently presented Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award for the Southeast region. The award recognizes Read More »

  • Member News: Parkcloud and Primera Air are in for the Long-Haul With New Deal

    PARKCLOUD  AND PRIMERA AIR ARE IN FOR THE LONG-HAUL WITH NEW DEAL European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has agreed on a new three-year deal with existing aviation brand partner, Primera Air, as the low-cost airline marks the recent launch of its landmark long-haul routes. Having enjoyed a successful five-year partnership, ParkCloud Read More »

  • Autonomous Ready? Chicago Is.

    Autonomous vehicles aren’t on the scene yet, but more than 500 parking facilities in Chicago are already ready–at least according to their owner. SpotHero announced this week that it’s installed the technology that will let driverless cars park themselves in half of its lots and garages in the city. The Read More »

  • Uber Teams With Lime to Rent Scooters

    The future of transportation just got a bit murkier: Uber is teaming up with Lime to rent scooters through its app as part of a $335 million financing deal. The scooters will sport Uber’s logo and be available for rental through the Uber app. Lime scooters are available in about Read More »

  • Teslas Can Now Park Themselves

    Remember that vision of cars that drive and then park themselves on command? They’re here. Tesla’s Model 3 can both park itself and open garage doors without a driver behind the wheel. The new feature is called Summon, and was added to the Model 3 after its launch; it was Read More »

  • Member News: Passio Technologies Unveils New Website

    Passio Technologies Unveils New Website  Passio Technologies recently unveiled its new and improved website – www.passiotech.com. Through this design overhaul, the firm has added many new features to better serve customers. The site enhances Passio’s ability to educate clients via a number of exclusive and informative features. The website’s new Solutions section highlights Read More »

  • Predicting the Future? Ask a Five-Year-Old

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM I was ahead of my time. Around first or second grade, I remember the initial assignment given to kick off the new school year was something along the lines of “visually depict how you think things will change or be different 20 years from now.” The Read More »

  • A Scofflaw Pays Up

    Someone named Dave got a parking ticket in 1974 and recently paid up–the original $2 fine plus $3 interest. Writing that he’d been carrying the ticket around all this time and felt guilty, Dave sent his money with the ticket to the police chief in Minersville, Pa., who said they Read More »

  • Thing One or Thing Two: How to Choose?

    By Casey Jones, CAPP We’re having an interesting discussion in our office about a relatively new, on-street meter technology that can automatically issue a parking citation (electronically) for exceeded time or failure to pay violations. The discussion transpired after a colleague shared a news story about a town that has Read More »

  • LeBron or Jordan

    By Matt Penney If you even remotely follow the NBA, you can’t avoid the conversation. LeBron James and Michael Jordan are two of the most prolific professional basketball players to ever play the game. Both hold statistics that are staggering and put them in a category above even an elite grouping of Read More »

  • Member News: Park TYB parking app launches

          Park TYB parking app launches New app, by Passport, launches in time for beach season. Tybee Island, Ga. (June 29, 2018) — Tybee Island, a city known for its beautiful sandy beaches and its friendly, laid-back residents will now be known for one more distinction: Park TYB. Read More »

  • Member News: Propark Partners With Uber at Red Beam Garage C

    Propark Partners With Uber at Red Beam Garage C   (Hartford, CT) – Propark America announced today that it has partnered with Uber to pick up T.F. Green Airport travelers at the Red Beam Garage C. “Propark is excited to partner with Uber on a program that brings back convenient and Read More »

  • New Spin on Checking References

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA One of the biggest and easily put into action takeaways for me from Christine Porath’s fabulous keynote address, “Mastering Civility” at the opening general session of the 2018 IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando has to do with checking references for new hires. Instead Read More »

  • Member News: ACE PARKING PARTNERS WITH MONARCH BEACH RESORT

    ACE PARKING PARTNERS WITH MONARCH BEACH RESORT San Diego, CA – Ace Parking, nationwide parking innovations and solutions provider, has partnered with Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. Monarch Beach Resort is a 400 room, AAA Five Diamond-rated luxury beach resort in Dana Point, California. The resort features private Read More »

  • Member News: PARKCLOUD DOES THE DOUBLE IN GREEK EXPANSION

    PARKCLOUD DOES THE DOUBLE IN GREEK EXPANSION European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has extended its presence across the Greek market by announcing the addition of Thessaloniki Airport and Kavala Airport to its extensive online network. Thanks to the recent collaboration, passengers flying from Greece’s third largest airport – Thessaloniki Read More »

  • Want Transit That Works? Build Affordable Housing Nearby

    What if developers built lots of housing near transit but nobody came to either? It’s playing out a bit in Denver, where an estimated 29 percent of new housing is within a half-mile of rail stations, but not many people are riding those rails regularly. The problem? It might just Read More »

  • Member News: Transportation Infrastructure Announcement by New London Parking Authority

    Transportation Advisory Council:  Transportation Infrastructure Announcement by New London Parking Authority RE: National Transportation & Infrastructure You may have heard about the big $1.3 trillion spending bill that Congress considered recently. The highlights transportation wins—particularly for rail and transit are as follows: The bill includes: $650 million for Amtrak’s Northeast Read More »

  • The Age of Autonomous Vehicles and Rideshare Companies

    By Maria Tamayo-Soto, MBA The transportation industry is changing and evolving with a plethora of new technology available. What does this technology mean? It means there will be more options for travel and transportation as smart cities evolve, parking options change, and the industry expands. One such technological breakthrough is Read More »

  • Mid-Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) Training

    Creating a Respectful Workplace: Harassment Prevention Training for Managers, Supervisors and Employees in Our Member Organizations Half Day: 8:30am – 12:00pm for Employees in Member Organizations – $75 Full Day: 8:30am – 3:00 pm for Supervisors and Managers (only) in Our Member Organizations – $100 Full Day Non-member: 8:30am – 3:00pm Read More »

  • Hiring the Right People

    By Jennifer I. Tougas, PhD, CAPP So much of our business depends on hiring the right person for the job. When evaluating applicants, we tend to focus on the skill set they will bring to the organization. Do they have the experience and skills to do the job we need them to Read More »

  • Member News: Mobile Parking App, ParkAlbany, Now Available Citywide

          Passport-powered app expands throughout Albany after successful pilot. Albany, N.Y. (June 25, 2018) — Passport announces the expansion of ParkAlbany, the parking application that allows parkers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking Read More »

  • Secret to Romance? Parking, of Course

    “She’s thinking, ‘If this guy can’t find a spot now, how will he provide for me if we take things further?’” So goes last week’s New York Times Modern Love podcast, read by George Alexander of Seinfeld fame, about a guy looking for parking in Chinatown, New York, on a Read More »

  • You Helped Shape IPI Orlando

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE “I was sad to see it end,” is what I said to a number of co-workers at the conclusion of the recently completed IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. While an event this size can test your endurance, I was reflecting on what I had Read More »

  • Member News: Passport launches Motu, a new parking app for Grand Rapids | App makes parking easier, more convenient

        Grand Rapids, Mich. (June 21, 2018) — Residents and visitors of Grand Rapids can take ahold of how they spend time around the city with a new on-street parking payment app, Motu. The app, developed by Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, provides Read More »

  • Noticing the Change

    By David Feehan I happened to read TimHaahs’ brochure,“The Debate is On: The Future of Parking” and another article on changes in parking, and they reminded me of an article I wrote in June 1993: “Privatization: Kalamazoo’s Autopark—Proof it Works!” Reading the first two and then reading my 1993 essay Read More »

  • IPI Announces Latest Parking Organizations to Earn Accreditation or Accreditation with Distinction

    The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) establishes national and international standards for professionalism, accountability, innovation, responsibility, and performance (Alexandria, Va.  – June 20, 2018) The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the names of eleven parking organizations that have become Accredited Parking Organizations (APO), earned APO with Distinction, or re-accredited their APO. Read More »

  • The Visitor Experience

    By Kim Fernandez Yesterday, I went with my mom to a doctor’s appointment. The doctor specializes in older patients, many of whom use wheelchairs or, like my mom, walkers to get around. He had an easy-to-find parking lot behind the building, which was great to see, but the entrance to Read More »

  • Mike Drow and Duke Hanson Receive IPI 2018 Chair Award

    (Alexandria, Va., June 21, 2018) –  Mike Drow, CAPP, senior vice president, corporate development, T2 Systems, and Daniel “Duke” Hanson, business development, PayLock, received the 2018 IPI Chair Award at the IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. this month. The Chair Award is bestowed by the current IPI Chair and Read More »

  • Member News: TIBA’s SPARK Cloud Solution Manages Mixed Use Parking Facilities in Kansas City KANSAS

          KANSAS CITY, MO (June 19, 2018) – Kansas City, Missouri selected TIBA Parking Systems’ cloud-based management and control platform, SPARK, to drive eight mixed-use facility garages. The facilities are installed in and around the KC Live and Convention Center districts and total 42 lanes. The city launched Read More »

  • IPS Garners IPI People’s Choice Award for Second Consecutive Year

    The 2018 IPI Conference & Expo, June 3-6, Orlando, Fla., is the world’s largest educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals.  Each year, attendees gather to learn about the latest innovations in parking and network with industry leaders from around the globe in an effort to advance and strengthen the Read More »

  • Solving New York’s Parking Challenges

    Seventy-eight percent of Manhattan households don’t own a car, but that doesn’t mean New York City is exempt from parking problems; in fact, a recent study found drivers in one area cruise about a third of a mile when looking for parking. The New York Times yesterday took on the Read More »

  • Member News: Propark America Begins Parking Operations at JAXPORT Cruise Terminal

    (Jacksonville, FL) – Propark America announced today that it has recently commenced management of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Cruise Terminal parking facility in Jacksonville, Florida. “As a leader in parking management services here in Jacksonville, we’re particularly excited about JAXPORT’s cruise ship parking operation,” said Propark’s Regional Vice President, Read More »

  • Member News: IPS Group Showcases Fully-Integrated Parking Management Suite at IPI Conference & Expo

    Next-generation system handles all functions of a Smart Parking program and is future-proofed and scalable to meet the needs of cities of any size SAN DIEGO, Calif. –  Smart Parking leader IPS Group is showcasing its new Fully-Integrated Parking Management Suite at the 2018 IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. Visitors to Read More »

  • Member News: University of Illinois Adds Mobile Parking App, Powered by Passport

        University adds “MobileMeter” mobile parking app for convenient payments. Champaign, IL (June 18, 2018) — The University of Illinois announces the launch of MobileMeter, a mobile pay parking application powered by Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit. The MobileMeter app has been greatly Read More »

  • Tyke Gets a Ticket, But It’s a Good Thing

    Officers in Covington, La., couldn’t help but have a little fun when they noticed a kid’s toy car parallel parked on the curb just like all the grown-up cars around it. Its junior owner returned to find a parking ticket—but not the kind you think. Officers left a “ticket” saying Read More »

  • Member News: Teal-Tate named Associate Director of Parking

    Tanara Teal-Tate Tanara Teal-Tate has accepted the position of Associate Director of Parking in FP&M Transportation Services. She will begin work on July 9, 2018. Tanara will bring more than 16 years of experience in parking operations to UW-Madison. She is currently the Director of the University of Tennessee Health Read More »

  • Member News: IPS Group Expands Parking Enforcement Management and Permit Management Solutions with Enhanced Modules

    Enhanced modules to the robust Enforcement Management and Permit Management Solutions provide additional capabilities to meet the evolving needs of Smart Cities SAN DIEGO, Calif. —Building on the success of its Enforcement Management Solution and Permit Management Solution, Smart Parking leader, IPS Group, Inc., has expanded its product offering to Read More »

  • Member News: IPS Group Offers a Glimpse into the Future of Smart Parking with Innovation Studio

    IPS Innovation Studio projects the future of Smart Cities through an IoT and Smart Parking experience featuring augmented reality and the IPS Fully-Integrated Parking Management Suite SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Representing the forefront of Smart City innovation, Smart Parking leader IPS Group, Inc. unveiled its Innovation Studio at the 2018 IPI Conference Read More »

  • Recharged and Ready for More

    By Cindy Campbell Inspired. It’s how I always feel after attending the annual IPI Conference & Expo. I return feeling enthusiastic and recharged. As a self-proclaimed parking geek, there’s always something magical about getting together with more than 3,000 of my closest friends. This year’s IPI Conference was a rewarding Read More »

  • Suicide in the News

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain. Suicide has been in the news a lot lately. Did you know it’s the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S.? Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, very little is being done about it, but it’s a subject Read More »

  • Member News: Allpro Parking Expanding Their Portfolio and Business Verticals

    Allpro Parking, LLC, to Assume the Operation of the Ellicott Airport Parking Facility Buffalo, NY – Allpro Parking is pleased to announce that effective June 1, 2018 it will be assuming the operation of the Ellicott Airport Parking facility located at 4301 Genesee Street across from the Buffalo Niagara International Read More »

  • Member News: ParkMobile, LLC announces appointment of new executives to leadership team.

    ParkMobile, LLC, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the US, announced today the appointment of new executive to its leadership team. James Bain joins the company as Senior Vice President of Strategic and Corporate Development. In this role, Bain will focus on building and expanding partnership across Read More »

  • Member News: Red Beam Garage C Has 16 New Free Easy EV Charging Stations At T.F. Green Airport

    (Hartford, CT) – Propark America announced today that it has completed the installation of sixteen electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Red Beam Garage C location, servicing T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Propark is thrilled to provide T.F. Green Airport travelers with additional convenient EV charging capabilities, Read More »

  • Uber: Not So Disruptive?

    Uber, one of the reigning kings of transportation network companies (TNCs), was supposed to disrupt a lot of things, from the way we get to and fro to the way many of us work. But a new report says that second part simply isn’t happening. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Read More »

  • BPA’s Parkex 2018

    Parking is constantly changing, and so is Parkex. The next Parkex will take place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry  from June 13-14, 2018. BPA’s Parkex is Europe’s largest dedicated parking event, providing a platform for leading industry suppliers and parking brands to launch and exhibit the latest cutting edge products, technologies, and Read More »

  • Recharging the Parking Professional

    By Vanessa R. Cummings Parking professionals know that parking is a 24/7 job. There are people parking all the time and we never know when we will get an after-hours call to handle a situation. When do we take time to plug in our rechargeable batteries and refuel our tanks? Read More »

  • MSY RFP

    Parking Facilities Corporation (“PFC”) has issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to identify and select a qualified parking and transportation management company to oversee the certain new and existing operations at Louis Armstrong International Airport (“MSY”). A new passenger terminal is currently under construction at MSY. New parking facilities are Read More »

  • Las Vegas Resort Ending Paid Parking

    Howls of protests rose above Las Vegas when casinos and resorts started charging for parking in late 2016. Now, one property has reversed that course. Wynn Resorts announced last week it will stop charging overnight guests for parking, folding parking into its $39 resort fee (which isn’t changing). Daily visitors Read More »

  • IPI Announces Results of 2018 Board of Directors Election

    Two new members join IPI Board (Alexandria, Va., June 6, 2018) – The International Parking Institute announced the results of its 2018 Board of Directors Election this week. Two newly elected IPI Board members are Larry Cohen, CAPP, executive director, Lancaster Parking Authority, Lancaster, Pa. and Jennifer Tougas, Ph.D., CAPP, Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes 12 Industry Programs for Marketing and Communications Excellence

    2018 Parking Matters® Marketing & Communications Awards Highlight Best Practices and Innovative Strategies (Orlando, Fla. – June 6) The International Parking Institute (IPI) is recognizing twelve outstanding marketing and communications programs in the parking and transportation sector during the 2018 IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. this week. The Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes 21 New CAPPs in Orlando Graduation Ceremony

    (Orlando, Fla. — June 5, 2018) The International Parking Institute (IPI) celebrated the achievements of 21 new CAPP graduates at the IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando during a special ceremony June 5. This year’s new CAPPs come from private and public parking organizations that include universities, cities, corporations, commercial Read More »

  • 2018 Winners of IPI Awards of Excellence Competition Announced

    A parking structure that incorporates a playing field, a city garage that celebrates a Spanish explorer, and a campus structure that models sustainability are among honorees Orlando, Fla.  – June 5, 2018 – The nine winners of the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) 2018 Awards of Excellence prove that when ever-expanding Read More »

  • IPI Honors Leonard T. Bier, CAPP, JD, and Mary Smith, PE, for Lifetime Achievement in the Parking Industry

    IPI’s 2018 award shared by longtime leader in parking association management and world-renowned expert in parking planning (Orlando, Fla. — June 4, 2018) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced two recipients of its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Leonard T. Bier, CAPP, JD, principal of Bier Associates, and Mary Smith, 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 »

  • Duke University Parking and Transportation Services and MAWAQiF, Parking Division, Integrated Transport Centre in Abu Dhabi, are IPI’s 2018 Parking Organizations of the Year

    Parking operations in a North Carolina university and bustling UAE city share a commitment to sustainability, customer service, innovation, and leadership (Orlando, Fla. —  June 1, 2018) The International Parking Institute (IPI) recognized two parking operations with its 2018 Parking Organization of the Year Award: Duke University Parking and Transportation Read More »

  • IPI Names DFW International Airport’s Armin José Cruz its Parking Professional of the Year

    Vice President of the Parking Business Unit at DFW International Airport is named the James M. Hunnicutt Parking Professional of the Year (Orlando, Fla.) – June 1, 2018 — The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that Armin José Cruz, vice president of the Parking Business Unit at DFW International Airport Read More »

  • City of Greenville, S.C. Parking Professional Brittany Moore Named 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year by International Parking Institute

    Innovation, leadership, and initiative distinguish Moore’s role in parking services for city (Orlando, Fla.) – June 1, 2018 — The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that Brittany Moore, CAPP, assistant general manager, parking services for the City of Greenville, S.C., has been named its 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year. Read More »

  • Christopher Bush of Duke University’s Parking and Transportation Services is Named IPI’s 2018 Staff Member of the Year

    His attention to detail, time-management, and work ethic help ensure the success of campus events (Orlando, Fla.) – June 1, 2018 — The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that Christopher Bush of Duke University’s Parking and Transportation Services is its 2018 Staff Member of the Year. The award, part of Read More »

  • Travis Hargitt, Eugene Ore. Operations Director, is 2018 Parking Supervisor of the Year

    Eugene, Ore. operations director is a parking industry ambassador, employee advocate, and city asset (Orlando, Fla. – June 1, 2018) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that Travis Hargitt, director of operations for the City of Eugene, Ore., has been named its 2018 Parking Supervisor of the Year. The Read More »

  • On to Orlando!

    Time to pack your bags! With just a few days until the 2018 IPI Conference & Expo, staff is enroute and we can’t wait to see all of you! The Parking Matters Blog will be on hiatus until we return from Florida next Friday. We hope you’ll download and get Read More »

  • The Demise of Teen Car Culture

    Better transit, on-demand and online services, and a video-game culture have all been blamed for the decline in teenage drivers; many teens wait until their 18th birthdays or longer to get their licenses. The Atlantic recently took on the phenomenon and came up with some different reasons teenagers aren’t as Read More »

  • Parking Craves Inspiring Leaders

    By Ana Hengist Looking back at everything I’ve learned so far in parking, I think about people who taught, inspired, and engaged me. Some of them were parking owners and directors, with great knowledge and power. Others were not necessarily decision-makers. Yet, they had an incredible ability to influence and Read More »

  • Mobility as a Symphony

    We’ve heard mobility-as-a-service referred to as lots of things—from part of the on-demand economy to the pinnacle of sustainable transportation—but a symphony? That’s exactly how Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds envisions it working in her city, and she and her staff are working to rehearse for Read More »

  • 2018 Emerging Trends in Parking Survey Report

    The 2018 Emerging Trends in Survey reveals that more than 60 percent of parking professionals surveyed now identify as “parking, transportation, and mobility professionals,” their jobs increasingly integral to design, management, and operations of parking that are part of the broader movement to ease traffic congestion and create more livable, Read More »

  • 2018 Emerging Trends in Parking Survey Report Now Available Online

    Survey findings reveal effect of Uber and Lyft, as well as predictions about autonomous vehicles, the future of the profession, and more (Alexandria, Va. — June 1, 2018) According to the results of a new survey by the International Parking Institute (IPI), technology continues to have a tremendous effect on Read More »

  • Member News: Passio Recognized as Top Innovative Company in Georgia

    Passio Technologies was recently recognized by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as one of the Top 40 Innovative Companies in Georgia. TAG award recipients are recognized for a wide range of qualities including degree of innovation, scope and financial impact of innovation, likelihood of success, and promotion of Georgia’s Read More »

  • Member News: E-Z Parking & Valet launches PassportParkingⓇ app in Greenville

    Application makes paying for parking easier Greenville, N.C. (May 22, 2018) — E-Z Parking & Valet, in collaboration with Taft Family Ventures, announce the launch of the PassportParkingⓇ mobile application in its Greenville, N.C., parking lots, to make paying for parking more convenient. The app is powered by the global Read More »

  • What Facebook’s Valets Know

    Many parking professionals get a great glimpse into the otherwise-hidden lives of their community members, just because of what happens in the lot or garage. Business Insider last week asked Facebook’s valets (valet parking is a free employee perk) what they knew about the company and its employees based on Read More »

  • I Get a Parking Spot for That

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd Spring in my area of the U.S. has been quite elusive this year. We are still awaiting its arrival! However, despite spring being in hiding, I persisted with my spring cleaning rituals. Having a non-magical house that doesn’t grow in size to accommodate the stuff in Read More »

  • Encouraging Civility

    By James C. Anderson These are interesting times. I am reading “Destiny and Power, The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” by Jon Meacham. The author describes Bush’s presidential election loss to Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas. While devastated by the loss, President Bush shouldered forward with the Read More »

  • Making Parking Easy

    By Matt Davis If you’ve ever spent time in San Francisco, you’re probably all-too familiar with the frustration that comes with finding a place to park. And as is the case in many urban cities, even if you find that coveted spot, the experience may not be a positive one. Read More »

  • Free Public Transit, 24/7

    The next chapter appears to be written in the effort to get people out of single-occupancy vehicles and onto transit: Estonia is about to make most of its transit free to anyone who wants to use it. Buses and rail going from the capital outward will be available free of 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 »

  • Member News: Conduent Named to Fortune 500 List of Largest U.S. Companies

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 21, 2018 – Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT) announced today that after its first year of operating as a stand-alone enterprise, the digital interactions company has been recognized as a member of the Fortune 500, Fortune Magazine’s ranking of America’s largest companies. Companies on the list are ranked based on total revenue Read More »

  • Member News: Impark Adopts new accessibility symbol

    Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark Canada) is pleased to announce the first implementation of the Dynamic Symbol of Access (DSA) at an Impark-managed parking facility. An invitation-only painting event took place in Toronto on May 1 to commemorate the initiative’s successful launch.   A Symbolic Change As reported on February Read More »

  • Member News: Paris airport (ADP group) chooses Kowee solutions for the development of its new car park pricing strategies

    The revenue management of the 28,000 parking spaces of Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and that of the 10,000 parking spaces of Paris Orly airport will be powered by the cutting-edge Yield Management solution of Kowee, the leading provider of Dynamic Pricing solutions for the parking industry. The objective Read More »

  • The End of the Lot as We Know It

    Transportation network companies (TNCs) are already changing the way lots of us park (as in, we don’t all the time), but what will a future filled with on-demand and sometimes autonomous vehicles look like? Forbes took at look at the parking of the future, including some facilities being built differently Read More »

  • Uber, Congestion, Taxis, and More

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C The reality is that the convenience of Uber has massive, city-altering effects. Cities like New York, London, and Paris are challenged like never before. It’s not just demand at the curb, either. This New York Times opinion piece takes a deeper dive: “Ride-hailing Read More »

  • Member News: Darin Witt Joins Nortech Parking Systems

    Darin Witt Joins Nortech Parking Systems Nortech Parking Systems welcomes Darin Witt as the Director of Sales to focus on the growth opportunities across Western Canada. Darin Witt joins the Nortech team with over 10 years of diverse experience in the parking industry including sales and operations. He most recently Read More »

  • Member News: Premium Parking Announces Addition of New VP Business Development Charley Debow

        Premium Continues to Grow Leadership Team to Include ‘Pay by Plate’ Technology Innovator  New Orleans, LA – May 16, 2018 – Premium Parking today announced the addition of Charley DeBow to its executive leadership team as VP Business Development. Charley will work with Premium’s operational team to provide Read More »

  • The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles

    Autonomous cars can be trained to stay in lanes, obey traffic signals, watch speed limits, and react to the vehicles around them, but can they be taught to make decisions based on ethics? It’s a huge question as driverless approaches reality, and one college student made it a bit of Read More »

  • Member News: Passport zooms ahead to hiring vision with VP of product and VP of engineering

    Cage, Mapes will help drive innovation, product initiatives Charlotte, N.C. (May 15, 2018) — Passport announces the hiring of Meredith Cage and Duncan Mapes, the newest staff leaders for the world’s leader in mobile payments in the transportation industry. Cage is the company’s vice president of product and Mapes is Read More »

  • Making the Switch

    By Jacquelyn Contreras As we continue our journey through the 21st century, technology continues to advance in many ways. With the introduction of LED technology, lighting options for our parking garages have almost become endless. In comparison to traditional HID lamps that use an average of 70 to 400 watts, Read More »

  • Tour Apple Park’s Parking

    Apple Park, the tech company’s new headquarters, got a lot of attention when it opened for its streamlined, beautiful design. Now, even its underground parking is making headlines for being innovative. Business Insider features a video tour of the parking facility on its website. We spotted a lot of familiar Read More »

  • Loving the Bus Again

    Much has been written about a recent decline in transit ridership and cities are—understandably—worried. Some municipalities are trying different tactics to get people back on buses and trains instead of in their own cars, luring them with pricing deals, creature-comforts, and education campaigns. CityLab has some different ideas and last Read More »

  • A Little Can Go a Long Way

    By Maggie Vercoe We’ve all heard the saying, “a little can go a long way” when it comes to environmental sustainability. Install LED lightbulbs (better yet, hit the switch when you leave the room). Use a reusable water bottle. Bring your own bag to the grocery. But what about the Read More »

  • Member News: Premium Parking Announces Addition of New VP Business Development Nathan Donnell

        Premium Expands Leadership Team to Accelerate Industry Growth of Its “GLIDEPARCS” Gateless Parking Revenue Control Platform and Operations New Orleans, LA – May 10, 2018 – Premium Parking today announced the addition of Nathan Donnell to its executive leadership team as VP Business Development. Nathan will oversee the Read More »

  • Member News: NCPA names Passport as a preferred ‘parking enforcement partner’ 

      NCPA names Passport as a preferred  ‘parking enforcement partner’  Faster terms, better rates amongst benefits for cities Charlotte, NC (May 9, 2018) — Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for parking, transit and tolling, announces its award by the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) as a preferred parking Read More »

  • Leveraging Big Data

    Ever hear the expression, “work smarter, not harder”? It’s possible in the parking industry thanks to big data—but you have to know what data to collect and how to use it. Smart technology offers up smart data, which is a big game-changer for parking operators and managers, helping them optimize Read More »

  • Member News: Propark America Welcomes Honor Miele As New Regional Manager in Los Angeles

    Propark America announced today that Honor Miele has joined the company as the new regional manager in Los Angeles, California. “I am thrilled to have Honor Miele as part of our Parking Dream Team, especially during this exciting period of growth for Propark,” said Senior Vice President, Peter Thorson. “Honor Read More »

  • Member News: Propark America Adds Latest Retail Parking Account to New York Management Portfolio

    Propark America announced today that the company has assumed management responsibility for the parking operations at Rego Center Mall in Queens, New York. “We’re honored to provide management services to Rego Center Mall,” said Kristen Sokich, Propark’s senior vice president. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our Read More »

  • Tablets are on Life Support. Now What?

    By Mike Weller Take a peek at recent sales statistics of tablets and you will find a negative trend. Global tablet sales in Q4 of 2017 amounted to 49.6 million units, down 7.9 percent from the previous year. This may not seem like a big deal, but considering how powerful Read More »

  • A New Era of Parking Data Collection

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I looked at some pictures recently that left me with two thoughts. The first was simple amazement at the rate of technological progress that has been made. The second was, “Wow, you must really be getting old!” The first photo was of a Kimley-Horn employee Read More »

  • San Francisco Regulates Dockless Scooters

    Much is being said about shared, dockless, electric scooters —mainly, how cities will deal with them as their popularity grows. One city is taking a crack at it. San Francisco last week passed regulations that will govern the vehicles, with specific limits on who can establish fleets, how many scooters Read More »

  • Words that Change Us

    By Kim Fernandez The Next Big Idea Club  is a curated subscription service for books: subscribers receive three books every two months, picked by a great-minds dream team that includes writer and speaker Malcolm Gladwell and introvert-writer Susan Cain, among others. It’s not cheap, but promises to “hand-pick the ideas Read More »

  • Marketing the Brand: Treating Parking Like Retail

    By Nigel Bullers Parking is no longer an afterthought when deciding to head out for the day. Customers are Googling their route, mapping where they’ll park, and weighing cost against convenience. This is retail at its finest! Parking has made it to the red carpet. So what happens when we Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Old World, Old-Fashioned Airport Parking? — May 2, 2018

    Live Online Webcast: $35.00 for IPI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members Description: Big data tools, dynamic pricing and yield management are innovative commercial concepts whose applicability is lively discussed within the parking industry worldwide.  While some European airports are highly interested in the commercial uplift potential of new big data tools Read More »

  • When Knowing Your Onions is Not Enough

    By Tope Longe Our diverse universe, though diverse, is indeed a dot. We are far, yet very near, thanks to the internet and the communication it enables. Though we are neatly connected, working times, working days, time zones, organizational culture and practices, etc., may differ. As a global industry, recognition 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

  • Member News: Kimley-Horn names new President and Chairman

    Kimley-Horn Names New President and Chairman Continuing a 50-year tradition of orderly internal leadership transitions, Kimley-Horn named a new president during its annual owner’s meeting on April 29, 2018. Steven E. Lefton, PLA, a 21-year veteran of the firm, was named president; CEO John C. Atz, P.E., formerly president, moved Read More »

  • publications

    Caffeine, Attitude, and Dressing for the Job You Want

    Caffeine, Attitude, and Dressing for the Job You Want By Cindy Campbell I’M NOT MUCH OF A MORNING PERSON. If you know me, you can appreciate what an understatement this is. On a recent business trip, my schedule required me to rise and shine several hours earlier than normal. It was Read More »

  • Member News: Babylon Village introduces new parking app, PassportParking®, for ease, convenience

    Mobile parking app provides a simpler way to pay Babylon, NY (May 1, 2018) — The Village of Babylon announces the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows parkers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments Read More »

  • An Unforgettable, Sad Moment

    By Michael Cramer There are few things as surreal as a life-and-death moment. Many years ago, I was working on a suburban campus. There were a couple million square feet of office and two large garages with capacity for 4,000 vehicles. It was a beautiful setting and a peaceful place.  Not Read More »

  • Global Alliance Formed to Standardize Parking Data

    Three major parking associations join forces to develop an international parking data standard (Alexandria, Va.  – April 30, 2018) The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS), recently formed by the International Parking Institute (IPI), the British Parking Association (BPA), and the European Parking Association (EPA), is a not-for-profit organization with Read More »

  • Member News: New Electric Charging Stations Now Open in Lancaster Parking Authority Garages

    LANCASTER, PA. (April 20, 2018) – New electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now available for patrons parking in Lancaster Parking Authority garages. Today’s opening of the EV charging stations kicks off Earth Day weekend and reaffirms the city’s commitment to a clean environment. “The EV charging stations, the first Read More »

  • More Access to Cars: Now What?

    A new analysis by Governing magazine says more poor Americans have access to cars than they did a decade ago and that overall vehicle-miles traveled is up for the first time since 2007. Which seems like good news on the surface, but what does it mean for transit? Experts say Read More »

  • Member News: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport chooses AeroParker as its ecommerce platform for its parking operation

    AeroParker is extremely proud to announce winning a 10 year contract with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to supply a robust e-commerce platform for its parking operation. The AeroParker system will allow airport customers to reserve and purchase parking and ancillary services in advance of their travel. Sea-Tac Airport is currently Read More »

  • City Disruptor: Park My Scooter, Please

    By Helen Sullivan Interconnected, motorized scooters are cities’ new challenge, according to an article recently featured in the business section of the Washington Post. The writer says scooterists, often unhelmeted, whizzing by pedestrians, blocking sidewalks, are leaving these tyke-like, 15 mile per hour transportation wonders wherever they choose—on the street, Read More »

  • Is the Technology Worth It?

    By Christopher Perry Technology is advancing rapidly within the parking industry. Mobile applications, wayfinding tools, and occupancy monitoring are just a few of the latest advancements. All of these create benefits for both the operator and consumer. The puzzle is how to quantify these benefits. The analysis of such technological upgrades has gone Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Where the Sun Don’t Shine

    By Juan Ramos, LEED AP BD+C I recently had the good fortune to go on a work trip to The Turks and Caicos Islands (humble brag). It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, though you can’t shake the nagging thought of the effect that just a small 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 »

  • TNCs and Airports

    By Matt Sherwood, CM The rise of transportation network companies (TNCs) has resulted in tremendous shifts in the way people move around their communities, whether for commuting, entertainment, or for incidental travel. While that shift hasn’t been quantified statistically by the primary TNC providers, the effects have been felt by Read More »

  • Member News: Wi-Fi, Wine & While Away the Hours at Charleroi Airport with ParkCloud

    European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has agreed to a deal with Belgium’s second largest airport – Brussels Charleroi Airport, BSCA – to provide customers with the option of lounge pass bookings, alongside existing fast track security and pre-booked parking options. As Charleroi Airport prepares to launch its first long-haul route Read More »

  • Member News: ‘Go 502’ app launches ahead of Thunder Over Louisville

    New Passport-powered app makes parking around the city and at events a breeze Louisville, KY (April 21, 2018) — The City of Louisville announces the launch of the mobile parking app, Go 502, ahead of its annual Thunder Over Louisville event this weekend. Passport, the global parking technology leader that Read More »

  • Citizen Patrols to Tackle Disabled Parking Abuse

    With limited resources and growing complaints, enforcing lawful use of parking spaces for the disabled can be a challenge. One New Jersey town is about to enlist citizen patrols to help. Clifton, N.J., plans to enlist volunteers to file complaints against those who unlawfully use parking spaces reserved for the Read More »

  • Choosing Matters

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C Where you shop matters. As a wannabe foodie, I like farm-to-table, local, organic, and small businesses and co-ops. Where you choose to spend your hard-earned cash matters. We make buying decisions based on our values (and the brands we prefer) all the time. Read More »

  • IPI Represents Parking & Mobility at ULI Real Estate Summit

    The International Parking Institute joined real estate professionals at the Urban Land Institute Washington Real Estate Conference to address parking, mobility, and the future of transportation earlier this week. Moderated by IPI Chair Roamy Valera, CAPP, panelists included Jeff Farner, Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Alexandria; Omar Abdul-Baki, Galena Read More »

  • Shoup’s Parking and the City highlights parking reform

    Donald Shoup has released a follow-up to his groundbreaking 2005 publication, “The High Cost of Free Parking.” ‘Parking and the City’ highlights progress in parking reform research and action, as former doctoral students form a new generation of planning scholars making important contribution. Read the article here.   

  • Member News: TIBA Opens Direct Office in California to be Led by Malloy Pohrer

    LOS ANGELES, CA (April 17, 2018) – TIBA Parking Systems is launching a local office in California to serve Los Angeles and San Francisco.   This TIBA initiative will be spearheaded by Malloy Pohrer as the General Manager of TIBA in California. Pohrer joins TIBA with 25 years of executive Read More »

  • Going Green? Swap the Lights

    By Josh Naramore At the City of Grand Rapids, Mich., we are committed to meeting lofty environmental sustainability goals. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and becoming 100 percent renewable-energy dependent are two of the city’s highest-priority goals. Recently, we focused on improving energy efficiency in our parking facilities by replacing old, 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 »

  • Time to Upcycle

    By Rita Azrelyant Upcycling is the cool new way to recycle but it is not our parents’ version of recycling—it’s more sustainable. Yes, more sustainable than recycling! At an early age, we are taught to recycle in school, at home, and at work, but recycling requires a lot of time, Read More »

  • Voting Closes for IPI Board of Directors and CAPP Certification Board Elections

    Voting closes today for the 2018 IPI Board of Directors election. There are nine candidates running for five available positions for a two-year term beginning June 2018. Members in good standing are eligible to vote for the IPI Board of Directors; your organization’s primary member will cast the vote for Read More »

  • More than Once a Year?

    By Brian Shaw, CAPP With the better weather that comes along with spring, so does the opportunity to host outdoor sustainability themed events. May will see the annual bike-to-work day in the Bay Area of California. Having been involved in motivating, managing, and monitoring commuting travel behavior for more than 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 »

  • Sustainable Progress

    By Paul Wessel Leading up to the fourth Earth Day (April 22) since the launch of Parksmart, some reflections: We’ve inspired never-before-held conversations between architects, engineers, sustainability experts, building managers, and parking operators early in the new garage design process. The managers and operators’ wisdom and vision is increasingly incorporated into Read More »

  • A Guide to Parking

    IPI’s mission to advance the parking profession manifests in a number of ways – through top-notch education, certification and accreditation, and connecting our community through the conference and expo and now online through Forum.    Publications are another hallmark program of our organization; take a look through this magazine and the Read More »

  • Microlearning

    In today’s world, communication is often shortened to emojis and cell phone texts with words misspelled (or made up) for brevity. If we need to find something, we can get that piece of information the moment we need it as long as we have Wi-Fi.  If an email goes more Read More »

  • Yogi Berra Lives On

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE Baseball great Yogi Berra was known for his clutch hitting on the ball field and for his “Yogi-isms” when talking to reporters after the game. One of my favorite Yogi-isms was, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Yogi and this saying came to mind recently when Read More »

  • Regional Associations and Parking Newbies

    By Britney Cooper In 2015, I took a leap of faith and changed professions, moving from an education background to the world of parking. As a still-relative newbie to parking, I had the pleasure of attending my second Texas Parking and Transportation Association Conference this past March in Houston. I 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 »

  • Member News: Casey Jones Joins TimHaahs

    Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc. (TimHaahs) is pleased to announce the addition of Casey Jones to our team. Casey will serve as Vice President, leading the firm’s efforts in the areas of parking planning, access, and mobility. Casey is a premier parking industry expert, with over 23 years of experience Read More »

  • April Fools? Not for This Parking Organization

    When is an April 1 news story not a prank? Apparently when it’s about a donations for parking citations program. University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs announced a donations for citations program on April 1, and many students and faculty thought it was a prank. But yesterday, he announced Read More »

  • Goal-line Strategy

    By Will Thompson In 2000, I became the head coach of my three sons’ youth tackle-football teams. Since I played through college, I felt coaching boys would be fairly easy. The first year was tough, but we managed to finish the season at 5 and 5 with a first round Read More »

  • New York State Parking Association (NYSPA) Lunch & Learn

    Join the New York State Parking Association (NYSPA) for its second annual Lunch and Learn event, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 547 W. 27th Street, New York, N.Y., 10001. Parking and transportation experts will present new parking concepts with real-world applications. Only $30 registration fee—lunch included. Last year’s Lunch and Learn 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 »

  • Getting People to Speak Up

    One of the first tenets of management is to encourage and actively listen to employee feedback. But what happens when employees are reluctant to participate in the conversation? Inc. took on the question and offered 10 ways to encourage employee participation. Some are obvious—find out why some team members don’t Read More »

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    Congratulations to a True Parking Professional

    Congratulations to a True Parking Professional IPI offers its heartiest congratulations to Eula Sanders, who retired from her Lanier parking attendant booth last week at the age of 81. She didn’t go quietly into the next chapter, however. Beloved by her 400 monthly parkers (she knew every last one by Read More »

  • You Talkin’ to Me?

    By Cindy Campbell Here’s an interesting statistic regarding the primary cause of conflict: 10 percent of conflicts are due to differences of opinion. 90 percent are due to using the wrong tone of voice. Now, I can’t verify this statistic but I can tell you that it feels true. Like Read More »

  • Forum, IPI’s New Online Community, Facilitates Member Connections

    IPI launches a 24/7 members-only network that helps parking and transportation professionals find answers, access industry information, join discussions, and forge valuable relationships (Alexandria, Va. – April 5, 2018) The International Parking Institute (IPI) today announced the debut of Forum, an online community that gives members a powerful new way Read More »

  • Forum, IPI’s New Online Community

    Forum is an online community that gives members a powerful new way to access and share parking, transportation, and mobility-industry information and on-the-job experiences. IPI members can log in and join vibrant discussions, gain others’ perspectives on questions and challenges, access a robust, online library of member knowledge and resources, Read More »

  • Community Participation is Key

    By Eric Haggett As the heads of most municipal parking operations (and the consultants who work with them) know, implementing even the slightest change to a municipal parking program can be difficult, to say the least. From a lack of political will to a lack of available funding, municipal parking Read More »

  • Member News: SKIDATA appoints a new Leader for North America

    SKIDATA, Inc., a global leader in access control and revenue solutions appoints Stefan Schaffner as CEO & Senior Vice President North America. SKIDATA has experienced tremendous growth in the US market – more than doubling their revenue, office locations and employees since 2014. This hyper growth has made SKIDATA the Read More »

  • The Sharing Economy and Mobility on Demand

    By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP I recently rediscovered a 2016 document published by the Federal Highway Administration: Shared Mobility – Current Practices and Guiding Principles. In the past few years, the sharing economy has emerged as a developing phenomenon that is reshaping many economic sectors including financial, goods, food, services, Read More »

  • The Hot, New Shared Transportation Method? E-scooters.

    Just when you thought you had bike-sharing down, there’s a new trend in town and some say it might make the bike-share market seem tiny in comparison. It’s electric scooter-sharing, and spurred on partially by nostalgia, partially by practicality, and partially because it’s just fun, it’s predicted to be the Read More »

  • Member News: Metra commuters and Chicagoans have used PassportParking® and ParkChicago apps over 40 million times

     Apps make getting around Chicagoland easier, more convenient and faster Chicago, Ill. (April 3, 2018) — If the 20th century is considered the century of the automobile, then the 21st century will evolve with citizens at the helm of how they commute through a variety of innovations in transportation. Today, Read More »

  • Member News: PassportParking® lands in Plymouth

    Town adds the mobile parking app for convenience Plymouth, Mass. (April 2, 2018) — Park Plymouth announces the launch of the PassportParking® mobile application that allows motorists to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Read More »

  • Increasing Transit Ridership: Cities that Get it Right

    A study earlier this year found that transit ridership is decreasing in most cities. But some stand out as having transit use rates that buck the trend and are rising. So what’s going on there? Streetsblog took a look at several cities where people are using transit more than they Read More »

  • Put Some Mystery Back Into Your Life

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP I remember being a teenage girl, wondering what the evening would bring as I embarked on a first date. Excitement, nervousness, the thrill of the unknown—it kept me guessing. It was mysterious. With the demands of daily adulting—work, kids, chores, commitments—it can be easy to Read More »

  • Food Truck Parking Prohibitions Repealed

    Louisville, Ky., made headlines seven years ago when it passed legislation designed to keep food trucks from parking near competitive brick-and-mortar restaurants. Last week, the city reversed that rule. Litigation in cities with similar regulations has resulted in wins for the food truck owners, who say prohibiting them from parking Read More »

  • Member News: WGI Hires Three Managers for its Parking Solutions Division

    (WEST PALM BEACH, FL – March 16, 2018) WGI is pleased to announce that three managers in two states recently joined the firm’s Parking Solutions Division: Alex Pappas joined WGI’s Chicago office as a senior business development manager. He has over 25 years of experience in architecture, engineering, construction, and Read More »

  • Member News: Tracey Bruch, CAPP joins WGI in Tampa Office

    (TAMPA, FLORIDA – March 22, 2018) WGI is pleased to announce that Tracey Bruch, CAPP joined the firm’s Parking Solutions Division as a project manager in its Tampa office. Tracey comes to WGI with over 32 years of experience, with specific expertise in parking management and operations in both the Read More »

  • Parking: As Easy as a TV Show

    By Matt Penney A few years ago, influenced by far too many home renovation TV programs, my wife and I purchased a house that just needed a few “little” updates. It couldn’t be that hard. We watched almost miraculous transformations unfold before our eyes in regular 30-minute time blocks. I had a hammer, Read More »

  • Morale Starts With You

    By Julyanne Long Morale is an important part of every business. A pat on the back or uplifting words can go a long way. As leaders, it is our responsibility to keep morale high to keep productivity up and reduce turnover. It’s not always easy, but it is always necessary. Read More »

  • Member News: Parking Management Company, ABM, and Passport Lead the Charge on Denver’s Mobility Initiatives

    Mayor’s Mobility Action Plan inspires change Denver (March 26, 2018) — Denverites spoke loud and clear during the November 2017 election, they want a bond to assist with upgrades to their city. Out of 69 bond projects, 25 of the projects were transportation-related. The City of Denver made its priorities Read More »

  • Are You a Strategic Thinker?

    By Rita Pagan Strategic thinking is not only reserved for executives. It can, and should, happen at every level of an organization. Are you currently thinking strategically as you manage your projects? I once had a director tell me in a review that I was one of a few people 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 »

  • Don’t Just Go with the Flow

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd. According to Mindtools.com, change management is a structured approach for ensuring that changes are thoroughly and smoothly implemented, and that the lasting benefits of change are achieved. According to thebalance.com, change management is the process of helping individuals and the organization transition from the current state Read More »

  • A Simple Solution for the Dockless Challenge

    It’s the biggest complaint about dockless bike-share: Users, for whatever reason, leave the bikes all over the place when they’re finished riding. Going with the theory that much of the mess is because riders just don’t understand the rules, a new pilot program by the Seattle Department of Transportation introduces Read More »

  • Creating an Effective Feedback Loop

    By Nicole Wylie Moving up the management chain has its perks: more input, more insight, and more opportunities for shaping your organization’s growth strategy. But climbing the corporate ladder also brings more responsibilities, like managing the team responsible for executing said strategy. And in addition to everything that’s already on Read More »

  • Voting Open for IPI Board of Directors and CAPP Certification Board Elections

    Voting is open for the 2018 IPI Board of Directors election. Review the biographies and platforms from the nine candidates running for five available positions. Candidates are listed randomly on the ballot; please vote for your top five choices. Members in good standing are eligible to vote for the IPI Read More »

  • Uber Halts Self-Driving Vehicle Tests

    Uber yesterday announced it’s halting testing of its autonomous vehicle fleet after a woman in Tempe, Ariz., was struck and killed by one of the cars. It was the first recorded death of a pedestrian hit by a driverless car. The car was in autonomous mode with a human safety Read More »

  • Voting Opens for IPI Board of Directors and CAPP Certification Board Elections

    Voting is open for the 2018 IPI Board of Directors election. There are nine candidates running for five available positions for a two-year term beginning June 2018. Members in good standing are eligible to vote for the IPI Board of Directors; your organization’s primary member will cast the vote for Read More »

  • Member News: Eberle Design Inc. Receives Early ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management

    PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 15, 2018) — Eberle Design Inc. (EDI), a leader in advanced traffic data aggregation, vehicle detection and intersection safety monitoring solutions, today announced that it has received ISO 9001:2015 certification indicating its compliance with the latest edition of ISO 9001 quality management standards. EDI completed its audit Read More »

  • Multitaskers Are Lousy at Everything

    By Shawn Conrad, CAE As you commute into work, your mind starts to prepare for all the goals you want to tackle and accomplish during the day. As often happens, you get sidetracked by a cell phone call telling you there is an access problem with faulty equipment, you walk Read More »

  • New Tax Laws and Their Effect on Businesses

    By Bonnie Watts, CEM April 15. Most working-class individuals hear that date and cringe. I’m one of those over-zealous individuals and had my taxes filed and returned before the end of January. My tax preparer was already ahead of the game, providing me with information on how the new tax Read More »

  • Member News: Pasadena Drivers Can Now Use a Mobile App to Pay for Parking

    The PassportParking® app adds convenient payments solution  Pasadena, Calif. (March 15, 2018) — The PassportParking® mobile parking application is now available in Pasadena for a simpler and quicker payment option. The mobile app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Adds Airport Experience Package for Belfast International Airport Passengers

    European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has strengthened its collaboration with Belfast International Airport by introducing additional ancillary revenue services to support its existing parking partnership. With a current agreement in place to offer the airport’s 6 million annual passengers the option of reserving their parking prior to travel, ParkCloud Read More »

  • The Happiest, Paid Parking on Earth

    Walt Disney World this week announced plans to start charging its overnight resort guests for parking. Beginning March 21, drivers staying in its on-property hotels will pay $13 to $33 per night for parking. Guests at its Fort Wilderness Resort campground and day-only guests will not be charged for parking. Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Parking Guidance and the Journey — March 14 @ 2:00 PM EDT

    On-Demand 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 archived presentation explores the various technologies available to communicate parking information to consumers during the different parts of a journey Read More »

  • Parking Work is Emotional Customer Service Work

    By Teresa Trussell, CAPP  “I love my job, I need my job, I need my paycheck, and I cannot say what’s inside my head right now.” How many of you have repeated this to yourself as you attempt to maintain a professional demeanor while an angry customer completely unloads on Read More »

  • Member News: Kimley-Horn Named One of the 2018 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®

    Raleigh, North Carolina – February 15, 2018 – Kimley-Horn is one of the 2018 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. Kimley-Horn ranked #10 on the list, which is based on survey responses from employees rating the Read More »

  • Member News: TIBA Launches ParkBlue – Parking Access for Any Parking Garage

    COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 13, 2018) –  TIBA Parking Systems is proud to announce the immediate availability of ParkBlue; a service and application to enable cloud-based management of parking garages, frictionless physical access to parking garages on any PARCS system and a mobile application, as well as an SDK to facilitate Read More »

  • Member News: Downtown Pensacola Improvement Board Introduces New Public Parking Program

    Premium Parking to provide new integrated parking management solution and mobile payment platform Pensacola, FL – March 1, 2018 – Beginning March 1, Downtown Pensacola and Premium Parking, a New Orleans, Louisiana based parking management provider, will transition to a new digital parking management platform for Downtown Pensacola’s on-street, public Read More »

  • Why Patients Benefit from Paying for Hospital Parking

    By Eric Williams As the health care market battles shrinking margins due to Medicare/Medicaid shortcomings and the increasing number of uninsured Americans, hospital executives are forced to evaluate every aspect of their revenue producing assets. The current operational trend in the hospital community is to trim costs and capitalize operational Read More »

  • Brussels Combats Air Pollution with Free Transit

    Brussels has joined Paris and Madrid in offering free transit and free bikeshare use on days when air quality is particularly bad, in an effort to fight pollution. If levels of fine particulate matter in the air stay bad for 48 hours, the city’s residents will be able to use Read More »

  • ’Tis the Season

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C It’s the season for unexpected snowfalls, nor’easters, and snow days (for kids of all ages). It’s been a little looney at my house (even more so than average) and I am not ashamed to admit it. Late spring has been very mercurial as of 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 »

  • Member News: City of Norfolk Launches ParkNorfolk Parking App

    Custom parking app includes new features Norfolk, Va., (March 8, 2018) – Parking in Norfolk just became easier with the city’s new and improved mobile app, ParkNorfolk. It’s a custom-made app powered by Passport, the global leader for mobile parking and transit payments throughout cities and universities in North America. Read More »

  • Many Great Reasons for New Mobility Services

    By Alex Thibault We are in the middle of a tectonic shift in the market for mobility services. Organizations small and large are diving in every week and becoming operators in a space they wouldn’t have considered 10 years ago. For a number of good reasons, car manufacturers and distributors, Read More »

  • Off the Beaten Campus Path

    A meter covered in gumballs. Traffic cones way up in trees. A parking manager helplessly watching chaos ensue in his garage from a stuck-between-floors elevator. And a woman getting out of her car to “help” direct traffic when she decided the parking folks were out of their element. Sound familiar? Read More »

  • Six Tips for Better Networking

    Networking: The joy of extroverts excited about making new connections, and the bane of introverts who find small talk and introductions in crowded rooms pretty painful. Either way, it’s a necessary thing in business. Inc. this week released its list of six things smart people do to have interesting conversations. Read More »

  • Member News: Penticton Launches Mobile Parking Payment Application

    City introduces parking app for quicker payments Penticton, British Columbia (March 5, 2018) — The City of Penticton, British Columbia, announces the launch of a mobile app for parking payments, by Passport. Passport, the developer of the app, is the global leader for parking and transit payments for cities and Read More »

  • Member News: Impark Canada Announces Collaboration with the Forward Movement

    February 28, 2018 Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark Canada) is proud to announce its collaboration with The Forward Movement, a Canadian advocacy group campaigning for the support and adoption of the Dynamic Symbol of Access (DSA). To advance its work with The Forward Movement, Impark will adopt the DSA as Read More »

  • Transformed Urban Planning

    The Economist last week ran an article about “The Chance to Transform Urban Planning.” It covered new ways cities can be designed in the future, including the possibility of the “garden city” becoming a real thing, thanks to one big technology. What is it? Autonomous vehicles. Using data and trends 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.

  • Got 10? Make a Big Difference

    By Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA You’ve probably heard about the 10/10/10 rule for making wise decisions. It’s based on a book by that name written, coincidentally, nearly 10 years ago by business writer Suzy Welch. The basic premise is to make decisions based on: How will you feel about Read More »

  • Member News: Colorado School of Mines Launches the PassportParking® Mobile Parking App

    The Mines selects Passport for quicker payment option Golden, CO (March 01, 2018) — The Colorado School of Mines announces the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile pay parking application. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout Read More »

  • Member News: Become a Master of Time with the PassportParking App®

    PassportParking launches at University of Rochester  Rochester, New York (March 1, 2018) — There’s one basic college course every student must pass. It doesn’t appear in the course catalog and it isn’t assigned a grade. However, it could result in a pass/fail at the end of the semester. Time management Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Signs Deal with APCOA Parking Germany to Promote Parking at Berlin Schönefeld Airport on Behalf of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

    European airport parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has agreed a contract to offer the official multi-storey car parks, operated by parking facility operator APCOA PARKING Deutschland GmbH, to its passengers flying from Berlin Schönefeld. The cooperation between ParkCloud and APCOA PARKING is part of APCOA’s aspiration to provide clients with the Read More »

  • Plug in When You Park?

    By David M. Feehan I drive a 2013 Chevy Volt, which I bought new. Chevy sells about 25,000 Volts a year, and the new Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid expects sales to be about the same. There are other at least 20 manufacturers that now offer PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles), Read More »

  • Standardizing Real-Time Maps

    There are a lot of entities mapping city streets; from transportation network companies to bike-share operations to city transportation departments to Google Maps and Waze, the supply of real-time maps seems endless. One challenge: They’re not necessarily the same. Some show parking, some show road closures, some update more frequently Read More »

  • 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.

  • The Future and Your Operation

    By James C. Anderson We live in interesting times! Driverless vehicles, autonomous vehicles, alternative-fuel vehicles, artificial Intelligence, ride-sharing, intermodal transportation, and the AV START Act. Some people are inspired and excited by these prospects while others are uncertain, uneasy, and feel angst about the possibilities and its broad implications. If Read More »

  • Columbus, Ohio, Invests in EV, Infrastructure

    When Columbus, Ohio, won a 2016 Smart Cities Challenge grant, no one was sure what they’d spend the money on. Last week, they announced the first investments with those funds: 93 electric vehicles and 86 EV charging stations, to be funded with the grant and $1.7 million in city tax Read More »

  • Skiing in the Parking Garage

    What do you do if you’re part of an Olympic ski team that needs a tunnel to practice in during the summer? You find a refrigerated parking garage, of course. Believe it or not, such a thing exists and the U.S. Nordic combined team really did practice there before this Read More »

  • Deadline to Enter IPI’s Parking Solutions Competition — Feb. 23, 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 »

  • Member News: Ryan Hunt Named President of Premier Parking

    Ryan Hunt began his career in the parking industry with Premier Parking in July of 2006, a time when Premier managed five properties in downtown Nashville, TN. Over the last eleven years, Premier Parking has grown exponentially, expanding to several major U.S. cities and totaling over 400 parking operations. Ryan Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Expands Polish Network with Katowice Airport

    European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has added a second Polish airport to its growing portfolio of airport parking providers. Poland’s fourth largest airport, Katowice International Airport, has agreed to add its P2 car park to ParkCloud’s global booking platform, enabling it’s near 3 million users to reserve a space Read More »

  • New Tax Laws and Parking

    By Mario Constanz Under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employers will no longer be able to deduct expenses related to transportation benefits, including parking, transit, or vanpooling. This eliminates a major incentive for employers to provide transportation and parking to their employees or any other expense relating to Read More »

  • Call for Nominations for the IPI Board of Directors and CAPP Board Closes

    The IPI Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the annual Call for Nominations for the IPI Board of Directors. Interested members should submit by Thursday, February 22, 2018 for consideration. To review criteria and find out more about the process, click here. The CAPP Certification Board is pleased to announce Read More »

  • Dubai Tests Autonomous Pods

    The squarish, blue and white boxes humming on Dubai roads may look a little weird, but they also might be a glimpse at the future of transportation. The city is testing a fleet of electric, autonomous pods at the World Government Summit—designed by NEXT Future Transportation, the pods can hold Read More »

  • Are Parking Apps the Future?

    By Michael Cramer While not quite in their infancy, parking apps aren’t a mature market. Yet. Yes, I think parking apps are the future but I am not sure the form we see today will survive. Let’s look at the challenges facing apps. First, they are expensive. Too expensive? Each Read More »

  • Member News: Mark Johnson to Lead TIBA Parking System Sales in Australia

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (February 16, 2018) – TIBA Parking Systems welcomes Mark Johnson as the Director of Sales in Australia to focus on the growing opportunities across the country. Mark Johnson joins the TIBA team with 15 years of diverse experience in the parking industry including sales, operations, product development and Read More »

  • A Conversation About Aging

    By Kim Fernandez Somewhere along the way—don’t ask me how—my personal email address was added to a press list somewhere and every P.R. person peddling every product you can think of (and some you should be glad you haven’t imagined) started bombarding me with emails. Most days, it’s an annoyance. Read More »

  • New England Parking Council (NEPC) 2018 Hospital Forum

    Where UMass Medical Center University Campus 55 Lake Street, UMass Medical School building, Worcester, Massachusetts 02115, USA Fees The Hospital Forum is FREE to all NEPC Members

  • Member News: Indiana Borough Introduces Mobile Payment App Powered by Passport

    Indiana, Pa. (Feb. 15, 2018) — Indiana Borough announces the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows parkers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North Read More »

  • Parking Technology to Keep Truckers Safer

    Travel along any major highway and you’re likely to see 18-wheelers parked along shoulders and exit ramps while their drivers get some rest. Technology developed in the parking industry is about to try and change that. Minnesota has started installing technology to let truckers know in real-time where parking spaces Read More »

  • Parking Districts and the City

    By Becky Cass The Washington Avenue Corridor of Houston is known to cater to mid-20s and early 30s professionals who enjoy bars and clubs with drinks and eats. Although the strip of Washington Ave. is full of clubs, bars, and restaurants, surrounding side streets are packed with residential condos and Read More »

  • The Importance of Wayfinding

    By Thomas W. Gaffery, IV, MBA, CAPP Whether a university, municipality, airport, transit agency, or private parking operator, wayfinding is something we should all spend some time on. A successful wayfinding signage implementation will result in a dramatic benefit to you and your customers. Questions encountered in the field will Read More »

  • Member News: Joe Mollish Joins TIBA Parking Systems as Vice President of Strategic Accounts

    COLUMBUS, OH (February 12, 2018) – TIBA Parking Systems welcomes Joe Mollish as the Vice President of Strategic Accounts to expand sales in its’ rapidly growing vertical markets, such as universities, airports, hospitals and municipalities. Mollish will manage complex and large-scale projects across the United States. Joe has a diverse background Read More »

  • Keep the Car, Sell the Data

    Back in the day, the most valuable part of your car besides the engine might have been its spoiler or its chrome or its stereo or its rims. Experts say that won’t be true for very much longer if it even still is, because your car’s data is about to Read More »

  • Member News: Asheville Launches New Citation Management System Powered by Passport

    Enforcement officers now using real-time platform for more accurate enforcing Asheville, NC (Feb. 9, 2018) — Passport, the industry leader in parking enforcement software, has launched its citation management platform for the City of Asheville. The city, that expects to issue up to 20,000 citations this year, is upgrading its Read More »

  • Member News: Direct Travel Partners with SpotHero for Business to Become First TMC to Offer Mobile Corporate Parking Management

    February 8, 2018 Direct Travel, Inc., a top travel management company in North America, today announced that it has partnered with SpotHero for Business, North America’s leading business parking reservation platform and the first mobile solution to help corporate travelers find and book parking on the go. The partnership will increase the Read More »

  • Let Your Purpose Propel You                                                    

    By Michelle W. Jones, CMP This week I had the great fortune to hear an inspiring presentation by Roy Spence, co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute. Aristotle said, “Where your talents and the needs of the world meet, there lies your purpose.” Many folks may not know their purpose. Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Expands into Canada as it Continues Global Growth

    Global online parking reservation provider, ParkCloud, has broken into a new market, announcing Canada as the 42nd country available to customers booking through its extensive global network.   ParkCloud is now able to offer its online parking reservation services to customers travelling from Canada’s largest and busiest airport – Toronto Pearson International Airport.  Passengers parking up at the airport’s self park covered garages Read More »

  • Where the Dinosaurs Parked

    Plans to tear up a parking lot to make room for a new building at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in suburban Maryland were delayed not too long ago by dinosaurs. Dinosaur footprints, actually, which made it apparent that people weren’t the first creatures to park on that land. Seems Read More »

  • A Drop, A Correction, or More?

    By Mark Vergenes Parking professionals, like everyone else, have concerns about the stock market. Last year was good. While it took the Dow 14 years to climb from 10,000 to 15,000, it took it just three-and-a-half years to reach 20,000 in 2017. Perhaps those highs made the Dow’s 1,500-point drop Read More »

  • New Complete Streets Framework Released

    Smart Growth America recently released a new framework and scoring methodology for Complete Streets. This was, they said, a result of calls for increased equity and implementation in the program and the new policy framework is in use now. It includes more requirements and steps to implement Complete Streets. Along Read More »

  • Member News: Romeoville Introduces Mobile Payment App Powered by Passport

    The Village adds mobile parking app for quicker payment option Romeoville, Ill (Feb. 5, 2018) — The Village of Romeoville announced the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows parkers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile Read More »

  • Feeling Social. Now What?

    The year is still in its infancy but there’s been lots of news about social media for businesses. Facebook’s new algorithm, LinkedIn’s embrace of video, and Instagram’s pushing suggested feeds are just a few examples. How does a parking organization pull it all together to make the most of social Read More »

  • Connect and Succeed

    By Kathleen Federici, MEd I had to complete two internships for my dual undergraduate degree. I was lucky that my university had a connection with a company that was set up half as a non-profit and half as for-profit, each with their own different names, letting me complete both internships Read More »

  • Dockless Bike-Share: To Regulate or Not?

    One of the latest trends in bike-sharing is going dockless—instead of leaving bikes in racks that lock, users can leave them anywhere in a specified area and the bikes self-lock electronically until the next user signs in to use them. The systems have begun to create controversy in cities including Read More »

  • Member News: Passport Transforms How New Yorkers Begin Their Commutes

    Mobile app provider leads the way for parking payments along Metro North Rail  New York, NY (Jan. 23, 2018) — Charlotte, North Carolina-based fintech company, Passport, which recently raised $43 million from Bain Capital Ventures to help accelerate its growth, has secured 34 parking lots along the Metro North Rail Read More »

  • He Gets Us

    Pricing on-street parking, as readers of this blog already know, is about finding a balance between what people will pay, how much time they really need to occupy a space, and how far they’re willing to walk to their ultimate destinations. Parking people know this. But it appears word is Read More »

  • Is it Worth the Time?

    By David Feehan I recently had a meeting in downtown Rockville, Md. Google Maps could get me to my destination, but where would I park? There was a municipal parking garage listed on Google Maps, but the site offered no helpful information—where to enter, the hourly rate, whether the garage Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Secures Renewal Deal with Torino Airport

    European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has further strengthened its presence within the Italian market, by securing a contract renewal with Torino Airport (Turin Airport), following a successful 18-month term.  Having originally agreed the deal in mid-2016, Turin Airport – which is also known asTurin-Caselle Airport – has agreed to renew 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: SpotHero Announces Voice-Activated, In-Car Parking Reservations via the Google Assistant in Android Auto

    New SpotHero Integration on the Google Assistant Showcased at CES 2018 SpotHero, North America’s leading parking reservation service, has launched a new integration that enables drivers to book parking with the Google Assistant using voice commands. With the Google Assistant’s recent integration into Android Auto, drivers with Android Auto will Read More »

  • We’re Less Afraid This Year

    Tides turn and that’s what’s happening in the autonomous vehicle space. A new survey finds Americans are more willing to consider trying driverless cars than they were just a year ago. The survey, conducted by AAA and released last week, found 63 percent of drivers are afraid to try autonomous Read More »

  • Managing Parking and the Curb

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C “Cities across North America are recognizing the value of their curbsides as flexible zones.” You bet they are—nearly every conversation I have had with a parking professional lately mentions managing the curb, TNCs, on-street parking, and greater mobility (and therefore flexibility). (Of course, Read More »

  • Forecast: Massive Growth for Smart City Technology

    EV charging stations, micro-grids, smart parking, and smart street lighting are among the fastest-growing transformative technologies that are forecast to boost smart city Internet of Things (IoT) revenue to $62 billion by 2026, says a new research report. Current revenue is $25 billion. ABI Research, which released its report this Read More »

  • Call for Nominations for IPI Board of Directors and CAPP Board — Now Closed

    Nominations for both the IPI Board or Directors and the CAPP Board closed February 22, 2018. The Nominating Committee of the International Parking Institute (IPI) is pleased to announce the annual Call for Nominations for individuals interested in serving as members of the IPI Board of Directors. For the 2018 Read More »

  • Member News: Women in Parking Board Announced

    Women in Parking (January 24, 2018) 2018-2019 Women in Parking Board Announced The Women in Parking (WIP) Association recently announced the roster for elected members to the 2018-2019 WIP Leadership Board. The eight new board members joining the new board term come from a variety of sectors within the parking Read More »

  • Try, Try Again: Uncle Sam Wants … Parking

    Editor’s note: This post, which was published earlier in the week, was a bit thwarted by circumstances out of our control. We heard from lots of you that you’d like to see the document linked at the end, which was unavailable during the federal government shutdown, so we’re republishing it. Read More »

  • Just One App?

    By Dion Knill Remember the old days when you couldn’t send an SMS to a friend if he or she was on a different mobile network? It’s no wonder 15 years ago the U.S. had the lowest usage of SMS messaging in the world. Recently I did an informal survey Read More »

  • Member News: ADEXUS Partners with TIBA Parking Systems in South America

    COLUMBUS, OHIO (January 22, 2018) – TIBA Parking Systems and ADEXUS, a leading company in IT services and solutions, join forces to deliver world-class parking access and revenue control systems (PARCS) to South America. Headquartered in Chile, ADEXUS will expand the TIBA network in South America. With 27 years of experience, Read More »

  • Member News: ParkCloud Strengthens Team with Three New Recruits

    European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has welcomed three new members to its head office team following a successful period of growth. Elvan Bagci, Melanie Schroeder and Julio Calvo join the parking reservation provider’s award-winning team as Marketing Analyst, Account Manager – German & Polish and Account Manager – Spanish Read More »

  • Member News: Parkmobile Announces Major Investment by BMW Group

    BMW’s investment in Parkmobile, LLC to help drive continued expansion and innovation throughout North America Parkmobile, LLC, the leading provider of mobile parking solutions in North America, announced today a recapitalization of the business and investment by BMW Group.  Through this transaction, Parkmobile has consolidated its shareholder base and gained Read More »

  • Being Fearless

    By Kim Fernandez My daughter tried out for her first high school musical last week. She rose through the performing-arts ranks at her elementary/middle school quickly and thanks equally to her ability to carry a tune and never developing a fear of rejection or spotlight aversions, by seventh grade was Read More »

  • Member News: David Horn Joins Propark America’s Parking Dream Team

    Hartford, Connecticut – Propark America announced today that David Horn has joined the company as the new regional vice president, overseeing the Jacksonville market and select near airport facilities within the company’s portfolio. “The southeast region is a challenging parking environment, so the right leadership is top priority for Propark,” 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 »

  • Real-Time Occupancy: The Most Valuable Piece Of Parking Information

    By Nathan Donnell For any driver, the parking experience is often one of frustration. In downtown areas, drivers typically circle the block several times hoping a parking space opens up. Drivers naturally try to park at the closest lots to their destinations, which can lead to over-filled lots with gridlocked Read More »

  • IPI Webinar: Introduction to Parksmart

    On-Demand Webinar: $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, the Read More »

  • Branding to the Curb

    By Renee Smith, JD MBA In today’s competitive environment, branding is the name of the game. Parking owners who rely on hourly parkers to generate revenue usually face competition from other parking facilities, and the most successful know how to make theirs stand out. Organizations that provide parking as an 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 »

  • publications

    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 »

  • publications

    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 »

  • publications

    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

  • publications

    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 »

  • publications

    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 »

  • publications

    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 »

  • publications

    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 »