May 25, 2012
Following in the footsteps of Chicago, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Harrisburg PA, and other cities, NYC is considering leasing NYC parking meters to an outside company. This private company would ideally leverage current technology to:
- reduce congestion and get you to your parking spot faster using real-time NYC street parking occupancy data from companies like Streetline,
- bring in more revenue with remote payment options via telephone, text, or online.
What would the NYC government still do?
April 27, 2012
Your dreams of finding better and/or cheaper NYC parking faster is one step closer to coming true. Streetline, a company we’ve written about before, just got a $25 million line of credit from Citibank. Here’s the scoop:
When Streetline moves in to a town or NYC, it puts sensors in every NYC street parking space. When you park, a real-time database knows that space is occupied. Ideally, you can register your car and pay remotely, and even add more time to the meter up to the maximum time you can park at that NYC parking meter.
All that real-time data will tell the city where there are available spaces to park on the street, and where the streets are full. The city can raise or lower the street parking meter rates to balance out the supply and demand so there is an occupancy rate of 70%, or 80%, or the level that is appropriate to make sure that you can find a parking space. Kind of cool, huh?
The next step is to involve NYC parking garages, so you can choose to search for street parking or get a guaranteed space in a NYC parking garage. It might cost more that parking on the street, but you’ll save heaps of time circling for a spot.
February 25, 2011
Tired of driving endlessly to find a parking space on the street? If you have an iphone and $1.99, a San Francisco-based company, Streetline, may just have the solution for you. The company is testing sensors in a 20-block area in Los Angeles that tell the iphone app where there are vacant street parking spaces. Google Maps directs you to the spaces.
The sensors are also being tested on Roosevelt Island, NYC, and will soon be installed in Washington, DC and Salt Lake City.
Read more in the USA Today.