New Los Angeles variable parking rates plan gets approval

Los Angeles has now followed San Francisco’s lead and
has approved a pilot program that will adjust the cost of parking based on
demand at various times throughout the day and the duration that motorists stay
within each parking space.

The program, called ExpressPark, will use sensors and other technology to
monitor around 6,000 sidewalk parking meters and 7,500 spaces in public parking
facilities. Rates will change based on demand, adjusting to rise or fall by no
more than 50%.

According to the LA Times, the City of Los Angeles plans to launch the project in
September, and hopes to see the variable parking rate system commence from
April 2012.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation states
that its goals are to increase the availability of public parking spaces and
decrease traffic congestion and pollution, testing the ways technology can help
the achieve these goals.

ExpressPark™, one component of the Los Angeles
Congestion Reduction Demonstration, is set to operate from  Spring 2012. The program includes real-time
parking guidance systems, mobile applications, upgraded parking meter
technology, and integrated parking bay sensors. 

You can read more on the ExpressPark page on the LADOT
site here.

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