Beer with an Engineer

Steve Wellman, Senior Civil/Traffic Engineer at ptc., was recently interviewed by Melanie and Dominic De Gioia for their podcast Beer with an Engineer. The hot topic of the interview revolved around the issues with Sydney’s transport planning and the lack of integrated options. Steve pointed out examples such as the fact that Westconnex construction works […]

Parking & Traffic Consultants announces rebrand to ptc.

Over the last 20 years our company has embraced change, and the development of our service offering has sought to anticipate the needs of our clients. We are extremely proud of our achievements and, along with our team, our experience has grown immensely. It is with great pleasure that we announce a new string to […]

Congratulations, Kelvin

Last Friday the ptc team celebrated Kelvin Worthington’s 10th year work anniversary. Kelvin is a valued member of our company and his experience in all facets of parking makes him a reference to colleagues when needing advice. Kelvin’s primary objective, which he has so successfully achieved, has been to become a trusted advisor to his […]

What does a parking consultant do?

Not everyone is familiar with the intricacies of parking management or the complexity of this industry and we often find ourselves answering questions about what exactly we do. Although we have a specific set of skills and knowledge relating to the parking industry, our consultants’ daily activities are very similar to those of other professionals […]

Why engage a parking consultant?

Parking consultants have a specific set of skills and knowledge to evaluate parking scenarios and propose the best solution considering the resources and characteristics of each situation. The International Parking Institute (IPI) highlighted six ways that hiring a parking consultant can save you time and money: Understanding the big parking (and transportation) picture A parking […]

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Car Parking – Where is it headed?

We are proud to announce the release of the 2015 Whitepaper on CBD Car Parking, a joint project between Parking & Traffic Consultants and Colliers International. The focus of this report is the changing landscape of CBD car parking and the resulting challenges and opportunities created in the car parking business. In our CBDs, supply […]

Dutch cycling experts offer advice on road safety

There’s no easy answer to the problems of cycling safety in Australia, but the first order of business is a change in attitude toward cycling and cyclists.  This was the observation of Dutch experts, Arie Vijfhuizen and Martijn te Lintelo, recently visiting Australia on a national tour speaking about road safety and cycling, reports the […]

Cost to build a car park- and more!

  Read the 2019 updated version of this post. Occasionally, people inquire as to what it costs to build a car park (this week, in fact).  This is not an easy question to answer quickly, as there are many variables to consider — Is it at-grade or multi-storey, CBD or regional, number of bays, which […]

Welcome to Parking Australia’s new president – Cristina Lynn

Photo credit: Parking Australia We would like to welcome the new President of Parking Australia, Cristina Lynn.  At the Parking Australia event in Sydney on Wednesday 10th December, long standing President Larry Schneider announced his retirement from the role. Cristina is the Managing Partner at Parking and Traffic Consultants and has been actively involved in […]

Parking people adapt well to GenFlux

We have had permission from US-based Vanessa Solesbee to re-blog her recent article that appeared in The Parking Professional magazine on The Importance of People.  The article explains why parking industry people seem to be adapting particularly well to the new paradigm, “Generation Flux”, where mastering change has become the defining characteristic of today’s successful […]

2013 from the rear-vision mirror

Hard as it is to accept it, another year is about to end.  When we ask ourselves “Where did it go?”, we realise that we have been too busy working to notice the passing of time! Appreciating Our Regular and New Clients 2013 has been a very successful year for us at Parking & Traffic Consultants.  […]

Choosing a Parking Consultant

We came across an interesting article in the US publication Parking, entitled Best Practices for Selecting a Parking Consultant, published by the NPA.  Clearly, we have a vested interest in disseminating this information, but it is written for the benefit of consumers of consulting services, and that’s why we wanted to share it.   For some […]

Women in Parking lands in Australia

Cristina Lynn, Vice President of PAA at WIP Launch Event At a recent PAA event in Sydney, PTC Managing Partner and Treasurer of the Parking Association of Australia, Cristina Lynn, launched the Australian chapter of Women In Parking.  Australia is the first outpost of the US association by the same name, and members will enjoy […]

George Street makeover a step closer

Both the State Government and the City of Sydney agree that light rail from Circular Quay to the city’s east along George Street will be a great thing for Sydney. The vision is for an integrated transport network able to move large groups of commuters quickly and effectively around the CBD and out to major […]

Car park design – an interesting beast

  In any development, there is a fine line between the interests of the engineer, the developer, the investor and the end user. Ultimately all are after a solution which works, but it can be the age-old battle between cost and benefit which dictates terms. In a previous post entitled Why Simple Design is Often […]

UK parking in the success of urban centres

“The Means” is a report published for a group of London councils, examining the relationship and relevance of parking in ‘successful’ urban centres. The study involved looking at the evidence from reports prepared by foundations, industry associations and public agencies, such as Transport for London. A questionnaire was sent out to all London boroughs, requesting […]

Parking and Traffic Consultants – 2012 year in review

2012 has been another eventful year for PTC. Many new clients joined the prestigious names in our portfolio, including Perth Airport, Health Infrastructure, Adelaide University and Leichhardt Council. Many other previous clients engaged us to do new work. Just to give you an idea, during the year we worked for these airports: Adelaide, Gold Coast, […]

Minimum parking requirements in Sacramento

The City of Sacramento, California, has announced a reduction in the number of parking spaces that new commercial and urban housing projects will be required to build. According to the Sacramento Bee, city planners say existing parking rules cause some would-be business owners to back away. For some apartment complexes and residential buildings, parking requirements […]

Hola from Santiago

A guest post from Parking & Traffic Consultants’ Managing Partner, Cristina Lynn Hola to all our blog readers! George Burton, Grant McLean and I are in Santiago, Chile to kick start a project for a major shopping centre owner. The project will include design review, signage and wayfinding and external traffic issues.   I thought […]

A year of ‘Parking and Traffic’ blogs in review

Feel like the year has passed you by too? If you’ve been too busy to stay on top of the parking and traffic industry news every week – never fear! Here is our annual round-up of the highs and lows, and headline-making stories from 2012. Parking and policy in Australia This year saw Parking & […]

How to solve traffic jams

Following on from the previous post, here is another great TED talk which explores one of the key challenges of our industry and our cities: traffic congestion. In this talk, Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the […]

Sydney’s bike lane network set to be completed

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s push to take control of Sydney’s CBD transport may see the completion of the network of bike lanes. The committee set up by the government to take control of the city’s transport planning has endorsed the completion of the bike lane network by May next year. The committee gave new impetus […]

13th Australian Parking Convention is a resounding success

Following in the steps of the November 2010 Convention, the Parking Association of Australia held its 13th event at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier this week. The event was characterised by a high level of local and international speakers that had the delegates particularly riveted to their seats. The exhibiton, in Hall 6 […]

Avoiding holiday parking stress

<div><a href=””><img alt=”” src=”” style=”border: 0px;” /></a><br /> </div> <div> <p><span style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: calibri;”>Whilst it&rsquo;s still very early in the &lsquo;holiday season&rsquo;, that doesn&rsquo;t stop some department stores displaying Christmas decorations and nor is it too early for the International Parking Institute to publish a list of tips to help avoid parking stress during […]

The price of traffic and the future of transportation

A new series, called Environmental Economics (or e² transport), launched online showcases innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically. The first episode will look at London’s mission to transform itself into a transit-efficient and pedestrian-friendly megacity. The introduction of the Congestion Charge challenges the 20th century notion […]

West Hollywood automated parking garage

The City of West Hollywood (LA) engaged technology company Unitronics to design, engineer, fabricate, install and maintain a 200-car automated vehicle storage and retrieval system for the City Hall. This is a $2.6 million project, according to the City’s website. The automated parking system is indeed impressive, with the automated garage able to hold as […]

Parking and Traffic Consultants – on the move!

A message from Parking & Traffic Consultants’ Managing Partner, Cristina Lynn. I am pleased to announce that we are moving to larger premises to accommodate the expanding number of consultants. As from 5th October 2012 our new details will be as follows: Suite 102, 506 Miller Street Cammeray NSW 2062 Telephone: 02-89 200 800 Fax: […]

Sydney’s George Street : what does it look like with light rail?

The City of Sydney has put forward a proposal to contribute to the NSW State Government’s light rail project, transforming George Street into a world-class main street. Council has offered to work with the NSW Government by committing $180 million to the light rail project, including funding new pedestrian spaces, new information signage, upgraded public […]

Building cities for people

Another great video we came across this week from TED, exploring how we can fit more people into cities without overcrowding. Kent Larson, director of the MIT House_n research consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning, designs new technologies that solve the biggest questions facing our cities. His speech, available on the video link […]