Smart Parking Value Pricing Pilot (VPP) on the COASTER Commuter Rail Line in San Diego, California

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Innovative Mobility

Increasingly, public transit authorities are harnessing advances in sensor, payment, and enforcement technologies to operate parking facilities more efficiently. TSRC in conjunction with the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) is leading the VPP implementation and evaluation with the assistance of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the North County Transit District (NCTD), and ParkingCarma™. The objective of this project is to develop a regional toolkit and implementation plan that draws on the qualitative experience and quantitative evaluation of the COASTER smart parking pilot (as well as the larger available evidence in the literature) to assist SANDAG, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and public transit agencies as they consider the application of smart parking pricing at transit stations in the regional context. In the short term, smart parking innovations promise to enhance customer parking experiences, increase the effective supply of existing parking with minimal investment, and increase ridership and overall revenue. Over the longer term, these systems could further expand ridership by generating revenue to add parking capacity and improve access.

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