Ensure proper operations and maintenance of advanced parking management systems (APMS)

Experience from APMS deployment sites.

January 2007
BWI Airport,Baltimore,Maryland,United States; Seattle Center,Seattle,Washington,United States; Chicago,Illinois,United States

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Lesson Learned

Proper management and operations of APMS is necessary to ensure continued pubic acceptance and support of the project. Based on the experience of the three sites profiled in this study – Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport, Seattle Center, and Chicago Metra park-and-ride facilities -- the following set of lessons learned highlight two key management and operations issues with APMS projects.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of each agency for system operations and maintenance early in the planning process. Failure to maintain the systems will reduce credibility and public support for the project may diminish. At one of the sites visited, the effort was delayed for nearly a year as the stakeholder group resolved the debate over who would pay for operations and maintenance. If roles and responsibilities are clearly articulated at the outset, such problems can be avoided.
  • For systems that use space occupancy counting systems, confirm detector operation periodically. System accuracy is a critical component of a successful system. System errors can cause the inventory count to be in error, either in a positive or a negative direction. Under-counting available spaces means a lost opportunity for a patron and lost revenue for the operator, while over-counting available spaces results in frustrated patrons and a potential loss of future credibility and revenue for the operator.
    • At BWI, attendants conduct periodic drive-through inspections to ensure all the detectors accurately reflect the status of the parking space.
Proper management and operations of APMS projects is necessary for the overall success of the project. In particular, the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholder members must be clearly outlined to ensure the smooth functioning of the system. In addition, the accuracy of the counting technology must be periodically checked, as customer satisfaction, as well as the mobility benefits of APMS, is dependent on the accuracy of the information.

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Advanced Parking Management Systems: A Cross-Cutting Study - Taking the Stress Out of Parking

Published By: U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

Prepared by SAIC for the U.S. DOT

Source Date: January 2007

EDL Number: 14318

Other Reference Number: Report No. FHWA-JPO-07-011

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/2940

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RITA/Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


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Lesson ID: 2007-00401