Fort Totten Real-Time Parking Pilot
One of the challenges Metro faces is how to best support Parking customers. Good data on parking space utilization at metered Kiss and Ride spaces can be hard to come by and finding a metered parking space at many stations can involve guesswork. To address this lack of space availability information, Metro is beginning a 1-year pilot of sensors in parking spaces at the Fort Totten Metro Kiss and Ride parking lot to capture data on space availability and usage and to facilitate payment. These battery-powered sensors will be mounted flush with the pavement in each parking space, and communicate information on availability and usage. These space sensors will last 5-7 years on their internal batteries, and provide nearly real-time information.
Additional sensors mounted inside the parking meters allow data to be captured on payment and immediately notify maintenance personnel of any outages to allow quick repair. In the near future, you’ll also be able to add time to these meters using your cellphone. This technology — provided by the San Francisco-based company StreetLine Inc. — has recently been deployed for on-street parking meters in San Francisco and Hollywood, CA.
If this pilot project succeeds at accurately detecting vehicles and collecting data on parking space availability, this parking detection technology can be rolled out to the other types of parking spaces available at Metrorail stations. Real-time information on parking availability can be provided over the web, on smartphones (like the iPhone, Android and Blackberry using the Parker app), and in the future, on roadside signs to help save customers time and make it easier to use transit. When you decide to pull off the highway and switch to Metro, we want to eliminate the guesswork and make sure you know where to find a parking space.