Parking and Intelligent Transportation Systems

When Kenneth Smith, E.I. (Raleigh) first began his career at Kimley-Horn, the idea of combining parking technology and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) advancements seemed unexpected. After exposure and understanding of both practices, Kenneth was able to see the connections between the different services.

“At the end of the day, we are talking about providing mobility services, which enhance driver experience. To achieve seamless success, the communication data must connect with field devices to work efficiently,” explained Kenneth.

So, how is Kimley-Horn implementing Parking and ITS?

Kimley-Horn worked with the City of Seattle to evaluate commercial vehicle loading zone (CVLZ) monetization strategies and technology to manage transactions, usage, and collect data to drive future policies. This City was faced with the challenge of commercial vehicle drivers frequently parking improperly, using on-street parking spaces, and surpassing time limits in commercial vehicle spaces. Furthermore, the City did not have a way to track CVLZ permit usage.

Led by Adria Koller, AICP (Tucson), the Kimley-Horn team evaluated usage data based on occupancy and duration for loading zones and defined analytics and trends for a variety of loading zone and vehicle types. The data was used to determine pilot strategies for managing loading zones and converting from an annual paid permit system to a usage-based transaction platform. The intent of the pilot program is to help delivery drivers make improved decisions on when and how to use loading zones, discourage loading zone abuse, and promote better data collection to support ongoing policy development. The outcomes of the study included phased technology recommendations, pilot testing strategies, and recommendations for rolling out, managing, modifying, and communicating pilot tests and long-term strategies.

In Utah, Kimley-Horn served the Utah Department of Transportation to examine innovative and technology-based solutions to identify available truck parking and communicate this availability to freight drivers on I-15. Kimley-Horn’s Lisa Burgess, PMP (Phoenix) played a key role in researching national best practices, developing a technical memorandum on technology options, and preparing concepts for public/private alternatives to truck parking information delivery. Kimley-Horn also provided input on specific questions to include as part of a survey being conducted with truck drivers along the corridor, as it pertained to real-time information and delivery methods.

As smart technology permeates day-to-day city needs, Kimley-Horn continues to find areas to collaborate, stay ahead of technology, and better serve clients.

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