This project, done in collaboration with UC Berkeley, is evaluating and analyzing two performance-based parking projects, SF Park and LA Express Park. Over the past two years, researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley collected data about parking occupancy, rates of payment, reasons for non-payment and other variables that are not able to be collected by the sensors associated with the parking meters themselves. Early results indicate that the influence of parking price changes is limited because of a variety of factors include the rate of price changes and changes in time limit restrictions. Researchers are completing the analysis on the observation data .
Additionally, researchers are taking an in-depth look into the implementation of these two programs. How has the administration of SF Park and Express Park affected the change on the ground? How do real-world operational and political constraints influence the success of parking pricing as an efficient mechanism to reduce congestion related to searching for parking? What are the take away from these two experiments for other cities looking to implement similar programs? The result of this policy and operational analysis is a report presenting an overview of political, logistical, and policy issues that affected the implementation of parking pricing in both areas; contrasting the very different routes that were taken, the reasons for different ways of communicating with the public, the different constraints placed upon price changes, and other issues.
Working on this project: Madeline Brozen, Donald Shoup Project Start Date: September 2010 Project End Date: December 2014