Consider the impact fees have on parking behavior.
Experience from the smart parking field test at the Rockridge, Oakland BART station.
- Smart parking should not be more expensive than monthly reserved parking. While it may seem self-evident that this would be the case, it is important to remember to keep the overall combined cost of reservation fees and actual parking below the cost of the monthly reserved parking.
- Charge parking reservation fees on a per-transaction basis instead of carrying a balance. As part of the smart parking reservation process, users entered a credit card that was charged a flat fee of $30. Reservation fees were deducted from the account balance, and an additional $30 was added automatically, as needed. Users expressed a preference for a per transaction charge rather than a flat fee, due to the fact that some users only needed parking for a short period and would not use the full $30 balance.
Author: Susan Shaheen and Charlene Kemmerer
Published By: Transportation Research Board
Source Date: 1 August 2007URL: http://pubs.its.ucdavis.edu/download_pdf.php?id=1095
RITA/Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
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