Easing congestion in the northeast area

The northeast quadrant of Old Town had the most parking challenges, according to Transportation Director Paul Basha.

“With this new technology, visitors can drive directly to a street with available parking, which will reduce driving time, traffic congestion and vehicle emissions,” Basha said.

Solving parking violations, too

The new system also lets Scottsdale police see where a vehicle has violated a parking limit.

“This greatly reduces parking officers’ driving, which is more economical and greener,” Lt. Christopher Dipiazza said. “It also enables us to better enforce disabled parking spaces and parking in other areas of the city.”

The parking app color codes streets based on parking availability and lets users know the cost and time limit for parking. The app will also alert users when parking limits are about to expire.

1-year test run

The city spent just more than $230,000 to install and maintain the sensors.  The city’s pilot program with Parker will run for one year but can be extended for up to five years.  The app also operates in Los Angeles and other California cities.

 

Story by;  Lorraine Longhi, Arizona Republic

Published 6:00 a.m. MT Nov. 23, 2018 on AZCentral.com

Reach the reporter at Lorraine.Longhi@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter: @lolonghi.