Monthly Archives: September 2011

National Parking Association and PIM Launch Partnership

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National Parking Association and Parking in Motion Launch Initiative to Increase Real Time Access to Parking for Consumers

NPA & Parking in Motion form alliance to bring real time parking information and reservations to GPS, in-car navigation, and mobile devices.

 Washington, D.C.—September 30, 2011 The National Parking Association (NPA) announced today that it has formed a strategic alliance with Parking in Motion (PIM), the leading provider of static and real time parking information. Through this global alliance, NPA members can connect directly to consumers by making their parking locations more visible and accessible to the public. more National Parking Association and PIM Launch Partnership

Parking In Motion Announces Closing of Series A Funding

Parking In Motion Closes Series A Financing Round to Bring Real-Time Parking Information to Motorists

Santa Monica, CA – September 28, 2011 - Parking In Motion, Inc. today announced the closing of its Series A financing round, co-led by IDG Ventures and Fontinalis Partners, which will allow the company to deliver the world’s largest real-time parking database to automobile navigation systems, mobile phones, tablet devices, and other data aggregators. more Parking In Motion Announces Closing of Series A Funding

Scenes From Park(ing) Day 2011

Although it’s not a national holiday (yet), Parking In Motion thinks it deserves some serious recognition.

Park(ing) Day, an event that is quickly becoming an international spectacle, was celebrated across the globe last week. Park(ing) Day aims to transform austere urban parking spaces into lush, verdant “mini” parks. The first one of its kind was held in San Francisco in 2005, and during the past few years it has caught on in other cities. While there were some reported incidents of police interference, the day was mostly successful in allowing people to positively alter their metropolitan landscapes. Take a look at some of the creativity and inventiveness that took place.

An open park space for people to enjoy their lunch, on the streets of San Francisco

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In New York, people enjoyed a little Shakespeare in the Park(ing) spot

 

 

 

 

 

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Our bicycle-friendly neighbors from Santa Monica Spoke

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Next Phase of Expo Line Will Bridge Downtown to Santa Monica

Los Angeles has long since lagged behind other cities in providing its citizens with proper connectivity. In just a few short years that will all change.

No, we’re not talking about the long-pined for “Subway to the Sea,” which has seemingly taken eons to get off the ground. The Expo light rail extension is a much more modest development with a smoother path to fruition. The line has already been completed from downtown to Culver City, and with new construction it will bring passengers all the way to the beach at 4th and Colorado. While this line won’t run through vital mid-city sections like Hollywood and Beverly Hills, it’s still a very important milestone in LA’s transportation reinvention. The Los Angeles Times reports:

The Expo Line will be the first to penetrate the often-gridlocked Westside since streetcars crisscrossed the region. Officials estimate its ridership will rival that of the heavily used Blue Line from Long Beach to downtown L.A., and said it could become one of the busiest rail lines in the country. expo map4 300x108 Next Phase of Expo Line Will Bridge Downtown to Santa Monica

The $1.5B project will be funded through Measure R, an investment program that aims to tackle the city’s major transit needs over the next 3o years. The first phase, which stops near La Brea and Jefferson, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011. The 6.6 mile extension should hopefully be completed by 2015 and will drastically alter the daily lives of Angelenos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama Outlines Transportation Goals In Speech

Last night President Obama outlined his proposal for creating new jobs, a nearly $500 billion package. The bill, specifically called “The American Jobs Act,”  addresses the dire employment situation on all fronts, with significant emphasis being put towards transportation and infrastructure.

It seems inevitable that there will be some sort of political battle over the perceived costliness of the bill, with no specific outline being put forth just yet. What’s clear is that a large amount of Americans are struggling to stay afloat in a climate with disappearing jobs. The deficit problem that’s been plaguing the US has made it difficult to fund basic transit needs, so it’s encouraging to see politicians place so much importance on the restoration of highways, rails, and aviation. Yonah Freemark of The Transport Politic writes:

Alternatives to Mr. Obama’s plan that would continue to limit transportation funding from the federal government have little credibility — at least if we believe that keeping the nation’s mobility networks in a condition of acceptable repair is an important national goal. States have limited ability to increase their indebtedness, and the cutbacks that have followed the recession have demonstrated that governors and state legislatures have been almost universally unwilling (or unable) to invest their own funds to shore up their roads and transit lines — in spite of a decline in support from D.C.

The bill includes transit upgrades in major cities like Houston and Denver, and will put a significant dent in the unemployment numbers. It will still need to overcome heavy bipartisanship that has stalled many recent projects in Washington. The jobs bill comes on the heels of President Obama pleading with congress to pass a clean transportation bill, which has already jeopardized many projects and jobs. The NRDC blog reports:

This would embody the President’s vision for boosting jobs and the economy – a bill that will put Americans back to work while bringing our aging transportation infrastructure back to world class standards

There is no greater symbol of America’s strength than our infrastructure, but that is being threatened with each passing year of inactivity. The president’s bill keenly focuses on putting people back to work through transit reinforcement. Our politicians must now come together and realize the importance of keeping America strong, inside and out.

 

Parking Hero of the Month

For anyone who’s ever opened their glove box to a handful of parking tickets, meet Charles Mysak of Wayne, New Jersey.  For years Mysack has been thumbing his nose at the NY Parking Violations Bureau, and it appears his persistence is paying off.

For the past 11 years, Mysak has been making a living as a bookseller on a particularly crowded block in New York. Every morning, he methodically works around sign restrictions and street sweepers to set up his sidewalk book store from out of his car. Although he’s racked up plenty of tickets, he responsibly stays on top of his debts to NYC. To the city’s ticket issuers, he scoffs, “It’s an outrage so much time is being dedicated to taking money from taxpayers–they’re acting as predators. We are taxed, bullied and harassed.”

So PIM salutes Charles Mysak for his refusal to conform and names him a  burgeoning New York parking folk hero.