Parking Meters

Chicago, Illinois

Opinion: Chicago Needs an Office of Parking Management

The city of Chicago needs a local agency empowered to planning, studying, or managing parking, according to a recent opinion piece published by Streetsblog Chicago.

August 11, 2021 - Streetsblog Chicago

On-Street Parking

Motorists Sue Chicago Parking Meter Operator

A lawsuit claims a company's 75-year contract to manage the city of Chicago's parking meters amounts to an "unreasonable" monopoly.

July 2, 2021 - Chicago Sun-Times


Why a Small Town Ditched 'Bargain' Parking Meters

At 25 cents an hour, Nevada City, California's meter rates weren't bringing in enough to pay the employees managing them. A fourfold increase will also help the town confront wildfire risk.

August 9, 2019 - CityLab

On-Street Parking

Dynamic Parking Prices Coming to Milwaukee

One of the key elements of progressive parking policy, as recommended by Donald Shoup, is on the way to the on-street parking meters in the city of Milwaukee.

September 14, 2018 - Urban Milwaukee

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'Smart' Parking Meters Issue Tickets From Afar

More tickets, fewer meter maids.

June 18, 2018 - NorthJersey

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Downtowns Still Need Parking

Downtown businesses still need a diverse supply of high-turnover parking spaces, argues former downtown San Diego shopkeep, planning activist, and parking guru, Bill Keller.

May 30, 2017 - UrbDeZine

North Dakota

State Legislation Could Make Parking Meters Legal in North Dakota Again

A law making its way through the North Dakota Legislative Assembly would challenge a prevailing assumption in the state that free parking is a human right.

March 1, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

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Chicago to Install New Parking Meters to Lessen Impact of Bad Contract

The city of Chicago will install 752 new parking meters in 2017—but still fall far from the Shoupian ideal.

November 29, 2016 - DNAinfo Chicago

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A Changing of the Parking Guard in Dallas

The city of Dallas is rolling out a new "parking-meter app" this week, but larger changes could be looming in the future.

September 13, 2016 - Dallas News

Meter Maid

Pesky Parking Tickets? There's an App for That

An intrepid student has created a simple chatbot program that helps people get out of parking tickets.

July 4, 2016 - Ars Technica

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'Pay-By-Plate' Parking Meters Bring Windfall to Pittsburgh

The power of modern parking technology is on display on the streets of Pittsburgh.

May 5, 2016 - Target 11

Family Parking

Parking Reform in San Diego Starts in the Neighborhoods

Citizens and businesses owners are actively involved in modernizing parking policies and assets in San Diego in a district by district approach, writes San Diego parking guru Bill Keller.

May 1, 2016 - UrbDeZine

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Boston Parking Meters to Get Smart

Over the next two years, Boston will replace its old parking meters with new ones connected to the internet. With this groundwork in place, pay-by-phone parking is the next step.

April 14, 2015 - BetaBoston

Parking Meter Revenues Donated to Santa Claus Fund for Low Income Families

A small town in Northern Ontario, Canada, annually gives its parking meter revenues over a two-week period to a fund providing aid for low income families over the holidays.

December 4, 2014 - The Kapuskasing Times

The Lingering Consequences of Chicago's Parking Meter Privatization

An article examines "Exhibit A for bad public contracting"—a 75-year lease between Chicago a Morgan Stanley-led private consortium for 36,000 parking meters—as a cautionary tale about the lingering impacts of bad deals.

June 9, 2014 - Next City

Parking Meter Tests Provoke Frustration in St. Louis

Locations around St. Louis are testing new parking meters, leading to confusion and tickets. The changes are part of an ongoing test of new systems that will eventually yield an overdue overhaul of the city's parking technology.

May 6, 2014 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Walk, Bike, Transit Advocates Lose Sunday Parking Vote

Despite a grassroots campaign to retain Sunday parking meter charges it only approved two years ago, the San Francisco MTA agreed with Mayor Ed Lee to drop the charges, hoping that voters would approve two transit funding measures in November.

April 17, 2014 - Streetsblog San Francisco

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How Parking Meters Turned Around a Struggling Downtown

The revival of Old Pasadena is one of the truly great urban success stories from the past few decades. The area's comeback was not based on shifting demographics or "political will", writes Colin Marshall, but a less sexy foundation: parking reform.

November 20, 2013 - KCET Departures

Parking Privatization Efforts Not Spreading Smoothly

In the wake of the problem-plagued privatization of Chicago's parking meters in 2008, two WSJ reporters assess conversions (or attempts) in Indianapolis (2010), Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York, as well as what went wrong in Chicago.

January 28, 2013 - The Wall Street Jounal

Motorists Save With Efficient Parking Pricing

Contrary to many motorists' fears, San Francisco's demand-based parking pricing has reduced overall average hourly rates and ticket citations.

December 19, 2012 - San Francisco Examiner

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