Congestion: Myth 3

traffic congestion

Myth:
Expensive, long-term capital projects are the best way to address congestion.

Reality:
No single solution can solve congestion. Both near- and long-term solutions should be used to combat congestion.

A holistic view must be taken when looking at congestion. There is a backlog of $90B in deferred public transit maintenance and replacement projects. Upgrading infrastructure alone is a challenging feat. Policy levers and other demand shifting policies may help to mitigate congestion in the short term and are often less expensive than large capital infrastructure projects. At the same time, capital projects increase transportation capacity (e.g., public transport, roadways, and highways) and are necessary to accommodate for population and economic growth in the long term.

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The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to
produce a
report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a
solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role
of  parking in our cities. For the full study, visit WeAreParking.org/Congestion

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association

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Congestion: Myth 2

Myth:
E-commerce has a zero net effect on congestion.

Reality:
Online shopping is putting more delivery trucks on the road and increasing congestion, particularly at the curb.

It was long thought that the rise of e-commerce would be, at worst, neutral in terms of congestion. The theory was that any increase in delivery truck traffic would be more than offset by a reduction in solo trips to the mall in private vehicles. Changes in consumer behavior enabled by e-commerce have upended this expectation, however. Fast, free shipping, which has become the standard for online sellers, has not only increased orders but also raised the number of single package deliveries. In addition, about 30% of online orders end up being returned, compared to 9% for traditional sales. This creates extra trips. The problem is particularly acute in neighborhoods where congestion is already bad, like urban cores. There, delivery companies compete for space at the curb, often double parking and obstructing traffic.

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The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to produce a
report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role of
parking in our cities. For the full study, visit WeAreParking.org/Congestion

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association

VOTE FOR KUWAIT’S AL JAHRA ROBOTIC PARKING SYSTEM FOR 2018 WORLD’S COOLEST CAR PARKS

The Robotic Parking System built for Al Jahra Court Complex in Kuwait is one of ten on the global shortlist for the World’s Coolest Car Parks competition for 2018 (#WCCP18).

With 2,314 spaces, the Robotic Parking System at Al Jahra holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Automated Parking Facility’.

Martin Mansell, Managing Director of Looking4.com and one of the awards judges, said: “Our top ten demonstrate imagination, innovation and inspiration from architects around the globe, buildings we’d be happy queuing to park our cars in – we look forward to seeing which the public vote as the world’s coolest car park.”

Sophie Killip at DesignCurial and fellow judge, said: “As a design-led website, we were particularly interested in how the architects had used the space in intriguing and clever ways, challenging the traditional view of car parks and transforming the buildings into something exciting.”

We would love to have your vote for Kuwait’s Al Jahra Court Robotic Parking System. Voting ends on 30 June. VOTE HERE! 

PARKING FACTS: Where was the first mechanical parking garage?

One of the earliest uses of a mechanical parking system, which consisted of a groundbreaking multi-story concrete structure with an internal elevator to transport cars to upper levels where attendants parked the cars, was in 1905 at the Garage Rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France. (Source: Wikipedia)

First mechanical parking 1905

Robotic Parking Systems for the Rest of Us

The Miami Herald recently reported that the $560 million Porsche Design Tower condo planned for Sunny Isle Beach, Florida will have a very unique feature – residents will be able to see their cars from their living rooms.

The 57-story luxury tower will contain 132 units with prices ranging up to $9 million dollars. Smaller units will be allocated two parking spaces and larger ones will have four, with 284 robotic parking spaces in total.

The project is reported to be the world’s first condominium complex with elevators that will take residents directly to their units while they are sitting in their cars.

“You don’t have to leave your car until you are in front of your apartment,” said Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

While we don’t deliver your car to the front door of your condo, Robotic Parking Systems offers urban parking facilities many of the same benefits.

Users drive up to the automated parking garage and into a convenient parking terminal. Once they get out and lock their car, Robotic Parking Systems does the rest. The car is picked up by the computerized machinery and lifts that will safely place it inside the building on a shelving system.

The automated parking systems provides:
– Greater security for people and their vehicles. Drastically reduces risk of personal injury. Access to the parking facility is limited to street level terminals. Virtually eliminates dings, dents, theft and vandalism to vehicles.
– Robotic Parking also reduces CO2 emissions and other pollutants and greenhouse gases.
– Users of the facility get the convenience of premium valet parking without the worries of someone else driving the car. Since no one has access to the inside of the facility, the car and its contents are 100% secure from theft and vandalism.

So for the rest of us … check out Robotic Parking Systems.