Parking Facts – How many surface parking lots exist in the US?

There are 500 million surface parking lots in the U.S. alone. In some cities, parking lots take up one-third of all land area. (Source: Jared Green in Grist)

Using technology such as automated, robotic parking can drastically reduce the amount of land area needed for parking and free up space for green, open areas for the community. This is a win-win for both those on both sides of the debate.

 

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Innovative Parking Solution with Premium Advantages

Robotic Parking Systems

Whether planner, developer, owner, operator or driver — a Robotic Parking System offers decisive advantages for everyone:

For users:

  • Increases individual safety and reduces the risk of injury.
  • Premium valet service without the tip.
  • Virtually eliminates dings and dents as well as theft and vandalism.
  • Protects cars from the elements.
  • Average time for storing or retrieving the car is 150 seconds.
  • Cars are transported free of touch on separate pallets.
  • Easy to use. Drive forward to enter and forward to exit the facility.

For planners, architects, developers and owners:

  • Creates more space for design and development.
  • Can be constructed in every form — above ground, underground, on roofs or inside a building complex — in steel or concrete.
  • Increases return on investment.
  • Space gained can be used for green space and open areas to meet LEED standards.
  • Modular and flexible capacity for hundreds to thousands of cars.
  • Can be designed for every level of traffic density.
  • Lower development costs. 
  • More than 4 times the parking capacity on the same land.
  • Ideal solution where space is limited or land cost is at a premium.
  • Reduces operating costs — less personnel, less ventilation and lighting, etc.
  • Flexible design and façade allows the robotic parking garage to fit into any neighborhood or project.
  • Reduces liability. No public enter the area where cars are stored.
  • Not dependent on a single retrieval mechanism.
  • Full redundancy and fail-safes. No single failure will ever result in the system being inoperable. If a single robot fails another identical machine takes over.
  • Lower insurance costs.

For everyone:

  • No exhaust fumes.
  • No noise.
  • Reduces CO2 emissions, other pollutants and greenhouse gases.
  • Reduces carbon footprint.
  • Eliminates tons of highly toxic tire and brake dust every year.
  • Relieves traffic congestion.
  • Valet ease, but you keep the keys.

A half million dollars for two parking spaces?

It may be a little hard for most of us to believe, but two tandem parking spots recently auctioned in Boston sold for $560,000. The parking spaces on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue cost $280,000 each which is almost equal to the median single-family home price in Massachusetts.

And, this isn’t even the most expensive parking space. The record for the most expensive parking spot on Commonwealth Avenue is $300,000 in 2009.

Boston isn’t the only area that is racking up high costs for parking spaces. A spot in a trendy South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco recently sold for $82,000.

Colliers International 2012 Parking Rate Survey ranked Boston and San Francisco fourth and fifth on this list of most expensive monthly parking rates.

We believe man deserves better …

  • Better parking experience – premium valet without the tip.
  • Better safety and security for individuals and their cars.
  • Better environment – more green space – less pollution. 
  • Less congestion.
  • Better use of land and development space.
  • Better revenues and profits.

These are the driving principles behind Robotic Parking Systems’ patented, high-speed automatic parking facilities.

The premium valet service of robotic parking reduces the risk of personal injury. Just pull into the entry terminal, keep the keys and let automation park the car. No walking to and from the car through a parking garage. And, since no public are allowed inside the facility, dings, dents, theft and vandalism of cars are virtually eliminated.

Robotic Parking Systems' happy and satisfied users.

The need for a better parking solution is acute. Studies (1) report that up to 50% of traffic congestion is generated by drivers searching for parking. This unnecessary cruising contributes substantially to pollution and increases carbon footprint. The cost of congestion in the US is estimated to be $133 billion dollars by 2015 (2). Networked Urban Environment states that “traffic congestion-related expenses represent between 1 percent and 3 percent of most cities’ GDP.”

Robotic Parking reduces parking jams.

A Robotic Parking System is a space saving and cost-effective alternative to conventional parking facilities. The technology offers a better use of development space that results in more revenues and profits.

(1) Studies by DOT, Boston College, MIT and others
(2) Texas Transportation Institute

Imagination is the Limit

The Façade of a Robotic Parking System Fits Harmoniously within the Environment

Architects and developers have complete freedom in designing the external appearance of a robotic parking facility – imagination is the only limit.

Any type of façade (brick, living wall, concrete, aluminum or glass) can hang onto the clean outside structural support system of a Robotic Parking garage. All of the machinery, lifts and automation components are installed inside the supporting structure and never interfere with the façade.

This ensures that the garage can fit harmoniously into any project or neighborhood. Entry / exit terminals can also be integrated into the façade environment, while observing both visual as well as functional criteria.

The Robotic Parking System can be constructed in every form — above ground, underground, on roofs or inside a building complex.

Here are a few examples of project designs that incorporate robotic parking.

Robotic Parking Facade

Robotic Parking Facade

Robotic Parking Facade

Small fires set in parking garage

The Idaho State Journal reports that officials in Boise are investigating a recent series of small fires set in stairwells at the Lincoln Parking Garage at Boise State University.

Firefighters found eight fires, six in stairwells and two in plastic garbage cans that melted.

Similar fires were set in October 2012.

This type of crime is very dangerous for individuals, particularly through impeding stairwells.

Such incidents can’t happen in a Robotic Parking System. In our automated parking system, the public is only allowed access to the ground level entry / exit bays and lobby – public are not allowed inside the actual parking facility where cars are stored. This protects individuals and property from crime and vandalism.

One Thing I Don’t Want to Find in a Parking Lot – A Boa Constrictor

I have to admit up front that I’m not fond of snakes and would have been a little freaked out if this has happened to me.

A shuttle driver parked at Tampa International Airport saw a 5-foot-long snake slide over the top of his front tire and go into the engine of his van. He tried everything to get it out – pulling on the tail, turning off the van, driving around. The snake did not move.

TIA police officers responded to the scene as well as Lt. Natalie Brown with Tampa Fire Rescue.

Photo: Lt Natalie Brown, TFR

Brown identified the snake as a boa constrictor that was likely someone’s pet. “So, I bent over, picked up the snake, put it in the pillowcase, tied it up, and that was the end of the day,” she said. “It’s a very healthy looking snake.”

A witness reported that the snake came out of another vehicle parked at the cell phone waiting lot before heading towards the shuttle van.

Florida has a big problem with non-native species, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission is concerned anytime someone’s pet snake gets loose

Source: BayNews9, Tampa, FL

$1.4 Million in Parking Fees Stolen

Abeselom Hailemariam has pleaded guilty for his participation in a conspiracy to steal approximately $1.4 million of visitor parking fees at the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Hailemariam was the location manager for Parking Management Inc., (PMI), the company contracted to manage the 2,000-vehicle parking lot at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Hailemariam supervised the PMI booth attendants at the location, accounted for revenues from visitor vehicles that entered the parking lot, and submitted operations reports to PMI and the Smithsonian.

Over a period of three years, Hailemariam and several booth attendants stole approximately $1.4 million in museum parking fees paid for at least 92,213 visitor vehicles.

Booth attendants withheld parking ticket stubs from paying customers and unplugged electronic vehicle counters in the entrance booths. At the end of each shift, these attendants would submit a false shift summary report to Hailemariam that under-reported the number of vehicles which had entered the parking lot. Hailemariam then compiled the fraudulent data and submitted falsified reports to PMI, which were provided to the Smithsonian.

Attendants paid Hailemariam a share of the stolen revenues at the end of the day by bundling unreported cash with the shift summary reports.

Two other former PMI employees were also convicted and have been sentenced for their roles in the thefts.

The investigation was initiated by the Smithsonian Office of the Inspector General and jointly investigated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Parking Today magazine had a very good point – where was PMI when all of this was going on? Apparently a simple audit by the Smithsonian conducted by counting the cars that pulled in and reconciling that to the cash totals for the day was enough to highlight the problem.

The loss of parking fees is not an isolated incident and occurs in facilities throughout the world.

Robotic Parking Systems Inc ensures that 100 % of parking revenues go directly to the owner’s bank account without loss due to theft of cash. We offer multiple options for cash-less payment and parking garage access. We work directly with developers and owners to design the most workable system for their project.

Sources: FBI / Parking Today

Parking Facts – How much time do cars spend parked?

parking jam

Have you ever wondered how much time you actually drive your car compared to how much time it’s actually parked?

A 2012 study from the Royal Automobile Club in the UK reports that on average a car is only moving about 3-4 % of the time. 80% of the time a car is usually parked at home, and the other 16% of the time it’s parked elsewhere.