Sparkman: A Smart Parking Management Tool for University Campuses

Most universities are constantly challenged by the problem of inadequate parking supply to meet the demand. The common parking management policies are zoning of parking lots (allocation of stalls to different types of users), differentiation of permits and pricing. As an initial step towards finding a comprehensive parking solution, this research focuses on student parking, which is the largest group of parking users on campus. The objectives are: 1. To conduct a survey to understand the factors that influence students’ parking location choices, usage patterns, preferences among the different Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications for parking and levels of tolerance for parking search time. 2. To develop the level of service (LOS) criteria for parking search time; 3. To develop a student parking lot zoning and zone permit pricing (Z2P2) model that groups several parking lots into a zone, and recommend the permit price for the zone; 4. To develop Version 1.0 of a software tool named Sparkman (acronym for Smart Parking Management) that estimates a campus’ total student parking demand, the “base price” of student parking permits, zoning of student parking lots, and the permit prices of the different zones. The total demand and “base price” models have been developed by the PI as two separate models in earlier research, while the Z2P2 models will be developed as part of this project (objective 1). The total demand, “base price” and Z2P2 models will be integrated into Sparkman as part of this research.


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  • Accession Number: 01705184
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation Center (C2SMART)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747124
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 22 2019 1:08PM