New Technology Makes Parking Easier in Los Angeles

The Department of Transportation unveiled new technology that will change the way Angelenos park in downtown Los Angeles.

LA Express Park, a year long demonstration project, is a technologically advanced parking system that will notify motorists where parking is available by using in-ground sensors on city streets and lots. Motorists can download an app on their smartphone and see where the nearest available parking space is located.

“As Chair of the Transportation Committee, I have proudly supported bringing innovative parking management and congestion reduction strategies to the public,” said Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. “Hats off to LADOT for investing in smart technologies that brings real benefits to the public.”

Rosendahl recently showed YouTube subscribers how crews installed the technology and how it works.

The LA Express Park demonstration area involves only City of Los Angeles-owned parking spaces and facilities in a 4.5 square mile area in downtown, and include approximately 6,000 high-tech parking meters that take debit and credit cards.

The system also contains a Dynamic Pricing element which changes the parking pricing based on demand.

LA Express Park is being developed in partnership with Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority supported by $15 Million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration and $3.5 Million in matching City funds.

LADOT says that some areas in Venice will soon be able to enjoy this technology at metered spaces. For more information on LA Express Park and how to use it, visit the project website: www.laexpresspark.org.

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