Some parking spaces to be blocked for project installation
ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville is inviting the public to help test a new Smartphone app that lets drivers know where available parking meters are located.
The free app, called “Parker,” shows real-time parking availability and will be tested in 50 downtown spaces July 1 through Sept. 30.
It was developed by the San-Francisco-based company Streetline and is available for iPhone and Android users.
City crews on Tuesday will install battery-powered sensors in 50 parking spaces on Page Avenue, from Battle Square to Battery Park Avenue; and on Battery Park Avenue between Otis Street and Haywood Street.
The work will begin at 6 a.m. and is expected to last one day. Parking spaces in these areas will be unavailable until crews complete the installations.
Parker’s sensors communicate wirelessly, signaling to Smartphone users whether spots are occupied or vacant. The app will also collect data that reveals local parking patterns.
“Parker will not only allow people to see what’s available in the test area, but the Streetline system will help us collect real-time data on meter usage that will assist us in deploying existing resources as efficiently as we can,” Transit Director Ken Putnam said. “We encourage everyone who can to download Parker and give us their feedback during this test phase.”
Transportation staff is hopeful that the use of Parker will complement the sustainability goals set by City Council by decreasing the time drivers spend on the road, as well as their carbon emissions. According to CNN, some 30 percent of urban traffic nationwide comes from cars hunting for parking spaces.
Those who use the app during the initial three-month trial period can send feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Users may also contact city Parking Services staff by calling (828) 259-5792.
Information on the city’s parking garage locations and fees will also be available on Parker.
The app debuted in December in Los Angeles, and is also being used in New York City; Fort Worth, Texas; and Washington, D.C.story via ashevillenc.gov