The objective of Advanced Parking Information Systems was to test the operations and effectiveness of providing real-time parking availability information to drivers. At the time of the project, feedback from drivers indicated that there was a perception that parking availability in downtown St. Paul was limited. However, there was not a lack of parking and this project intended to provide travelers with advice about the lots where parking was available.
The operational test consisted of the following:
Determination of parking stall occupancy by participating parking operators during special events in downtown St. Paul and instantaneous transmission of available parking to the Saint Paul Traffic Control Center (TCC)
Instantaneous transmission of information on available parking by the St. Paul TCC to electronic message signs
Wireless, automated parking advisory signs placed at appropriate locations to display the number of stalls available at parking ramps or lots with direction arrows to the ramps or lots