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Pilot projects show promise that pay-by-mobile and pay-by-plate technology would be a good fit, but only as part of larger integrated parking system

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What?
The Department of Enterprise Services is ending two pilot programs to test pay-by-phone and pay-by-plate technology for visitors to the Capitol Campus.

Where?
The visitor parking lots at Jefferson and Maple Park and the Plaza Garage.

When?
January, 2018

Why?
In July 2015, the Legislature -- through the proviso outlined in 2EHB 1115 Sec. 1088 -- directed Enterprise Services to develop an implementation plan for a Capitol Campus parking strategy to put in place recommendations from a 2014 parking study, including piloting new technologies to improve parking on the Capitol Campus.

Earlier this year, Enterprise Services launched pilot projects to test pay-by-phone and pay-by-plate technologies in the visitor parking lots on Maple Park and in the Plaza Garage. The data from the projects show that usage of the technology did not meet the expectations of the pilot project due to lower than predicted visitor parker volumes. The data also show that when parkers used the smart technology, it saved them an average of 3-5 minutes per transaction. 

All of this information will serve as a valuable resource as Enterprise Services develops a request for information (RFI) that it will be released in 2018 as the agency continues to explore opportunities to test and implement new smart parking technologies to improve parking on the Capitol Campus.

Impact
The visitor parking lots will revert back to the pay and display mode of parking compliance. After paying, visitors will need to display their receipt on their dashboard.

Questions?
If you have questions about the pilot projects or parking on the Capitol Campus, email parking@des.wa.gov or call (360) 725-0030.