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Sacramento To Begin Testing Smart Parking App

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

New parking meters have options to add more time for a cost. The meters will soon have additional smart features that are designed to help people find available spaces more easily.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The City of Sacramento Parking Services division hopes to begin testing a smart phone application next month. It would help drivers find available spaces near the Golden 1 Center.
Linda Tucker with the City of Sacramento says the app will give drivers green, yellow or red indicators when they are looking for on-street parking spaces.

"Sac Park App will make it easier to find a parking space in a garage or a lot, reserve it in advance and pay for it, and you will get a discount," Tucker says. "Ideally, this will help the transportation flow downtown and also reduce emissions."
The app will provide information based on data from sensors that will be attached to each of the city's 4300 smart meters.
Sacramento is the first city in the U.S. to have the app developed by the companies Parkeon and Parking Panda.
The city will not be charged to develop the app, but will supply the companies data they can use in advance of offering a similar service to other cities.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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