Think parking in downtown Los Angeles is confusing now? Just wait until some meters start charge rates that vary based on demand.
A pilot program approved the City Council of Los Angeles seeks to impose logic to radically alter the way meter prices are set in the city's center. City officials say this "dynamic pricing" could reduce the time drivers spend circling the block for open parking spots, reduce traffic congestion and lessen air pollution. The so-called dynamic pricing is LA's latest attempt to improve downtown parking.

The dynamic pricing system, called ExpressPark and run by Streetline, will use sensors and other technology to measure demand at 6,000 sidewalk meters and 7,500 spots in public parking structures. The cost to park will be based on demand for each spot at various times throughout the day. In San Francisco, the ExpressPark technology was deemed unsuitable and replaced by a competing system. Bill Ford is an investor in Streetline.

LA city officials hope to have collected sufficient data to begin charging variable rates in April of 2012.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      You are very generous to the people who are running the city than I would be. Who says that there were really more people seeking to park there ? You would never know. If you come back and find that you have been charged a higher amount today than any other day, what is you assurance that there was really that higher number of others looking for that spot? What would keep the city from simply saying there was greater demand at a given time and boosting your rate anyway. You have no control. They can tell you anything they want and you have no way to protest. "I'm sorry, sir (or maam) that area had a great deal of demand that day. Trust me, we would never lie simply to drive up the revenue to the city. RIGHT!!! You have simply given them the keys to your wallet. If they haven't seen this possibility yet, give them time.
      Levine Levine
      • 4 Years Ago
      City of Los Angeles has been insolvent for decades and consequently, is the most money hungry city in USA. The City's police is the most aggressive issuing parking and jay-walking tickets. As to moving violation, don't even think about it. One small miscalculated move will cost you more than $50. These programmable parking meters are just another way the City is out to gouge people. The solution is simple: Be safe. Stay away from LA City. Do your business elsewhere because in the long run, you'll save more money as well as avoid the hassle of dealing with stupid people at the City Hall who will try to tack on additonal fees to whatever ticket you may have.
      the aol experien
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey you have to park at least long enough to go in and get your medical marijuana. It’s got to be the ones smoking it that come up with these ideas!
      morosco99
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, its all the libruls that cauz it all cauz they so stuped. Put God bakk in guvment lik in hte old days. then we be all ok Joey
        • 4 Years Ago
        @morosco99
        I see what you did here... :)
        sixpackdan
        • 4 Years Ago
        @morosco99
        Instead of god how about some real schooling to take care of your spelling problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes sense. Long-term parkers not as likely to hog a spot. Might free up some spots as motorists might shorten their time parking at the spot. Might encourage more use of mass transit. No more parking for 6 hours and feeding the meter every hour as the rates will go up each hour.
        letstakeawalk
        • 4 Years Ago
        Our city banned "meter feeding". Park at a 15-minute meter, that's all you get. Park at a 2-hour meter, same deal. Works great, keeps the spaces turning over so people can actually use them as intended. People who need to park for longer than that can use a city-owned garage, and it turns out to be cheaper than feeding the meters would be, so everyone's happy.
      jkint3245
      • 4 Years Ago
      Always looking out for their constituents aren't they. You have to be kidding! Vote them all out the thieves.
      fast308
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just another way this country is trying to screw us.
      LL
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have tried many programs in an effort to stop the paycheck to pay check syndrome. I'm a single parent , I work full-time and in the past I worked full time and 2 or 3 extra jobs. After experiencing a dead-end moment in my finances, not un-like most people in this economy, I was presented with this amazing simple money making opportunity: ( HTtp://tinyurl.com/OnlineBizSystem ) My trouble in the past was that all my attempts at actually making money online failed. I was just throwing dollar after dollar at any income opportunity out there...
      mpusairsret
      • 4 Years Ago
      Road are for driving, not for parking. Building owners need to provide adequate off street parking for their tenants and customers.
      mobeck
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a goddamn stupid answer. Wealth redistribution. Obviously composed by a dolt who never had or made or knew how to make any wealth. Welfare is the general good. That's why you see cig ******* teens pushing strollers with babies while they yak on their cell phones. On their way to the wealth redistribution office. Christ almighty. You make me puke.....
      canduit14u
      • 4 Years Ago
      the best part is , the politicians who vote for this robbery already have free parking at your expense ! put those bastards out parking on the streets and see how quick they come up with a plan that doesnt include raping the public!
      LL
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have tried many programs in an effort to stop the paycheck to pay check syndrome. I'm a single parent , I work full-time and in the past I worked full time and 2 or 3 extra jobs. After experiencing a dead-end moment in my finances, not un-like most people in this economy, I was presented with this amazing simple money making opportunity: ( HTtp://tinyurl.com/OnlineBizSystem ) My trouble in the past was that all my attempts at actually making money online failed. I was just throwing dollar after dollar at any income opportunity out there...
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