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Five Ways Municipalities Benefit From Privatized Parking to Smart City Solutions Team
SCS parking team take lots, garages, and on-street parking programs that never been implemented or barely self-sustainable and turn them into a legitimate source of income. For municipalities, this means additional revenue can be injected into local projects and amenities. But beyond profit, good parking operation can yield greater productivity at a lower cost, improve traffic flow, and reduce pollution levels.
Greater productivity, lower costs
- Turnkey management.
Municipalities operating at critical mass face daily challenges relating to how and where human capital is deployed, with parking oftentimes seen as an unnecessary investment. Thus, it inevitably slides down the ever-growing priorities list. In this and many other similar situations, outsourcing to a SCS parking management team will be a turnkey solution. With an abundance of resources, expertise, and specially trained personnel, SCS is fully equipped to provide an end-to-end service that does not require micromanagement. In action, this means:
- Municipal back-office staff are able to focus on other, higher priority tasks.
- On street parking spaces are regularly and reliably maintained, curbing instances of vandalism, visual pollution, and customer complaints.
- Consumers receive a high-quality, standardized level of customer service.
- A variety of technological solutions can be successfully integrated into service delivery.
SCS has a cutting edge technology and constantly evolves to offer a range of technological solutions to consumers that are necessary in order to match or exceed their expectations in an increasingly digitized market — but it’s difficult to keep up with technological developments, including what simply does or doesn’t work, without a dedicated finger on the pulse.
Half of the top 10 emerging trends in the $100 billion parking industry are directly related to sector-revolutionizing technologies, including payment automation, electronic (cashless) payment, mobile applications, sensors, and real-time camera monitoring. With a little push from millennial consumers, these innovations have disrupted the marketplace enough that they must be viewed as staple service offerings by all parking providers who wish to remain a viable consumer choice — including municipalities.
Partnering with an organization such as SCS which is heavily invested in researching the ever-changing technological landscape of the parking industry ensures that technological solutions are selected, implemented, and managed effectively.
Day-to-day operational efficiency can be vastly improved by the more detailed, refined strategies that parking managers put into action, like dynamic forecasting.
Dynamic forecasting is a responsive, analytics-driven approach to resource management that takes into account variables like traffic, rate structures, and the environment. In the hands of experienced parking managers, dynamic forecasting can facilitate the strategic decision-making that optimizes overall operational performance and results for municipal parking programs.
Take enforcement initiatives as an example: dynamic forecasting enables enforcement officers to be deployed more strategically. This not only increases patrol efficiency but also facilitates a more appropriate level of citation issuance and potentially decreases payroll costs.
An outsourced parking management partner can leverage long-standing industry relationships to purchase equipment and labor at a low price when it’s time to renovate, redevelop, or start afresh. This increases cost-efficiency and goes some way toward guaranteeing the quality of purchased resources. Additionally, their ability to infuse modern-day technology into parking.
Improving traffic flow and pollution levels
- Market-driven pricing.
Approximately 30% of drivers in congested downtown traffic are cruising for a parking space — and they spend an average of 20 minutes doing so. This behavior pushes air pollution levels up and brings traffic to a grinding halt. Luckily, the market-driven pricing that SCS management team implement can help to crack down on cruising.
Donald Shoup captured it perfectly: “Because city governments set the prices for curb parking, they choose whether drivers will cruise.” Market-driven pricing manages demand to ensure a sufficient supply of parking spaces is available for the appropriate end-user. As a result, drivers spend less time searching for space, reducing cruising averages, emissions, and congestion significantly.
Increased parking space availability is, perhaps unsurprisingly, to everyone’s benefit. Drivers are less likely to argue with each other over a parking space, providing a small but not insignificant boost to civic satisfaction. Beyond harmonious driver relations, increased space availability fosters a higher consumer turnover for downtown businesses, allowing the local economy to prosper.
SCS Team is an experienced parking management company which can offer municipalities a service that goes far beyond simply increasing meter revenue.
Working with SCS provides the financial, logistical, and environmental pay-off that is undeniable.
Smart City Solutions is the largest operator of Latin America municipal parking systems that provides municipalities with comprehensive patrol and enforcement capabilities, a team of technical experts to manage facility automation and equipment upgrades, and unrivaled customer service support.